Philippines and Indonesia take home gold at 32nd SEA Games MLBB tournament

The tournament set a new record for female esports viewership.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) esports fans were treated to an exciting showcase of talent at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) held in NABA Theater, Nagaworld 2, Phnom Penh, from May 10 – 14, 2023. The tournament featured male and female categories, with the Philippines and Indonesia taking home gold medals.

In the male category, the Philippine team dominated the competition, besting out eight other countries to secure their third gold medal at the biennial event. The team, led by coaches Francis “Ducky” Glindro and Vrendon Lin, swept Malaysia 3:0 in a best-of-five series.

Team captain Angelo Kyle D. Arcangel also made history as the first-ever two-time Southeast Asian gold medalist in MLBB. Myanmar and Cambodia landed in the third and fourth spots, respectively.

32nd SEA Games MLBB Female Silver Medal Philippines
32nd SEA Games MLBB Female Category – Silver Medal Philippines

Meanwhile, in the female category, Indonesia claimed the gold medal, defeating the Philippines 3:2 in a thrilling best-of-five match series. The team, composed of Vivi Indrawaty, Viorelle Valencia Chen, Cindy Laurent Siswanto, Isnaini Nurfajrih Machdita, Venny Lim, and Michelle Denise Siswanto and headed by coach Tasia Eda Lestari, set a new record for female esports viewership with a peak concurrent viewership of 1,367,274. The Philippine team received a silver medal, while Malaysia and Vietnam settled for bronze.

This is the first time that the SEA Games featured a standalone MLBB tournament for women, with a total of six teams competing, including Laos and the host country Cambodia. Fans of MLBB esports can expect more exciting battles in June at the upcoming MSC 2023, which will also be hosted in Cambodia for the first time. The international event will feature teams from North America, Turkey, and the Middle East.

The 32nd SEA Games MLBB tournament showcased the top esports talent in Southeast Asia, with the Philippines and Indonesia emerging as champions in the male and female categories.

Male Category

GOLDPhilippinesAngelo Kyle D. Arcangel
Michael Angelo E. Sayson
Marco Stephen B. Requitiano
David Charles L. Canon
Rowgien Stimpson N. Unigo
Nowee C. Macasa
SILVERMalaysiaMuhammad Syafizan Najmi
Muhammad Arif Abdul Halim
Muhammad  Danial Mohamad Fuad
Muhammad Nazhan Mohd Nor
Mohammad Irwandy Lim
Mohamad Zul Hisham Mohd Noor
Idreen Abdul Jamal
BRONZE (3rd Place)MyanmarYe Naung Oo
Zaya Win Paing
Min Ko Kol Pyae Sone Khant
Pay Hein Kol Swan Htet Aung
Kyaw Zin Bo
BRONZE (4th Place)CambodiaCheang Piseth
Nhem Chandavanl Khoun Amey
Ty Oudoml Sok Roth
Pich Sopheak
Kosal Pseth

Female Category

GOLDIndonesiaVivi Indrawaty
Viorelle Valencia Chen
Cindy Laurent Siswanto
Isnaini Nurfajrih Machdita
Venny Lim
Michelle Denise Siswanto
SILVERPhilippinesGwyneth Diagon
Alexandria Dhzoie D. Dardo
Mery Christine Vivero
Rica Fatima Amores
Kaye Maerylle Alpuerto
Sheen Perez
BRONZE (3rd Place)MalaysiaNurul Effa Fauzana Mohd Fauzi
Vanessa Natasha Abdullah
Wan Nur Adibah Humairah
Anatasha Normanl Sharifah Alia Husna
Nur Afrina Syuhada Ahmad Shaltut
Hanis Wahidah Mohamad Dashuki
BRONZE (4th Place)VietnamMie – Lương Khánh Hoàl
Tiumah – Lê Ngọc Tâm Nhil
Miku – Phạm Thu Hằng
Ngọc Bé – Phan Thị Bích Ngọc
Daisy – Nông Thị Ngọc Ánh

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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