World Cyber Games and TikTok SEA host MLBB tournament

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The World Cyber Games (WCG) has announced a partnership with the Southeast Asian branch of social media platform TikTok to launch WCG Rivals#2 Indonesia, a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) esports tournament.

Hosted by South Korean esports company Bigpicture Interactive, the event will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia in May and will boast a total prize pool of $30,000 (⁓£24,000).

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WCG Rivals#2 Indonesia will take place between May 13th and 14th and will be sponsored by South Korean video game developer and publisher Smilegate’s online game platform, STOVE, alongside TikTok. It will be broadcast live on WCG’s official TikTok and YouTube channels.

Over the course of two days, 20 Indonesian TikTok creators, divided into four teams, will compete for a share of the prize pool in a double-elimination format.

The winning team will receive a $15,000 (⁓£12,000) share of the prize pot and an invitation to World Cyber Games (WCG) 2023 BUSAN, taking place in July 2023.

Prior to the weekend’s finals event, creators who upload MLBB gameplay content to TikTok and receive the highest number of likes and views will also be awarded a $6,000 (⁓£4,800) prize.

One of the oldest esports events in the world, WCG was among the first to offer a prize pool exceeding $100,000.

Its inaugural event was held in 2000, and it has been a recurring competition ever since. The WCG was revived in 2017 by its new license holder Smilegate, with its most recent event being held in 2020.

Announced during an online live showcase in late 2022, this year’s WCG has a renewed appearance and is currently underway.

WCG 2022-2023 kicked off with the WCG Open in January, followed by an Open Qualifier event in May, a Group Stage in June, and concluding with the Grand Finals scheduled for July 2023.

Radina Koutsafti
Radina has been a Freelance Journalist for Esports Insider since 2021. When not playing Apex Legends, she enjoys writing about tech, equality and education in esports.