Introducing the CrossFire Stars Invitational: Manila

CrossFire fans of the Philippines, it’s your turn to show the world just how esports is done here.

A key partnership between CrossFire developer Smilegateand esports organizing body ESL has recently given birth to the CrossFire Stars Invitational, a brand new series that looks to take some of the world’s best players all over the globe – straight to the fans themselves

“The CFS INVITATIONAL was created to expand tournaments within Crossfire to bring enjoyment to global fans. Smilegate Entertainment will put its utmost effort to develop Crossfire esports by expanding its tournaments in cooperation with global eSports organizers like ESL.”

Brady Yeo

General Manager for Esports, Smilegate Entertainment


Manila, thanks to its rapidly growing reputation as a global premier spots for hosting esports tournaments of this scale thanks to the amazing turnout of loud and passionate fans in previous events earlier this year, has been selected as the site for the CFS Invitational’s maiden voyage.

Next month, four of the world’s best CrossFire teams collide in the CrossFire Stars Invitational: Manila, running from October 15-16 at the SMX Convention Center Hall 3, where pride, glory, and the lion’s share of the 30,000 USD prize pool will all be on the line.

Players from China, Vietnam, and Brazil will be flying over to the Philippines, where they get to experience firsthand the roar of Philippine CF fans – where there is little doubt that the local crowd will be completely behind Pacific Macta, the hometown heroes who have earned the right to represent the country after coming out on top of the 2016 PH CrossFire Elite League.



The Finalists

  • Pengfei “Even” Zheng
  • Sinan “LSN” Li
  • Shuai “70kg” Lang
  • Maoqing “TMQ” Tang
  • Qian “ZQ” Zhang

Clan AG is one of the first pro teams in the history of CF China, run throughout the years by professional esports experts. AG has incubated numerous CF pro players and boasts outstanding records both in national and international tournaments. The players participating in this CFS Invitational Manila comprise what many would consider to be an all-star team. .


  • Quoc “Snail” Le
  • An “Aly” Trinh
  • Tuoi “Rudo” Ho
  • Phong “Shady” Mai
  • Hung “Rita” Nguyen


Boss.CFVN is one of the eldest clans of Crossfire Vietnam. In 2016, they made a new line up with 4 core members from Cybercore (“Aly”, “Rudo”, “Snail” and “Shady”) and the best player of Vietnam Middle Alliance – “Rita”. The combo between “Aly’s” head and Rudo’s AWP allows the team to consistently control the map and storm the opponent’s defense without much hitch. With 9 victories in CFEL, the Boss.CFVNboys arethe undisputed kings of Vietnam CF right now.


  • Alecio “v1NNic” dos Santos
  • Yuri “AimGreen” Barbosa
  • Matheus “mAthsgz” Matias
  • Deivison “Ryuzao” Cruz
  • Joao “JOW” Souza

Remo Brave is legendary Brazilian team RMA e-Sports rebranded, the incarnate of the best Western team in the CFS Season 2 finals at Chengdu, China. The team represents the football club Clube do Remo. Remo Brave blends experienced players like “V1nni”, “J0w” and “Math” with fiery upstarts “Ryuzao” and “AimGreen”, allowing for a dynamic team. Remo Brave had three players among the four best in the biggest 1×1 tournament of Latin America “EuSou a Lenda” (I’m the Legend), which proves that this group of lions is truly among the best in the world.


  • Dennis “Bayo” Ramos
  • Christian “Revenge” Amores
  • Aldrin “Aldrin” Borabon
  • Mark “Kram” Chan
  • John “zYk” Alde

The Pride of the Philippines, Pacific Macta has never changed its roster since it represented the Philippines for the first time in Crossfire Stars 2014. There, the team grabbed 3rd place,before eventually qualifying again into the CFS 2015 Grand Finals. Until now (2016), they remain the undefeated championsofthe Philippines, with “Revenge” being the best sniper in the country.


For guests, expect our secret special guests to add more heat on this action-packed event! Entrance to the event is free, with limited slots. More information regarding this coming soon!


Now, Manila readies itself for the very first international CF tournament to ever take place in the country — further adding to what has thus far already been an impressive 2016 for Philippine esports.

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Event Schedule (Oct 14-16)

National Finals (October 14, Friday)
10:00 – 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:00 AM – 12:00PM PH National Final – Match 1
12:00 – 12:30 PM Intermission: Cosplay Stage
12:30 – 1:30 PM PH National Final – Match 2
1:30 – 2:00 PM Intermission
2:00 – 3:00 PM PH National Final – Match 3
3:00 – 3:30 PM Intermission: Special Secret Guest
3:30 – 4:30 PM PH National Final – Match 4
4:30 – 5:00 PM Intermission: Love Beat
5:00 – 6:00 PM PH National Final – Match 5
6:00 – 6:20 PM Intermission: Pre-Final Video
6:20 – 7:20 PM PH National Final – Match 6: GRAND FINALS
7:20 – 7:40 PM Awarding Ceremonies


CFS InvitationalDay 1 (October 15, Saturday)
10:35 – 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:00 AM – 7:30 PM CFS Group Stage – Matches1 – 6
7:30 PM Onwards Day 1 Recap


CFS InvitationalFinals(October 16, Saturday)
10:35 – 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Playoffs Round 1 (BO3) – Rank 3 vs Rank 4
3:00 – 7:00 PM Playoffs Rd. 2 (BO3) – Rank 2 vs R1 Winner
7:00 – 10:00 PM Grand Finals (BO3) – Rank 1 vs R2 Winner
10PM Onwards Winners’ Ceremony + Closing



ESL is the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Leagues, StarCraft® II World Championship Series, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, North Americas and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (


Smilegate is Korea’s leading game company, which develops and services mobile and online games.  It has five core business sectors – game development, publishing, platform, investment and social contribution. Established in Korea in 2002, the company is the creator of CROSSFIRE, the world’s top online FPS game with over six million concurrent players across the globe, and many more distinguished titles (


GBPlay, Inc. is one of the largest online game distributors in the Philippines, and is the local distributor of CROSSFIRE in the country.  More prominently known through its brand category name Gameclub, the company is currently partnered with more than 7,000 internet cafes nationwide (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao), and also provides micro transactions revenue model to create and establish loyalty among its target markets. In January 2015, GBPlay, Inc. reached more than 30 million registered users and recorded 8.8 million visitors at its game portal, a testament to the company’s goal to be the leading online game distributor in the region (


CROSSFIRE is currently serviced in 80 countries throughout Asia, Europe, South and North American regions. Crossfire has recorded in USD 1.1 billion in global sales and the largest figure for a single game in online FPS genre(



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