Michelle Lojo – Philstar.com

January 16, 2023 | 12:27

JAKARTA – At the recently concluded M4 World Championship here, Moonton Games revealed its roadmap for 2023, mentioning the location of its popular tournaments: the Mobile Legends Cup of Southeast Asia (MSC) in Cambodia and the M5 World Championship in the Philippines.

“We are excited that the next M5 will be in the Philippines. We are very excited to provide you with the best hospitality of the Filipinos. So see you at the M5 in the Philippines,” said Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino. he said during the opening ceremony for the M4 grand finale.

In July, during the Thanksgiving night of the Philippine Esports Organization (PeSO) for Sibol’s performance at the Southeast Asian Games, CEO Marlon Marcelo mentioned that the organization’s dream is to host major esports events. .

“We will push for electronic sports in the country. [PUBG Mobile Pro League], yung next Mobile Legends World Championship, Valorant Masters, TI, that’s a dream we want to make come true, sooner rather than later. Lahat sa Philippines na gawin. We are a country of esports [and] PeSO will make sure this happens,” Marcelo said.

Speaking to the media, Tolentino believes that hosting the M5 is the first step to meet that goal.

“[This] it will be the beginning. [Hosting the M5] it will be a great start for the country to be the center [of esports]. We are known for hosting big events in the Philippines,” Tolentino said.

The Philippines has hosted a Moonton tournament before: the MSC in 2018. In recent years, the country has also hosted a major sporting event: the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, where Mobile Legends was one of the esports medalists. in dispute.

The M5 World Championship in the Philippines is scheduled for December 2023.