Matt Jaron of Moonton Philippines’ business development, said this was done so they could further professionalize the Mobile Legends esports (egames) scene locally and make it a long-term investment not just for the viewers but also for the league’s teams and corporate partners.
“It’s really a collaborative decision with everyone in the ecosystem. We are hoping and we know it will offer benefits to everyone. It will offer opportunities to everyone else in the community. So that’s why after so many seasons, now we finally decided it was the best time to launch [a franchise-based] MPL-Philippines,” Jaron said in the briefing.
MPL Season 8 will see changes in roster requirements and tournament format, as well as the addition of regulations safeguarding the players such as player salaries, team subsidies, and the player code of conduct.