Esports Integrated (ESI) Announced the Expanded Malaysia Esports League 2022 (MEL22) for Grassroots Esports Players.

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PUTRAJAYA, SEPT 8, 2022 – Esports Integrated (ESI), an initiative to catalyse a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive ecosystem by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), today announced the start of Malaysia Esports League 2022 (MEL22). As part of KBS’s Strategic Development Plan for Esports Development, the second edition of the Malaysia Esports League will be held from 12 September until 3 December 2022.

Offering a prize pool of RM299,500, MEL22 will be expanded to include 2 new game titles and expanded categories from 4 to 7, with the inclusion of a special people with disabilities (PWD) league. Following up on the success of Malaysia Esports League 2021 (MEL21), MEL22 aims to provide a more comprehensive and inclusive platform for Malaysian esports talents to compete and showcase their talents. MEL22 will be divided into 3 series, namely the MEL22 Regular Series which consists of MEL22 State Leagues and MEL22 Nationals featuring 3 game titles – Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), PlayerUnknown’s Battleground Mobile (PUBGM) and Garena Free Fire (FF); MEL22 Open Series featuring 3 game titles – Dota 2, FIFA23 and Valorant; and Para MEL22 (game title to be announced soon via ESI’s social media accounts).

MEL 2022 Roadmap

The MEL22 Regular Series aims to provide a platform for grassroots esports enthusiasts to compete at the state level (MEL22 State Leagues) and later represent their states in the national playoffs (MEL22 Nationals). In partnership with Moonton, Tencent and Garena, the respective publishers for MLBB, PUBGM and FF, winners from the national playoffs will progress into ESI’s professional level tournament, Malaysia Esports Championship 2022/2023 (MEC 2022/2023) and later progress into the publishers’ own professional circuit such as MLBB Pro League Malaysia (MPL), PUBGM National Championship (PMNC) and FF Malaysia/Cambodia/Philippines Majors (FF MCPS). MEL22 State Leagues will start from 12 – 29 September 2022 and will be conducted virtually, and MEL22 Nationals will start from 1 October – 2 November 2022, held physically at ESI Hub, Spacerubix Puchong.

The MEL22 Open Series will be an open tournament for all players from various levels (amateur, semi-professional and professional), whilst Para MEL22 is the continuation of ESI’s OKU-only tournament, giving opportunity for OKU esports enthusiasts. Both series will be held physically at ESI Hub as well. “KBS would like to invite esports enthusiasts of various levels to participate in MEL22. Continuing the success of MEL21 last year, where 50,000 individuals registered to participate and close to 1.2 million viewers, MEL22 is expected to draw a large number of registrations and views; so register now before the slots are full.” said YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Faizal bin Dato’ Azumu, Ministry of Youth and Sports.

MEL 2022 – Press Start

“We are delighted to announce the expansion of Malaysia’s biggest grassroots esports tournament, MEL, for this year. This allows for more enthusiasts, especially youths, to compete and venture into the local esports competitive circuits. With a clear progression from MEL to MEC and publishers’ own professional tournaments, we would like to ensure a clear path for any esports enthusiasts to compete and progress; from the amateur state level, one can compete up to the international level.” said Fadzli Rahim, the Vice President of Operations and Growth, ESI.

MEL22 is organised by ESI in collaboration with 16 state esports associations, and registrations are currently open via http://www.esukan.gg. Matches will be live streamed via ESI
and KBS’s Facebook pages.

 

About Impact Integrated

We are a strategic catalyst agency for and under the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) purview.  As an impact-driven, non-profit company limited by guarantee (CLBG), Impact Integrated has three focus areas, namely youth, esports, and media, across several flagship brands; Impact Malaysia, Rakita 107.9, Esports Integrated, Spacerubix, Picksum and mySukan TV.

About Esports Integrated (ESI)

Esports Integrated (ESI) is an initiative to catalyse a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive Esports ecosystem powered by Impact Integrated under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. At ESI, we aim to create structures and programmes to support establishing a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive ecosystem that enables growth, ensures protection and expands diversity. As an initiative, ESI cares about nurturing and encouraging the growth and expansion of the Esports ecosystem while at the same time ensuring that the ecosystem’s environment embraces healthy values and is inclusive.

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