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Singapore based actor and singer JJ Lin’s esport organization, SMG has decided to buy into the MPL or MLBB Professional League by acquiring a roster. The team formerly known as Makan Cendol has been picked up by JJ Lin’s brand, Still Moving Under Fire or SMG.
The 38-year old entertainment star is a known gamer and fan of the MOBA genre and has been associated with the Dota 2 franchise in the past. His love for the MOBA genre has translated to him having a music pack in Dota 2 and starting an esport organization with former Dota 2 coach Kenchi Yap.
Currently in its fifth season, the MPL - Malaysia/Singapore is one of the three active MLBB Leagues with Indonesia and Philippines being the other two. It has grown into a prime property, because of the popularity of the title in the SEA region and the efforts made to establish an esports ecosystem.
The team will play in the $100,000 prize pool tournament, which kicks off on the 29th of February. The six week long league will see the top Malaysian and Singaporean teams face off in a 10 team round-robin league. At the end of the league stage, the top 8 teams will head into the Playoffs stage, which will take place on the 18th and 19th of April.
Lin said in the press release: “I‘ve grown to love the MOBA genre ever since DOTA was first released on the Warcraft 3 custom game platform. It has since fuelled my passion for e-sports. By teaming up with Kenchi Yap in establishing Team SMG Southeast Asia, we are another step closer to our global vision for e-sports.”
Mohammad “Ax” Aiqal Bin Amran
Mohammad “Artha” Al Hatta
Mohammad “Raisyaa” Zaim Bin Amir Izat
Aeliff “Smooth” Adam
Muhammad “Tacuz” Fairuz Bin Mohamad
Muhammad “Kuku” Siddiq Fadhil Bin Mohd Noor (Sub)
Ahmad “Bonezzyy” Syazwan Bin Anuar (Coach)
Muhamd “Padel” Fadil Bin Hishamuddin (Manager)