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Smart Omega Secures Visas for the CODM World Championships 2022

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Smart Omega’s (also called Omega Esports) Call of Duty: Mobile (CODM) team has officially gotten their visa applications approved. The squad shall now make preparations for the CODM World Championships 2022. The tournament is set to be held on 15th December at a live venue in North Carolina, USA. The CODM World Championships 2022 will feature 16 of the best teams from around the world competing in the tournament for the lion’s share of the $1.7 million USD prize pool and this year’s world champion title. These teams earned their slots through local championships which served as qualifiers for the CODM World Championships 2022.

Smart Omega is all set for the CODM World Championships

After the grueling journey of securing a runner-up spot in the Call of Duty Mobile World Championship 2022 – Garena series, Smart Omega is now ready to compete on the main stage against the best teams from around the world.

One of the main issues with esports teams in the Philippines is securing a visa to travel overseas for an offline tournament. However, the team got the help it needed last month after getting the endorsement and support from the House of Representatives Majority Leader Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr., Camarines Sur 5th District representative Miguel Luis Villafuerte, and Camarines Sur 1st District representative Tsuyoshi Anthony Horibata.

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“It is both humbling and overwhelming when you get support from government officials who understand the potential in the growing esports scene in the Philippines,” shared Smart Omega Chief Executive Officer Christopher John Quimpo.

“With the recent success of Smart Omega in various professional esports leagues, we continue to strive and somehow be able to be an example for those striving to venture into the esports scene in the country. We are thankful for the continued trust of Smart and now for the recognition we received from the house through Rep. Villafuerte and Rep. Horibata.”

Rep. Villafuerte and Rep. Horibata also sponsored the team’s gaming equipment, the Asus ROG 6 mobile phone, required by the tournament organizers of the CODM World Championship. The Smart Omega CODM team has been using the phone during training in the lead up to the world championship. 

“On behalf of the team, I would like to thank Cong. Migz & Cong. Hori, the ‘CamSur Young Gunz’, for supporting and believing in Esports Young Gunz ‘Smart Omega CODM’. It is a great honor to represent your country and compete internationally but the greatest feeling is to know that your own government has two bright young minds who understand our industry, throw support and believe that esports has a bright future in the Philippines,” said Smart Omega Chief Operating Officer Phatrick Cruz.

The team was also recognized during a session at the Batasang Pambansa.

“We are excited to represent the Philippines in the worlds and we are grateful to everyone who made this stint possible, especially from government officials who helped our team secure our visas. We will do our best to prove that Filipinos are one of the best CODM players in the world,” said skipper Jerrold “Woopiiee” Regay.

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In July 2022, House Bill 01285 or “An Act Declaring the Month of October of every year as ‘National Esports Month’ and for other purposes” was also filed in the Congress to support the continuously growing esports scene in the country where Smart Omega has already made its mark with competitive professional teams in CODM, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, DOTA 2, and Hyperfront.

The esports scene in the Philippines shall blossom if it receives such amazing support from the government as it helps esports teams to overcome obstacles such as visas and other requirements that may hinder teams from competing overseas.