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Esports: MPL Philippines embarks on a new journey as a franchise league

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) in the Philippines has reached a new milestone in its journey, officially transitioning into a franchise model that aligns the interest of various stakeholders; including players, to teams, and the community to bring a brighter future to esports development in the Philippines.

The franchise will enable a more professional and standardized management system and team operation, providing players the much-needed stability they require. This includes full protection of players’ rights and interests. The diversified revenue model will see over USD 8,000,000 (400M PHP) shared amongst franchise teams over the next three years.

“The launch of the franchise model marks a momentous chapter in MPL PH’s journey as a league,” said Matt Jaron, Director of Business Development, MPL Philippines. “It will provide players greater sustainability and protection – a goal that we’ve been working and striving towards for ever since the inception of MPL PH. We hope that the shift will encourage more players to participate or compete for MPL PH, and boost growth within the local esports ecosystem.”


Mr. Lloyd R. Manaloto, FVP/Group Head, Corporate Marketing & Strategy stated, “As a staunch supporter of Philippine esports, we at Smart support this move by Moonton because it will further elevate and professionalize the league This will tremendously help our esports athletes who have made a lot of sacrifices in choosing this career path, and we also hope that this will inspire more Filipinos to take their passion in gaming to the next level with a much bigger purpose.”

The upcoming season will have a prize pool of USD 150,000, with a revamped rulebook and tournament format. The model will set new professional standards for teams, which will enhance their respective branding and marketing operations. In addition to the franchise model launch, MPL PH will be setting up a local office in [address / city state], which will be operational by end-2021. The league will also be launching the development tournament (MDL) from Season 9, which will enable community teams to join and participate.


For more information, follow MPL PH on the Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok channels for more updates.

MPL PH will commence from August 13 onwards.

Established in 2014, MOONTON is a global video game company dedicated to gaming development, publication and esports. With more than 900 employees worldwide, the company operates offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China. It has successfully launched a number of high-profile mobile games globally and has built long-term relationships with governments and esports organizations in more than 30 countries around the world. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is its current star game and the leading mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game worldwide.

About Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most popular mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game worldwide that brings communities together through teamwork and strategy. With over one billion installations and 100 million active monthly users, the award-winning game is among the top 10 most played in over 80 countries. With an extensive reach across the Asia Pacific region, the multiplayer is available in 139 countries with an expansive global esports presence.

About Mobile Legends Esports
Established in 2017, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Esports serves as a platform for players to pursue their dreams of becoming esports athletes and illuminate opportunities within the international esports ecosystem. MLBB Esports has since expanded to multiple leagues, including the MPL series hosted in Southeast Asia.

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