February 12 – Paris Saint-Germain is expanding its eSports footprint in south-east Asia with the launch of a team to play on the ‘Mobile Legends’ game platform.
The team will be created in partnership with Indonesian-based esports organisation Rex Regum Qeon and follows PSG’s model of joint venturing in the esports market in Asia. PSG has already partnered with Chinese team LGD Gaming for the Dota 2 and FIFA Online games.
“With 43 million Mobile Legends players, half of them in Indonesia, getting into this game was obvious for us,” Yassine Jaada, PSG Esports Chief Gaming Officer, told the Esports Observer. “PSG Esports is striving for the best and we are glad to make an association with leading Team RRQ.”
The new team’s first is to win the ML: BB Professional League Indonesia Season 3, an annual national competition with a prize pool of $100,000 that serves as the qualifier for the ML Southeast Asia Cup.
The average professional player on the Mobile Legends platform is signficantly younger compared to longer running titles like Dota 2, and Counter-strike and PSG will be looking to tap its brand into that slightly younger demographic.
“PSG is a very prestigious brand in the world. It’s good for Esports scene in Indonesia, and I hope we can bring good results for PSG fans and also RRQ,” said Andrian Pauline, Team RRQ CEO. “PSG always find and choose the best talent, they prove it with bring the best talent in football such as Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé in their squad. They will only work with the best.”
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