What is Latte eSports?
For the seasoned competitive gamer of Guam, who have followed the island’s competitive gaming community since its inception, Latte eSports hardly requires an introduction. Sponsored and supported by powerhouses like KUAM News, Tango Theaters, Agana Shopping Center, and many more, it is a fast-growing niche community and, in its own right, a brand, essentially spearheaded by the passionate Ken San Nicolas, an avid gamer himself.
In 2018, San Nicolas, with his organizing partner and elite gamer Barry Hernandez of the Guam Fighting Game Community, participated in a charismatic interview with KUAM News to promote the Guam eSports Championships, so that they might expand their niche community of competitive gamers and introduce them to Guam as a whole. Ken San Nicolas went on to say, with utmost confidence, that he and Barry have hosted numerous competitive gaming events in the past, and doubtless will continue to do so in the future. “Barry and I are no strangers to throwing tournaments like these,” he states, with an air of nonchalance and poise which could only be cultivated through experience.
The 2018 interview would highlight one aspect among many in regards to Ken San Nicolas: he is passionate about gaming, and the gaming community, bringing them together in an organized, professional way. “We are looking to expose the island as a whole to our niche community,” he went on to explain.
In 2019, it would seem he has succeeded. Latte eSports is not only the biggest source of competitive gaming events and content on Guam, but also the whole of the Marianas.
With Latte eSports, comes Latte ESports League (LEL) —- a monthly fighting game tournament series held at the Agana Shopping Center, currently fielding events for Tekken 7, Smash Ultimate, Mortal Kombat 11 and other fighting games like Samurai Showdown and Dragon Ball FighterZ, as well as expanding their horizons to other competitive gaming realms such as Pokémon GO, Hearthstone, Fortnite, Apex Legends, DOTA 2, Underlords, Overwatch and more.
In fact, the second qualifier event for the Latte Esports League is upon us, as the second of three events geared towards selecting the participants of the Latte Esports League team competition. The LEL team series pits sponsored teams against one another in head-to-head competition every month. Teams are comprised of 2 players who qualify from the qualifiers, and 1 celebrity player picked from the sponsors themselves. The player draft happens 2 weeks following the third qualifying tournament in August.
What’s next for this growing community? Latte eSports takes it a step further by introducing its brand new official website, with exclusive merchandise included: https://latteesports.com.
This will no doubt be the first of many ambitious opportunities which Latte eSports is willing to take in order to grow and expand throughout Guam, and the Marianas.