ONE Championship subsidiary ONE Esports and “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” developer Moonton announced on November 5, 2020 the 2020 Mobile Legends Professional League Invitational (MPLI). Featuring the best teams from the Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL), the tournament will take place online across five countries in Southeast Asia.
Set to begin on November 27, 2020, the tournament will span two action-packed weekends with the finals culminating on December 6, 2020. The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia is the presenting partner for the event, which will be broadcast to fans across the world via both the ONE Esports and Mobile Legends official streaming channels.
“I’m proud of how the ONE Esports and Moonton relationship has blossomed to now include this unique competition, which, for the first time, will enable the best teams from each of the four Mobile Legends Professional Leagues to compete in an online tournament,” ONE Esports CEO Carlos Alimurung stated. “I thank the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia for supporting our mission to share and celebrate the stories of esports heroes who ignite the world with strength, hope, dreams and inspiration. Without them, delivering this first-of-its-kind competition to the esports community would not be possible.”
The tournament will be livestreamed in five different languages, namely Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Burmese, English and Filipino. Details regarding the livestream will be provided in due course via our social announcements and tournament website at oneesports.gg/MPLI.
“I highly appreciate and support ONE Esports’ 2020 Mobile Legends Professional League Invitational as a virtual sports tourism event that will create compelling and engaging travel experience content to encourage domestic tourism travel in Indonesia while adhering to health protocols,” Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia minister Wishnutama Kusubandio stated. “This is in line with our goal to promote Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability in the super priority tourism destinations in Indonesia including Borobudur, Lake Toba and Mandalika.”
A total of 20 teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Singapore were invited to participate in the 2020 MPLI and compete for the $100,000 prize pool. Here is the list:
- Indonesia: Alter Ego, Aurafire, Bigetron, EVOS Legends, Geek Fam ID, Genlix Aerowolf, ONIC Esports, RRQ Hoshi
- Malaysia: Orange Louvre Esports, Todak
- Myanmar: Burmese Ghouls, Ronin Esports
- Philippines: Aura PH, Blacklist International, Bren Esports, Execration, Omega PH Esports, ONIC PH
- Singapore: EVOS SG, Resurgence
“The MPL Invitational is an event that can give the opportunity for our teams from different MPL countries to play in a professional setting so as to gauge each region’s level of play against one another,” Moonton Esports managing director Lucas Mao stated. “Esports is developing at an extremely fast pace in Southeast Asia, and we are so grateful to have our partners, teams, players, and community for showing their support and commitment to the MPL ecosystem. We saw a big increase in our peak concurrent users with Indonesia hitting 2.8 million and Philippines hitting over 700,000 in our latest MPL. We look forward to breaking another record and bringing MLBB esports into the international esports stage.”