MOONTON Games and Garudaku Academy partner up to enhance education for Indonesia’s esports ecosystem

by Muhammad "Flava" Farouq
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18 November 2022 – The development of the esports industry has grown rapidly over the last few years. According to the Global Games Market Report 2021, Indonesia occupies the position of 17 largest gaming markets. This data is reinforced in the Indonesia Esports Industry Outlook 2021, according to EVOS Esports (one of the largest esports teams in Indonesia), where the market alone has 274.5 million gamers. Across Southeast Asia, Indonesia contributed up to 43% of the total gaming population and was the highest revenue contributor, USD 2.08 billion or around Rp 30 trillion in the last year.

The high number of gamers and revenue streams indicate that Indonesia’s esports industry has considerable potential. However, some obstacles are faced, such as the need for Internet access and a mobile phone to enter the ecosystem or an entry-level device to start gaming.

Most mobile gaming players heavily rely on a smartphone to play, as its seen as the first barrier to enjoying and learning more about games. MOONTON Games has been contributing to the Indonesian gaming and digital industry since the launch of its top MOBA, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. The international organization has taken on new responsibilities to reduce the digital gap in rural areas, enable more people to leverage the convenience and growth digital economy, and open opportunities for young esports athletes.

MOONTON Games has therefore collaborated with Garudaku Akademy, under the MOONTON Games Program – to launch Fostering The Legends.

“There are hundreds of students from seven schools in East Java who will be beneficiaries under the MOONTON Cares and Garudaku Akademi joint program. We will facilitate the academy’s esports training program, which includes a variety of programs for students interested in entering the esports industry. Not just as an esports athlete, other opportunities are referees, casters, managers, even influencers or content creators,” stated Azwin Nugraha, Public Relations & Communications Manager of MOONTON Games Indonesia, during the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between MOONTON Games and Garudaku Academy in Malang, East Java.

(From left: Head of Academy Program Garudaku Academy Robertus Aditya Pratomo Putro, Public Relations & Communications Manager Moonton Indonesia)

In the MOU between MOONTON Games and Garudaku Academy, it was also revealed that MOONTON Games would enhance digital access by donating smartphones to schools.

“The hope is that students can also directly practice the use of smartphones and not just simply learn and theorize about it so that it can be directly implemented in the real world, especially education,” Azwin added.

Garudaku Academy is an esports academy that stands under the Indonesian Esports Executive Board to nurture esports talents through education. Garudaku Academy is a strategic program that will address various challenges related to developing an esports ecosystem of achievement, character, and integrity.

“Carrying the concept of coaching, learning, and training that includes technical and non-technical skills or soft skills, Garudaku Esports Academy involves academics and practitioners in the fields of esports, psychology, public speaking, personal branding, health and nutrition, physical fitness, and law as teachers and compilers of syllabus and learning and training materials. “said Robertus Aditya Pratomo Putro, Head of Garudaku Esports Academy Program.

Since 2018, MOONTON Games Games has produced hundreds of esports athletes who have competed under the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Indonesia and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Development. League Indonesia.

Hundreds of professional esports players in Indonesia are not only the backbone of their household contribution but carry the reputation and representation of the nation to an international mobile esports stage. For the record, Indonesia has brought home silver medals at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines and the 2020 SEA Games in Vietnam. The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team from Indonesia, EVOS Esports, also won the title of the best MLBB team in the world after winning the Mobile Legends World Championship (M1) held in Malaysia three years ago.

In January 2023, two of the best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang teams from Indonesia will compete to become the best MLBB squad in the M4 World Championship on January 1 – 15th. Two Indonesian teams, RRQ Hoshi and ONIC Esports, will bear the flag of Indonesia during then.

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About MOONTON

Established in 2014, MOONTON is a global video game company dedicated to gaming development, publication, and esports. With more than 900 employees worldwide, the company operates offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China. It has successfully launched a number of high-profile mobile games globally and has built long-term relationships with governments and esports organizations in more than 30 countries around the world. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is its current star game and the leading mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game worldwide.

About Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most popular mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game worldwide that brings communities together through teamwork and strategy. With over one billion installations and 100 million active monthly users, the award-winning game is among the top 10 most played in over 80 countries. With an extensive reach across the Asia Pacific region, the multiplayer is available in 139 countries with an expansive global esports presence.

About Mobile Legends Esports

Established in 2017, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Esports serves as a platform for players to pursue their dreams of becoming esports athletes and illuminate opportunities within the international esports ecosystem. MLBB Esports has since expanded to multiple leagues, including the MPL series hosted in Southeast Asia.

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