Will Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) be the next big thing in mobile Esports? It seems MOBA have big plans in store for the multiplayer-online based arena game coming in the near future. MLBB is available on both Android and iOS and was released back in 2016. In the last 2 years the game has gathered a following with over 500 million downloads and 75 million active players according to Moonton, developers of MLBB.
MOBA have announced that they have big plans for the popular mobile title that they expect to take the mobile-Esports-world by storm. Immensely popular in Southeast Asia, MLBB already has a structured Esports league in certain countries. The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) takes place in the Philippines and Indonesia, the fourth season of which is taking place in 2019. The event is hugely popular in Southeast Asia and has a prize-pool of over $100,000, the MLBB SEA Cup which took place in June hitting a viewership of over 276,000 people.
MOBA confirmed that MLBB would be a part of the Southeast Asian Games for 2019. These SEA Games are significant as the event has already been sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, meaning the event will be played as a medal event – the first of its iteration in the Esports world.
The game is not as widely known outside of Southeast Asia though it seems this may be about to change. Developers recently confirmed plans to upgrade their game engine in order to address lag issues and loading times. They plan to enhance the game graphics and frame rate as well as an upcoming interface overhaul.
The signs seem to be bright for fans of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, everything pointing at this title becoming a leading mobile Esports title in no time. MLBB 2.0 should see significant improvements and therefore pull a much wider audience internationally speaking.
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