Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) developer Moonton Games announced on Tuesday (29 June) that the MLBB Professional League (MPL), the game's premier regional esports league, will be making its first foray out of Southeast Asia and expand into Brazil.
The inaugural season of MPL Brazil will feature eight teams competing for a cut of a US$30,000 prize pool. Six teams will be directly invited to the league while the two remaining spots will be determined through a qualifier from 16 to 17 July.
MPL Brazil Season 1 will kick off with its regular season from 14 August to 19 September followed by the playoffs from 9 to 10 October. The two best teams in the playoffs will then compete for the right to be called the first-ever champions of MPL Brazil in the grand finals on 16 October.
The champions of MPL Brazil will also qualify for future global MLBB tournaments and World Championship events.
With the formation of MPL Brazil, Moonton added that they have "long-term plans on the horizon for the Brazillian market."
“Today marks an exciting new chapter for MLBB esports. The community in Brazil has long clamoured for a domestic professional league, and we wanted to fulfil their wishes to launch MPL Brazil and nurture the next generation of esports athletes," said Ajay Jilka, Director of Regional Esports Partnerships at Moonton Games, said in a press release.
"We’ve seen promising growth for the game, and we wanted to celebrate Brazillian esports, and more specifically the communities that support it, on both the local and global stage. This will become one of the main drivers contributing to the ecosystem’s long-term growth.”
Moonton has partnered with popular social media platform TikTok to host the inaugural season of MPL Brazil. As part of the partnership, the league will be broadcasted on TikTok as well as Facebook, Nimo TV, Twitch, and YouTube.
While Southeast Asia remains the heartland of MLBB, Brazil has been a strong presence in the game's esports scene for years now. Brazilian teams Geo Esports and DreamMax notably represented their country in the M1 and M2 World Championships, respectively.
Brazil now joins Southeast Asian countries in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar in the list of nations that host official MLBB esports leagues.
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