Malaysia has been going in big on esports, and is now looking at popular MOBA game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
The country’s Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman told reporters that he did not “discount the possibility of bidding to host the Mobile Legends World Cup next year”.
The minister added that he was looking at getting corporate sponsorship to make this happen so that the Malaysian government does not need to fund it. He also pointed out the recent KL Dota 2 Major as an example of how that would work.
The popular phone MOBA from Shanghai-based developer Moonton has seen lots of success in Southeast Asia and in the US, and has made more than US$200 million since its launch in 2016. It will be one of the six official esports games that will be played at the upcoming SEA Games held in the Philippines.
The upcoming Mobile Legends World Cup has not yet had a date set, but it will involve players from the US, South America, Europe and Asia.