Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) successfully launched its first-ever street battle in the Philippines on 17 and 18 November at Barangay 159 Multi-Purpose Plaza in Malibay, Pasay City.
Dubbed “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Liga,” it will be a regular undertaking meant to gather e-sports fans in the country.
As a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), MLBB hopes to provide these nonprofessional players with an arena to show their skills though a street battle called Liga.
Since it was announced on 30 October, avid players celebrated the advent of the game in the country. Hundreds of squads immediately signed up to be part of the three street battles that will happen in different barangays in Metro Manila.
“As a globally-launched game, MLBB has always placed a strong focus on local popular culture and aims to connect with players at a deeper level. Liga being a popular culture within the Philippines and among MLBB players, holding a Liga theme event was a natural decision for us. Moreover, Liga and MLBB share a lot of similarities, both of which emphasize the spirit of competition and teamwork. Players of all skill levels can experience the thrill of competition and teamwork. Anyone can be a legend,” MLBB vice president Cherry Xia said.
Alden makes an appearance
The launch was graced by actor and a self-confessed Mobile Legends enthusiast Alden Richards.
He joined Zeus Collins and Z4PNU as shoutcasters during the first day of the two-day challenge. He said he has been playing the game since it was introduced in the Philippines in 2016.
“I started playing when the game started here in the Philippines,” Alden shared.
So, when he found out that Mobile Legends Bang Bang would be holding its first street league in the country, he made sure not to miss the event.
As an avid player, Alden said his usual default hero is Kagura.
However, he said, “(Usually if it’s a) rank game, (it’s) Leomord.”
The three-street battle is a two-day event, which will be joined by 64 pre-selected squads.
The groups’ e-sports skills will be tested in a best-of-one elimination on the first day.
Then, the top 16 squads on the first day of Liga will return on the second day for the semi-finals and championship rounds, where the best team will be hailed as a winner.
The first Liga was won by NexPlay Squad.
MLBB Liga’s second street league will be held on 24 and 25 November, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Quezon City.
The last street battle will be held on 1 and 2 December, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. MLBB enthusiasts can watch the game live on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s official Facebook page.
The prize pool of each MLBB Liga is P55,000 cash and 100,000 diamonds.
After being in the Philippines for over a year, MLBB has become one of the most popular apps among Filipino e-sports fans.
In fact, a Filipino professional squad already won as champions in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup of 2018.