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MLBB Academy League Malaysia (MAL MY) officially announced

MAL MY is an initiative by MOONTON to further grow the MLBB grassroot scene in Malaysia.

MOONTON Games, the developer of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) finally announces the creation of MLBB Academy League Malaysia (MAL MY). This is an initiative to develop new talents and provide an official tier 2 scene for the country. MOONTON will be working hand in hand with IO Esports, a Malaysia-based organizer, for the MAL MY.

Prior to Malaysia, MOONTON already created developmental leagues in other countries. The MLBB Developmental League (MDL) exist both in the Philippines and Indonesia, the two biggest regions for the MLBB scene. Now Malaysia joins the fray with its own tier 2 division, MAL MY.

The MAL MY will provide young players with more structured support, a more competitive environment, and a clear path to professionalism.

Fikri Rizal Mahruddin, head of marketing and business development at MOONTON Games

The MLBB Academy League serves to develop new talent

The MLBB Academy League in Malaysia, which has been prior mentioned in the 2024 MLBB esports roadmap, will be run by IO Esports. This entity has organized many tournaments in the Southeast Asian region, ranging across multiple esports disciples such as MLBB, VALORANT, and Dota 2.

So what is this "academy league" and how does it work? Starting from the second half of 2024, MOONTON will implement the MAL MY. This Academy League will be directly connected to the Mobile Legends Professional Circuit (MPL) Malaysia through a promotion and relegation system.

This means that the best performing teams in MAL MY will be promoted to MPL MY. Simultaneously, the worst performing teams in MPL MY will be relegated to MAL MY. Both tier 1 and tier 2 leagues will run at the same time and it will begin at the start of Season 14 of MPL Malaysia.

Malaysia gears up for the M6 World Championship

Malaysian team, HomeBois, competing at the M5 World Championship.<br>(Photo via Moonton)
Malaysian team, HomeBois, competing at the M5 World Championship.
(Photo via Moonton)

Malaysia is one of the biggest regions when it comes to the MLBB esports scene. However, 2023 saw a dampening end when both Malaysian teams crashed out of the M5 World Championship before the Knockout Stage - the first time it happened in history.

With the creation of the MLBB Academy League, Malaysia has bigger hopes of recuperation. It is a needed support, especially as the country will host the prestigious M6 World Championship end of this year.

Fikri Rizal Mahruddin, Head of Marketing and Business Development at MOONTON Games, stated, “With Malaysia set to host the M6 World Championship at the end of 2024, our newly launched developmental league will play a crucial role in preparing our nation’s esports aspirants to defend our honour as the host country and nurturing Malaysia’s world champions."

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