Smart Communications and MOONTON Games have partnered for Season 8 of Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) in the Philippines.
The country’s biggest mobile esports league will start on August 27, 2021. Eight teams are set to compete in a round-robin format for a shot at the championship. Participating teams include Blacklist International, Bren Esports, Onic PH, RSG PH, Echo Philippines (Formerly Aura PH), Nexplay Evos (Formerly Nexplay Esports), TNC Pro Team (Formerly Work Auster Force), and Smart Omega.
Recently, Smart and MOONTON Games teamed up for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC). Team Execration was able to bag the championship in the said event, beating the best teams from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Smart and MOONTON Games have been partnering together in the MPL since half a decade ago, this is to support mobile gamers in the Philippines as Smart believes they have a bright future in esports.
“We are very happy to partner with MOONTON once again for another exciting season of MPL-PH. We go as far back as 2016 and together, we’ve seen the tremendous growth of Mobile Legends and esports in our country, turning from just a hobby to a legitimate sports whose viewership and fandom now compare to big sports events like basketball and volleyball. We have also witnessed how Filipino esports athletes developed and made their mark not just here but also in the international arena,” said Lloyd Manaloto, FVP/Group Head, Corporate Marketing & Strategy at Smart.