MLBB SEA Games 2023
The 32nd SEA Games kicked off with a bang this year, with Cambodia being the host country for the first time in history. All events are held at the NABA Theatre and Olympia Mall in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city.
The SEA Games is an illustrious world championship event where the top countries in Southeast Asia and their best qualifying athletes come together to determine the strongest region and take home the all-important gold medal.
The SEA Games don't just feature traditional sports like soccer and hockey; even esports can be stars of the show! Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is exploding in popularity in Southeast Asia, so it's only right the best players and top teams compete against one another in the SEA Games. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has many professional esports leagues like MPL Malaysia, MPL Indonesia, MPL Singapore, and more! The Mobile Legends SEA events are divided into two - for men and women - and will take place from May 10 to May 14.
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The Southeast Asian Games is a biennial sports event held since 1959, with eleven participating regions currently in the 2023 rendition.
The first SEA Games were hosted in Bangkok, Thailand, featuring only six traditional sports: athletics, basketball, boxing, cycling, football, and swimming. There were also only six competing countries at this time: Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, South Vietnam, and Cambodia.
Over the years, the number of sports and participating countries has increased significantly, allowing the event to have more diversity. In line with traditional sports, there are now also esports titles available. The 32nd SEA Games marks the third year since esports' inclusion in the event in 2019. Mobile Legends is one of six esports titles selected for the 32nd SEA tournament, alongside Crossfire, Valorant, PUBG Mobile, Attack Online, and LoL Wild Rift.
This year's SEA Games are the 32nd and is hosted for the first time in Cambodia. Their team will undoubtedly be playing up to earn the crown for their home region.
The format for MLBB SEA Games will be slightly different for the women's and men's tournaments, and both are listed below. The prize pool for each tournament and each competing country is yet to be announced.
Nine countries will compete in the men's tournament, while only six of their regions will also participate in the women's division.
Below is a list of each competing country and their player roster by in-game name.
MLBB SEA Games: Women's Tournament
MLBB SEA Games: Men's Tournament
The men's tournament is highly anticipated due to some star quality players and top names from the MLBB professional scene.
The Philippines are the country to beat, as they are the strongest region in the professional MLBB scene. They boast two major pro-Mobile Legends tournaments: MDL PH and MPL PH.
For this year's SEA Games, their player roster is full of strong contenders from the MPL PH team, Bren Esports, with the iconic duo FlapTzy and KyleTzy competing under the player names "Canon" and "Sayson," respectively. The Philippines also won the gold medal for their MLBB team in the 2o21 Hanoi SEA Games and are looking to replicate their success.
Indonesia is another powerhouse Mobile Legends country, having won the silver medal at the 31st SEA Games in 2021. Their player roster has remained fairly consistent from 2021 and features some players from pro teams like EVOS Legends.
Singapore is another strong contender, coming home with a podium finish in 2021 at the Hanoi SEA Games. They are looking to improve upon their performance and win big.
Below is the schedule for the MLBB SEA Games Women's Division. Match winners are in bold.
Semifinals - May 10
Third-Place Match - May 11
Grand Final - May 11
Semifinals - May 13
Third-Place Match - May 14
Grand Final - May 14
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The MLBB SEA Games should be broadcast on the official MLBB Esports YouTube channel.