The Jakarta Post
The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang app is seen on a smartphone. Indonesia is a major potential market for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. (shutterstock.com/Jasni /File)
Indonesia is set to return as the host of "Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2018" (MSC 2018), which is the Southeast Asia regional leg of the multiplayer online game "Mobile Legends: Bang Bang" (MLBB) competition.
Slated for three days from July 27 to 29 at JIEXpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, this year's competition is said to be bigger than previously and will also be live broadcast on Facebook in Indonesian, Thai and English.
Initiated by the game's developer and publisher Moonton, the event will feature 10 teams from seven countries, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
“The scale will be much bigger this year,” said Irliansyah Wijanarko, chief growth officer of Revival.tv as the event organizer, during a press conference on Monday in Jakarta. “We know how our players in Indonesia have grown, so we want to accommodate them with a proper venue for this eSports.”
Irliansyah said that last year the three-day event attracted up to 51,000 people, meanwhile the Indonesian Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) competition in June saw the attendance of 78,000 people.
All of this year’s participants were officially invited by the committee. Hence, only certain representatives, who are winners or talented teams at MPL season 1, will be taking part in the competition.
Caya Yan, country manager of Moonton Indonesia, speaks during a press conference on July 2 at The Pallas in South Jakarta. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
A total prize of $100,000 has been prepared for the winners.
Regarding its future plans, Moonton says that it is seeking to invite other countries to join next year's MSC, such as Laos and Cambodia. The developer also plans to hold a World Cup version of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang by expanding to Europe, North America and Latin America.
“Moonton wants to make eSports in Indonesia something that is long-lasting; not merely a trend that only survives one to two months or a year,” said Irliansyah. “We want eSports to be the future of entertainment with a developing industry, so it’s not merely playing a game because it requires a workforce too as player, designer and marketing. We want the government to know that eSports are not solely children’s games, but could be a promising industry.”
Visitors who are interested in watching the match at the venue can book their tickets on the spot. However, those who want to hold nobar (public screenings) of the match, also known as pubstomp, can submit a proposal to the organizer.
The first edition of the MSC was held last year. Taking place at Gandaria City in South Jakarta and Taman Anggrek Mall in West Jakarta, the competition reportedly broke records, including 30 hours of live streaming on MLBB's YouTube channel and Facebook account, 6.12 million viewers on YouTube and 4.6 million viewers on Facebook. (kes)