In a stunning development, Alodia Gosengfiao, the revered Filipino cosplayer, made waves on social media two days ago, declaring her departure from Tier One Entertainment. The reason cited was a misalignment of visions and values between the accomplished cosplayer and the esports company.
Since her entry into the organization in 2017, Alodia, also known as Senpai Alodia, played a pivotal role as the co-owner and Chief Commercial Officer, actively championing Tier One-related initiatives. Notably, she spearheaded the Blacklist International esports venture alongside CEO Tryke Gutierrez, propelling the duo to establish Tier One and Blacklist as dominant forces in the Southeast Asian entertainment industry. Partnerships with industry giants like Warner Music Group, GroupM, and Moonton underscored their ascent.
However, on December 23, 2023, Alodia announced her decision to step down from her roles as CCO and co-owner after six years of dedicated service. Despite the plethora of achievements, she expressed a growing disconnect between her ideals and the evolving direction of the company.
In a heartfelt statement, Alodia remarked, “It is with a heavy heart that I bid Tier One Entertainment farewell. The journey we shared in building the company has been both challenging and rewarding. However, it has become evident that our visions and values are not aligned. I am grateful for the experiences, relationships, and accomplishments we’ve achieved together.”
Tier One Entertainment reciprocated with gratitude, acknowledging Alodia’s indispensable role in their success.
“You are an unwavering beacon of excellence and continue to be an inspiration to cosplayers, content creators, and our industry as a whole. We are truly grateful for the time and dedication you have given us over the years. In the Philippines and around the world, you are undeniably one of one,” conveyed Tier One. “We wish you all the best in your next chapter and hope you find that place, both professionally and within your beautiful growing family.”
While the announcement seemed devoid of overt discord, it has ignited a fervent debate within the Filipino gaming community, particularly among Alodia’s ardent supporters. They posit that internal dynamics within Tier One and Blacklist compelled her exit from a team that held significant personal importance.
References to Blacklist’s issue regarding Rivalry sponsorship, particularly affecting Blacklist International icons Johnmar “OHMYV33NUS” Villaluna and Danerie “Wise” Rosario, have been cited by some. Additionally, laments have been voiced over the departure of Alodia, celebrated for her robust connections and effective communication honed through her standing as a top-tier entertainer.
As of now, Alodia shows no immediate inclination to re-enter the esports arena. Nevertheless, with her wealth of experience and influence, she stands poised as a potential game-changing partner for any team seeking to expand its footprint in the burgeoning SEA market, especially in the Philippines gaming scene.