Exclusive: Why Talon Esports Bets Big on Indonesia’s PUBGM Scene

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Talon Esports has solidified its position as a powerhouse in the esports arena, captivating fans across Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia, through its extensive participation in competitive gaming over the last couple of years. With numerous appearances in major tournaments, the organization has consistently delivered thrilling performances, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.

Building upon its successful ventures in Dota 2 and Valorant, the Hong Kong-based esports giant is now venturing into the realm of mobile gaming with its entry into the fiercely competitive PUBG Mobile scene. This strategic move comes at a time when the PUBG Mobile landscape is undergoing significant transformations in its competition format.

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Making its debut in the upcoming PUBGM Super League Southeast Asia, Talon Esports steps onto the stage as the new face of Indonesian representation. Taking over the slot previously held by Persija Evos, Talon has assembled a roster comprising some of Indonesia’s top talents.

Speculations surrounding talent transfers from Persija Evos to Talon have been confirmed, with almost all the anticipated players making the transition, save for the twin duo Made “Zuxxy” Pramudita and Made “Luxxy” Prabaswara, who have returned to Bigetron.

However, when Talon made the call to set up camp in Indonesia, it definitely turned heads and sparked some serious debate. Fans were left wondering why they chose Indonesia over powerhouse nations like Vietnam or Thailand, where PUBGM reigns supreme on the international stage.

Popularity matters

In an exclusive interview with Ulti Asia, Talon’s performance manager Henry Louis revealed that Indonesia’s PUBG Mobile market presents ample opportunities for growth, with a fervent fan following that rivals even larger Southeast Asian nations.

“Indonesia is a relatively new market, so there is still a lot to explore,” he said. “In terms of popularity, the talents here are really big. I mean, you won’t see PUBGM players who have a massive fanbase like Microboy, Ryzen, Zuxxy and Luxxy elsewhere. And because of that potential, Talon decided to start a new division in Indonesia.”

Addressing rumors within the PUBG Mobile community regarding Talon’s motives, Louis clarified that the organization’s decision to enter the PUBG Mobile arena was in the works long before the implementation of the franchise system in PMSL, emphasizing their commitment to Indonesia’s esports landscape.

“Our plans were in motion well before October last year. Even if PMSL hadn’t adopted the new format, we would have pursued our expansion into Indonesia as originally planned,” he affirmed.

Looking ahead, Henry ensures that Talon will organize exciting programs specifically aimed at developing their fanbase in Indonesia. They also plan to regularly look for promising new talents to ensure a stable team regeneration and ensure a lineup that can compete for the championship title at the international level.

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