Filipino teams Bren Esports and Smart Omega are set to fight against foreign squads for the coveted title and the $140,000 (over P6.7 million) winner’s prize in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship (M2) slated to start on January 18 in Singapore.
Game publisher Moonton put up a $300,000 (over P14.4 million) prize pool for the first offline tournament in Southeast Asia this year featuring the 12 best MLBB teams across the world.
“Mobile Legends traces much of its global success today to its roots in Southeast Asia and MOONTON is very pleased to bring this great news to gamers everywhere with much thanks to the support of the Singapore government and our industry partners,” said Justin Yuan, co-founder and chief executive of the game developer giant.
“This will be our most exciting event ever as our top players embark on this epic journey to battle it out in Singapore,” Yuan added.
With the help of the Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), M2 will be held behind closed doors within the safe confines of Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.
Moonton has worked closely with various industry experts and local authorities to ensure the safety of all the players and other delegates from Covid-19 inside the “M2 bubble”.
All teams have already arrived at the well-contained venue and are ready to slug it out starting on Monday.
Besides Bren and Omega, also invited in the international tournament are Indonesia powerhouse squads RRQ Hoshi and Alter Ego Esports, Malaysia’s Todak, Singapore’s RSG and Evos SG, Myanmar’s Burmese Ghouls and Cambodia’s Impunity KH.
Completing the contenders are Japan’s 10S Gaming Frost, Russia’s Unique Devu and Brazil’s DREAMMAX.
MPL-Philippines Season 6 champion Bren will kick off its campaign in Group C against 10S Gaming Frost and Alter Ego on January 19 (Tuesday)
On the other hand, runner-up Omega will open the tournament against Todak followed by a match versus Impunity in Group B on January 18 (Monday).
For its millions of fans around the world, Moonton has dedicated the entire month of January as a celebration of Mobile Legends esports. Fans can feel the M2 experience with a special game client and a series of promotional activities highlighted by an M2-themed skin.
Mobile Legends reached one billion downloads on iOS and Android mobile phones in November last year. Moonton also announced that 9.77 billion matches have been played and 9.8 million players have reached the top rank of Mythic.
The growth of the game has been exponential in the past year and the M2 World Championship is expected to reach 400 million views through various broadcast channels.