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Sixteen-year-old Ezequiel “Spidey” Cauilan has emerged as the champion of The Greatest Gamer Philippines, TikTok’s reality gaming contest presented by Smart Communications, Inc.

“The culmination of The Greatest Gamer Philippines witnessed intense battles, strategic gameplay, and heart-stopping moments,” organizers said. “Throughout the competition, Spidey displayed unwavering determination, skill, and passion, standing out among the talented pool of finalists. Their performance showcased the qualities necessary to excel in professional Esports, inspiring gamers across the country.”

Presenting the cash prize during The Greatest Gamer Philippines finale are, from left: Mafe Sanchez, TikTok Operational Specialist - Sports & Gaming; Emmanuel John Castro, TikTok Sports & Gaming Vertical Manager; Winner Ezequiel "Spidey" Cauilan; Robi de Guzman, TikTok SEA Marketing Manager; Rhodelyn Mae Jacinto, TikTok Content Programming; Bea delos Reyes, TikTok SEA Social

“Sobrang salamat sa mga sumosoporta sa akin, lalo na sa pamilya ko dahil di sila sumusuko sa akin. Lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa TikTok at Smart sa pagkakataong ito na maipakita ang husay ng mga Pinoy sa Esports. Sana maging inspirasyon ako sa mga kababayan nating gustong marating ang kanilang mga pangarap. Maraming salamat po,” said Spidey.

[“Thank you so much to those who support me, especially my family because they never give up on me. I am very grateful to TikTok and Smart for this opportunity to showcase the talent of Filipinos in Esports. I hope I can be an inspiration to our countrymen who want to achieve their dreams. Thank you very much,” said Spidey.]

As the winner of The Greatest Gamer Philippines, Spidey received P250,000 cash prize, a one-year contract with Smart’s professional esports team Smart Omega, and the opportunity to join Smart Omega’s esteemed MLBB roster, offering him further opportunities for growth and success in his gaming career.

Inspiring Future Generations of Esports Athletes

“The Greatest Gamer Philippines has been a remarkable showcase of talent, passion, and the power of the Filipino gaming community,” said Vanessa Brown, Director, Business Development, APAC, TikTok. “The competition has not only highlighted the incredible potential and dedication of Filipino gamers but also reinforced our commitment to supporting the growth of the gaming community in the Philippines.”

From the auditions, which drew thousands of passionate gamers, to the exciting challenges in the villa, The Greatest Gamer Philippines garnered immense support with almost 550,000 unique viewers from TikTok users, Esports fans, and the Filipino gaming community across the ten live streams throughout the competition. TikTok provided an immersive experience, offering behind-the-scenes, weekly tournaments, and engaging content that delved into the contestant’s backstories, allowing Esports fans and viewers to follow their journeys closely.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to Spidey,” said Lloyd R. Manaloto, First Vice President and Head of Prepaid and Content at Smart. “His performance is a testament to the immense talent and skill of young Filipinos, who have the potential to dominate esports here and abroad. May his journey inspire more young Filipinos to pursue their passions and dreams.”

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