While SEA’s best MPL teams are still battling it out at the ONE Esports Invitational, Moonton has announced the return of its annual Mobile Legends World Championship. With the tournament now going into its second iteration, it will officially be called the M2 World Championship.
M2 will take place in Singapore in January 2021, taking in organizational efforts from Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association and support from the Singapore Tourism board.
While the event will be held offline, the World Championship will refrain from having a live audience and will stick to providing streams for its many participating regions.
With Mobile Legends becoming a more impactful game in terms of global presence, Moonton co-founder and chief executive, Justin Yuan, still believes in bringing the game back to its home turf of Southeast Asia.
“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,” said Yuan. “This will be our most exciting event ever as our top players embark on this epic journey to battle it out in Singapore.”
As the second official World Championship of the mobile MOBA, M2 will have to exceed expectations in terms of competition and viewership. While the 2021 tournament has a confirmed prize pool of US$300,000, M1 had a similar prize pool of US$250,000 and managed to garner 648,000 peak viewers with almost 10 million hours watched.
With the MPL regions getting stronger and more willing to venture into international brackets, we’ll definitely see M2 host one of the most anticipated tournaments for 2021.
Moonton will likely release more details about M2 in the coming weeks.