In a groundbreaking move for the Malaysian esports scene, game developer MOONTON Games, the visionary minds behind Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), have joined forces with prominent Malaysia-based esports event organiser, IO Esports, to introduce the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Academy League Malaysia (MAL MY). This initiative aims to fortify MOONTON’s commitment to nurturing local talent and propelling the MLBB esports ecosystem to new heights.
Scheduled to run concurrently with the prestigious MPL Malaysia from February to May, the academy league is poised to become the official developmental platform for aspiring esports professionals in Malaysia. This strategic partnership is a crucial component of MOONTON’s 2024 vision, which also includes the unveiling of the Midseason Cup, set to replace the MLBB SEA Cup.
IO Esports, renowned for orchestrating esports extravaganzas across the Southeast Asian region, solidifies its collaboration with MOONTON. Previously instrumental in organising tournaments with gaming giants like Riot Games and Krafton, IO Esports stands as a pivotal partner for MOONTON’s ambitious plans.
The newly-established academy league introduces a dynamic promotion and relegation system, ensuring a seamless transition for teams between the MAL MY and MPL Malaysia. The winners of the academy league will secure coveted spots in MPL Malaysia, offering a direct pathway for emerging talents to ascend the ranks of professional esports.
Fikri Rizal Mahruddin, Head of Marketing and Business Development at MOONTON Games, expressed enthusiasm about the league’s role in shaping Malaysia’s esports landscape. “The MAL MY will provide young players with more structured support, a more competitive environment, and most importantly, a clearer path to professionalism,” he affirmed.
One of the league’s standout features is its impeccable timing, coinciding with Malaysia’s hosting of the M6 World Championship at the end of 2024. The Academy League is envisioned as a vital incubator for Malaysia’s esports aspirants, equipping them with the skills and experience needed to represent their nation on the global stage.
As MOONTON Games and IO Esports unite to forge a new era for Malaysian esports, the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Academy League Malaysia emerges as a beacon of opportunity for the country’s budding esports enthusiasts. With a commitment to fostering talent, providing a competitive ecosystem, and building a clear path to professionalism, the Academy League is set to become a cornerstone in the nation’s esports development. As the countdown begins for the league’s inaugural season, the stage is set for Malaysia to make its mark in the ever-evolving world of esports.