Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) developer MOONTON Games announced on Saturday (6 November) that the M3 World Championship — the third iteration of the game's world championship tournament — will once again be hosted in Singapore this December.
The M3 World Championship will feature 16 of the best MLBB teams in the World do battle in Singapore from 6 to 19 December for the lion's share of a US$800,000 as well as the right to call themselves the MLBB world champions.
The upcoming tournament will also see new regions such as the Middle East, Turkey, North America, and Latin America make their international MLBB debuts.
The participating teams in the M3 World Championship are as follows:
Philippines: Blacklist International and ONIC PH
Malaysia: Team SMG and TODAK
Singapore: EVOS SG and RSG SG
Indonesia: ONIC ID and RRQ Hoshi
Cambodia: See You Soon
Brazil: RED Canids and Vivo Keyd
CIS: Deus Vult
Middle East: GX SQUAD
North America: BTK
Latin America: Malvinas Gaming
The participating teams will be seeded into three pools and further grouped into four different batches through a lottery to ensure that no teams from the same region will be in the same group.
While the M3 World Championship will be an offline, in-person tournament, MOONTON Games has yet to reveal any plans to host a live audience for the event. But the developer did say they will "abide by local regulations to ensure the health and safety of all players and the community."
"Travelling players, staff, and talent will serve out the entire quarantine period and undergo daily temperature checks and ART tests throughout the event," said MOONTON in a press release.
In addition, MOONTON also revealed that in-game campaigns to promote the M3 World Championship, such as an event-exclusive skin and battle pass, will be coming to MLBB. More details on these campaigns are set to be released in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled to have M3 at Singapore again this year. The Singapore Tourism Board and local authorities have been working closely with us to produce a safe and hospitable event for all gamers. We are very much grateful for the continued partnership, and we look forward to reaching new esports heights with M3," said Lucas Mao, Managing Director of Esports at MOONTON Games.
“We are excited to welcome the largest Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament back to Singapore this year. MOONTON Games confidence in hosting the M3 World Championship in Singapore is testament to our ability to execute events safely and reinforces our position as a world-class esports destination. We look forward to welcoming all qualifying teams to Singapore, and to connecting with fans and esports enthusiasts around the world," added Jean Ng, Executive Director, Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development at the Singapore Tourism Board.
Despite the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Singapore has successfully hosted multiple offline esports event this year.
The M3 World Championship will both be the second time that Singapore has hosted the MLBB World Championship as well as the fifth major esports event to be held in the republic this year.
he republic also hosted the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major from late March to early April and the 2021 Free Fire World Series in May, with the League of Legends: Wild Rift Horizon Cup also to be held in the country from 13 to 21 November.