The Jakarta Post
One of Asia’s leading sport and media giants, ONE Championship, has announced its inaugural ONE Esports Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) Invitational, which will take place from May 2 to July 5 in countries across Southeast Asia.
Top players and teams from all over the world are to compete for a total prize pool of US$150,000 (Rp 2.1 billion) in the Jakarta round of the competition from July 1 to 5.
"We will not only be providing an opportunity to compete, but also put on a world-class competition," stated CEO ONE Esports Carlos Alimurung in a press release The Jakarta Post received on Thursday.
The competition will bring together the world’s best MLBB players and teams, and is the first of two competitions in the MLBB series that is being promoted with MLBB developer Shangai Moonton Technology. The series aims to develop the best MLBB teams, share and celebrate the stories of e-sports heroes and inspire MLBB fans around the world.
MLBB is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) mobile game that can be played on phones and tablets. It is played in 139 countries and regions in Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and South Asia in 25 languages, and operates on more than 1,200 servers to ensure that the game runs smoothly.
MLBB was launched in mid-2016 for Android and iOS, and is the most popular MOBA game among players outside of China, with more than 500 million installs and 80 million monthly active users. MLBB was also the first title announced as a medal game at the inaugural esports event at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Realizing the industry's huge potential, Indonesia has opened its doors to developing the online gaming industry and has hosted various gaming competitions, among which the largest is the President’s Cup.
Earlier, President’s Cup organizer Giring Ganesha said that the government intended to promote and expand the online gaming industry toward producing world-class online games and gamers.