Sixteen teams from around the globe will head down to Jakarta to compete for the title of MLBB world champions.

The much-anticipated Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) M4 World Championship will take place from January 1st to 15th, 2023. Sixteen teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $800,000 prize pool and the title of world champions.

Indonesia to play hosts for the first time

While Moonton had confirmed earlier that Indonesia will hold the tournament, the company revealed today (August 23rd) the host city will be Jakarta. This is the first time the world championship will happen in the Southeast Asian country.

With the M3 World Championship and MSC 2022 both featuring live audiences in the later stages, the M4 will also likely be open to fans.

Sixteen teams from XX regions will qualify through different regional leagues for the M4 World Championship. The regions are as follows:

  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Cambodia
  • MENA
  • Myanmar
  • Turkey
  • North America
  • LATAM
  • Brazil
  • Mekong

The Mekong and Myanmar regions have rejoined the world championship after missing the M3 last year. This season, however, CIS won’t be attending the M4 World Championship. This is likely due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions on the country.

The local Mythic League for the CIS region was announced in February with a $100,000 prize pool but never happened.

The exact slot distribution for each region hasn’t been revealed yet. For the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Brazil, and MENA regions, the local running MPL will determine the teams in the M4. For the rest of the regions, Moonton will likely organize qualifiers.

The prize money in the M4 World Championship will remain unchanged as the teams will battle for a share of the $800,000 prize pool, the same as M3’s.

M4 World Championship to feature $800,000 prize pool
M4 World Championship to feature $800,000 prize pool (Image via Moonton)

The exact format for the event hasn’t been revealed yet either.

M4 World Championship set for another record-breaking year?

MLBB is one of the most watched esports games around the world. The M3 World Championship last year, where Philippines’ Blacklist International were crowned the champions, achieved a record peak viewership of 3.1 million, according to Esports Charts.

Blacklist International posing with the trophy after winning the M3 World Championship.
The M3 World Champions – Blacklist International with their trophy (Image via Moonton)

Additionally, the MLBB SEA Cup (MSC) which took place last June broke its previous viewership record with 2.8 million peak viewers.

While the removal of CIS will definitely affect this year’s viewership figures, the return of Mekong and Myanmar should cushion any losses. It remains to be seen if the M4 manages to beat last year’s figure of 3.1 million peak viewers.

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