For the first time ever, Malaysia will play host to the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) 2022, which boasts a US$300,000 (RM1.3mil) prize pool.
A collaboration between developer Moonton Games, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Esports Integrated (ESI), the tournament will feature 12 teams.
Other than Malaysia's Orange Esports and Todak, Singapore’s RSG SG and Evos SG, Indonesia’s Onic Esports and RRQ Hoshi, the Philippines’ RSG PH and Omega Esports, Myanmar’s Falcon ESports, Thailand’s IDNS, and Cambodia’s SeeYouSoon and Impunity KH will be duking it out for a share of the prize pool.
Those who purchase gold tickets, priced from RM35 to RM40, will be able to redeem an in-game chest that’s guaranteed to include a skin such as Cherry Witch Kagura and Amethyst Dance Guinevere.
Gold ticket holders will also get priority access and the opportunity to meet and greet the teams.
Buyers of silver tickets, priced from RM25 to RM30, will be able to redeem two in-game chests.
Tickets can be purchased through the Ticket2u website or on-site when the event kicks off on June 11.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the event showcases the ministry's commitment to expanding and supporting regional esports tournaments as envisioned in the Strategic Plan for Esports Development 2020 – 2025.
"Malaysia has produced many talented esports professionals who have flourished well in international and local competitions.
“MSC 2022 will help to propel Malaysia's esports ecosystem to new heights, well in line with our vision as a vibrant esports hub to nurture our locals to become world-renowned esports athletes,” he said.
The tournament will be held from June 11 to 19 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) in Kuala Lumpur.