Is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang the next big mobile esport?

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) is a multiplayer-online based arena game for Android and iOS that was released in November 2016. Since then, the game has racked up over 500 million downloads and has 75 million active players, according to Moonton, the developers of MLBB. And now, the game is preparing to take the mobile esports world by storm.

MLBB is already immensely popular in Southeast Asia and has a properly structured esports league in countries like the Philippines and Indonesia called the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL). The fourth season of the MPL-Malaysia/Singapore is going on and has a prize pool of over $100,000. The MLBB SEA Cup held last June peaked at over 276,000 viewers, according to Esports Charts

In addition, MLBB is also a part of the Southeast Asian Games 2019. The SEA Games will mark the first time that esports will be played as a medal event in a sports competition sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee.

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