Carry1st, one of the largest Paid Competitive Gaming (PGC) platforms in the world, will give new players access to the Mobile Premier League (MPL) as the league’s official licensor and publisher in Africa.
MPL has a strong presence in Asia, North America, and Europe and has achieved success in a number of regions. PGC, a novel game format, enables users to take part in skill-based gaming competitions.
Commenting on the launch, Sai Srinivas, Co-Founder and CEO, MPL, said, “We are incredibly excited to bring MPL to various African markets through our partnership with Carry1st. As our first market, Nigeria’s thriving gaming community and its position as the largest economy in Africa make it the perfect market for us to expand into. We are confident that gamers in this market will embrace MPL and its growing collection of games, and we look forward to providing them with an unforgettable gaming experience.”
“We’ve been impressed with MPL for years and are thrilled to expand the company’s reach to Africa. With over 60 games to play and a sophisticated liveops platform, we believe MPL provides one of the best products we’ve evaluated for our market. We’re excited to activate our growing community around this new endeavor,” shared Lucy Hoffman, Carry1st Co-Founder and COO.
MPL and Carry1st are working together to refine the product for African markets, starting with Nigeria. The monetization-as-a-service platform Pay1st from Carry1st has been integrated by MPL. For in-game purchases across Carry1st’s markets in Africa, MPL offers over 120 local payment options via Pay1st.
Carry1st has made significant progress in its collaboration with major global games and is expanding its reach. Following its successful partnership with Call of Duty®: Mobile in South Africa in 2022, the company has now launched MPL (Mobile Premier League). Furthermore, Carry1st recently secured $27 million in funding, led by BITKRAFT Ventures, with participation from prominent investors such as Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), TTV Capital, Alumni Ventures, Lateral Capital, Kepple Ventures, and Konvoy.
In another significant development, Carry1st partnered with Riot Games in 2022 to pilot local payment solutions for Riot Games’ titles in Africa. Riot Games is renowned as the developer and publisher of League of Legends, which is widely recognized as the most-played PC game globally. As an early investor in Carry1st, Riot Games has consistently shown its support for the company and its endeavors.