Apart from preparing to play one of the lead roles in the upcoming new soap Marry Me, Marry You, Paulo Avelino has also been focusing on his other role as gamer and co-owner of the e-sports company LuponWXC. The 33-year-old actor denied that gaming has affected his family life.
“Hindi naman nakakaapekto kasi sinisigurado ko na yung mga mahal ko sa buhay, yung mga katabi ko, alam na nila na naglalaro talaga ako. Priceless din kasi yung konting oras na nakukuha ko sa paglalaro. Kunwari yung makalaro ako ng isang oras, dalawang oras in a day, pang de-stress or after a long day’s work,” he said.
With his company also handling the careers of promising streamers in gaming, Paulo said he sees a lot of potential in Pinoy gamers.
“It looks like an out-of-this-world industry but everything will unfold eventually and nasa entertainment pa rin siya so sana lahat tayo makinabang sa industriyang ito paglaki nito in the future. I wouldn’t say I’m the best person to ask dahil I’m not really successful or known in the gaming industry but I’ve seen a lot of talents. Hand in hand malapit rin siya dito sa industriya natin kung nakikita mo kung paano sumisikat yung mga streamers. So maraming factors. May study ata sa Twitch dati na dapat tatlo, entertaining ka, nakakatawa ka or magaling ka talaga maglaro. Basta nama-manage mo at nakikita mo yung projection mo and consistency of streaming. It’s always nice to have a streaming schedule para alam ng tao na pag oras na yun alam nila na live ka. It’s really building up and rallying your whole community. Kumbaga para sa amin, mga fans mo, inaangatan yun kasi sila yung sumusuporta sayo,” he explained.
With e-sports now becoming a major source of entertainment even before the pandemic, Paulo is hopeful about the future of the industry.
“Parang mahirap i-path ang career ng gamer kasi as a gamer parang ang daming puwede puntahan eh. Puwede ka sa broadcasting, puwede ka sa production, puwede ka sa pro scene, puwedeng nasa team management and streaming. So ngayon pa lang lumalabas yung mga puwede pang gawin within the industry. Five or ten years ago hindi mo ma-i-imagine na magkakaroon ng industriyang ganito. So pag nakikita ko yung mga nangyayaring ganito, lahat sila masaya eh halos. Pag nakikita mo na masaya sila sa ginagawa nila, at the same time nagagawa nila yung mahal nila gawin, parang natutuwa ako na sana mas marami pang mabigyan ng opportunities to be like them,” he said.
Aside from planning more live events with LuponWXC, Paulo said that he would also consider developing their own games in the future. “Hindi siya ganun kadali in my opinion unless you’re going to build a game like Flappy Bird, yun siguro yung mga kaya. Pero millions and millions of dollars din ang kailangan to develop your own game especially if you want to be a triple A game, yung mga magaganda talaga. But who knows? Maybe someday in the future i-consider din namin to develop our own games, “ he added.