Game developer MOONTON Games has expanded its Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) structure to include Cambodia.
The first season of MPL Cambodia (MPL KH), which will kick off today (July 29th), is sponsored by regional mobile telecommunications operator Smart.
This marks the sixth Southeast Asian country to be included in the MPL structure. The competition will be broadcasted via TikTok, Facebook, Nimo TV and YouTube.
Trinity Wu, Cambodia Marketing Team of MOONTON Games, spoke on the announcement in a release: “We are elated to bring the MPL league to Cambodia and serve the local esports community.
”We’d like to thank our partners for helping to bring this exciting development into fruition and are looking forward to uplifting the esports community with our esports expertise.”
The tournament will feature a total of 16 teams, including Impunity Cambodia, Seeyousoon, Burn Gaming, and NewBlood, among others. Teams will be battling it out for a share of the competition’s $40,000 (~£28,664) prize pool.
The champions of MPL KH will automatically be eligible to compete in future Southeast Asian and global MLBB tournaments.
According to the release, the expansion of the league to Cambodia aims to ‘allow local players to flourish as esport players or professionals’, as well as introducing ‘exciting in-game initiatives to engage further with the community’.
The announcement follows the expansion of MPL to Brazil, the first MPL competition outside of Southeast Asia
Esports Insider says: Given the popularity of mobile titles in Southeast Asia, it’s no surprise to see the developer expanding its esports league to another SEA country. The expansions of MPL to Cambodia and Brazil follows the acquisition of MOONTON Games by Chinese technology company Byte Dance, which clearly shows the company’s intentions of further developing the MLBB esports scene.