Paris Saint-Germain (“PSG”) held a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday to announce a partnership with Rex Regum Qeon (“RRQ”), an Indonesian esports organisation. Specifically, they seem to be sponsoring their Mobile Legends team, as the mobile MOBA spins up for its third season.
Yassine Jaada, Chief Gaming Officer of PSG said: “With 43 million Mobile Legends players, half of them in Indonesia, getting into this game was obvious for us. PSG is striving for the best and we are glad to make an association with leading Team RRQ. We’re going to play straight into the Mobile Legends Pro League Season 3 in Indonesia. It starts February 16th and with such quality in our team, we are looking to be the number one.”
Mobile Legends is one of the more popular mobile games in Southeast Asia, competing with Arena of Valor. They have three regional leagues, based in Philippines, Indonesia and a combined league with Malaysia and Singapore. Each league has a prize pool of $100,000 USD (£77,100) up for grabs, with the last regular season running for 6 weeks.
Andrian Pauline, CEO of RRQ said: “Team Rex Regum Qeon is very proud and honored with this collaboration, PSG is a very prestigious brand in the world. It’s good for Esports scene in Indonesia, and i hope we can bring good results for PSG fans and also RRQ. PSG always find and choose the best talent, they prove it with bring the best talent in football such as Neymar and Mbappe in their squad. They will only work with the best.”
Esports Insider says: A surprising development, but a welcome one, PSG entering the Indonesian market with a Mobile Legends team could prove fruitful. It’s clear that they see Southeast Asia as a burgeoning scene, though choosing Mobile Legends over other mobile MOBA games is an interesting choice which could signal a future decision for upcoming tournaments in 2019.