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Filipinos bond over esports death matches

Making friends is half the fun for players

Gamers compete at an esports event in Manila on Dec. 5.

MANILA -- Esports is growing big in the Philippines, with in-game chats a particularly enjoyable part of the experience.

The trend comes as esports debuted as an official medal sport at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games recently held in the country, where thousands of athletes from 11 nations competed in 56 sports through Dec. 11.

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