Singapore — Shanghai MOONTON Technology Co. Ltd. (MOONTON), the developer of Southeast Asia’s most beloved esports title Mobile Legends Bang Bang (MLBB), is pleased to announce that its premier global event M2 World Championship will be held in Singapore in January 2021, reaching an expected viewership of 400 million globally.
Organized by MOONTON in collaboration with Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), this will be the first global offline esports event to be held in Southeast Asia in 2021 as top esports teams from around the world will be converging in the safe confines of the Shangri-La Singapore to battle for a prize pool of USD300,000 behind closed doors.
“Mobile Legends traces much of its global success today to its roots in Southeast Asia and MOONTON is very pleased to bring this great news to gamers everywhere with much thanks to the support of the Singapore government and our industry partners. This will be our most exciting event ever as our top players embark on this epic journey to battle it out in Singapore”, says Justin Yuan, co-founder and Chief Executive of MOONTON.
“The growth of esports continues to accelerate especially in such uncertain times. We are heartened to welcome a global title like Mobile Legends, as we safely and gradually resume events in Singapore. MOONTON’s confidence in hosting the M2 World Championship in Singapore is a testament to our reputation as a safe and trusted destination and we will continue to step up the necessary precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all visitors.
With the hosting of the M2 World Championship, we look forward to connect with fans virtually and hope to welcome esports enthusiasts around the world for future international esports tournaments and events”, said Jean Ng, Executive Director, Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development
“The team at SCOGA and myself are very humbled to be working with the wonderful team at MOONTON along with local government agencies and industry partners. Hosting one of the world’s biggest events right here in Singapore not only gives hope to so many esports fans in a time of unprecedented disruption, but it also provides many opportunities to Singaporeans and encouragement to pursue their dreams and aspirations”, according to Nicholas Khoo, co-founder of SCOGA and esports veteran.
One of the most popular esports titles in Southeast Asia and in international markets including Japan, Brazil and Russia, MLBB recently reached one billion downloads on iOS and Android mobile phones in November this year. In November, MOONTON also announced that 9.77 billion matches have been played and 9.8 million players have reached the top rank of Mythic.
The growth of the game has been exponential in the past year and M2 World Championship is
expected to reach 400 million views through various broadcast channels.