Moonton Games recently revealed its comprehensive esports roadmap, providing a glimpse into the ambitious plans for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports in Southeast Asia and beyond.

One major highlight of this year’s esports calendar is the revamped Southeast Asia Cup (MSC).

In an announcement video shared on their YouTube channel, the developers not only announced the tournament’s new name but also delved into the reasons behind the changes made to one of their flagship events held annually.

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Here are all the changes and improvements to this year’s MSC tournament

ONIC Esports lift the championship trophy after winning the MLBB Southeast Asia Cup 2023 on June 18 at the Aeon Mall Mean Chey in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Credit: Moonton

According to Moonton, they aim to embody its “Esports for Everyone” vision in the tournament, fostering diversity and inclusivity to provide global athletes with the opportunity to compete in one of the most-watched esports tournaments worldwide.

To reflect this commitment, Moonton has rebranded the Southeast Asia Cup as the Mid-Season Cup, signaling an expansion beyond Southeast Asia to include more regions.

MPL MENA Egyptian team Team Occupy during the MSC 2023 tournament
Credit: Moonton Games

The tournament will be hosted outside Southeast Asia for the first time, featuring a larger prize pool and an increased number of participating regions, with China being among them.

Full list of all Mobile Legends MSC winners throughout the years

In the period from MSC 2017 to MSC 2022, the tournament exclusively featured Southeast Asian teams.

However, MSC 2023 marked a significant shift by introducing three non-Southeast Asian teams — North America, MENA (Middle East and North Africa), and Turkey.

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