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Mr. Susumu Fujita, Chairman |
(Founder/President of CyberAgent)
M.League 「Mリーグ」 is a professional mahjong team league. This is the first league where mahjong players receive a salary for playing games. Players are fielded from the various mahjong professional leagues. An M.League season consists of a number of regular season games followed by a playoff final. Each team is corporate sponsored, and thus they represent their respective companies. All league activity is hosted at the M.League Studio.
The main format of the competition features a regular season and a post season. The basic format of the season varies in the number of hanchan played.
With eight teams, the regular season spans for 94 days for 188 hanchan. This grants 94 hanchan per team. After the final regular season day, the top six teams continue into the semifinal round, where they play 30 hanchan on a 15 day schedule. Into the final, the top four play another round of 16 hanchan on a 8 day schedule.
Rules and regulations
Game rules are indicated in the Official M-League Rules 「Mリーグの公式戦ルール」. All gameplay is in the form of hanchan using AMOS brand professional mahjong tables.
Every game day session includes two hanchan. Teams scheduled to play send one team member for each of the two hanchan. If desired, one player may play both hanchan.
League rules comply with general riichi mahjong rules with special competitive settings. Starting score is 25,000 points; target score is 30,000 points; the uma is 「+30 / +10 / -10 / -30」.
Prior to each season, one day is set for team drafts. Teams select from a field of players among the different professional organizations. The inaugural draft was held on August 7, 2018. Naturally, every team made their player selections to fill their rosters in the inaugural draft. For subsequent drafts in later years, teams may opt to draft new players or otherwise pass on the opportunity. Currently, each team has rosters of four players.
The league has a dedicated studio for games and broadcasts. The studio is located in Hamamatsuchou, Minato, Tokyo. A jansou named M.League Stadium is open to the public in Takadanobaba.
|Logo||Team name||Company sponsor||Players||Inception|
|Akasaka Drivens||Hakuhodo DY media partners||Ken Sonoda (Saikouisen)
Jun Murakami (Saikouisen)
Taro Suzuki (Saikouisen)
Kanako Maruyama (Saikouisen)
|EX Furinkazan||TV Asahi||Aki Nikaido (JPML)
Kenji Katsumata (JPML)
Takaya Matsugase (RMU)
Rumi Nikaido (JPML)
|Kadokawa Sakura Knights||KADOKAWA||Kotaro Uchikawa (JPML)
Sayaka Okada (JPML)
Shingo Hori (Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai)
Nanba Shibukawa (Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai)
|Konami Mahjong Fight Club||KONAMI||Hisato Sasaki (JPML)
Mari Takamiya (JPML)
Arisa Date (JPML)
Kazunori Takizawa (JPML)
|SegaSammy Phoenix||SegaSammy||Yuumi Uotani (JPML)
Seiichi Kondo (Saikouisen)
Sayaka Kayamori (Saikouisen)
Rio Toujou (JPML)
|Shibuya Abemas||CyberAgent||Takaharu Ooi (RMU)
Sho Shiratori (JPML)
Yoshihiro Matsumoto (Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai)
Aiko Hinata (Saikouisen)
|Team Raiden||Dentsu||Masato Hagiwara (JPML)
Naoki Setokuma (JPML)
Saki Kurosawa (JPML)
Tomohiro Honda (JPML)
|U-Next Pirates||U-Next||Go Kobayashi (Mahjong Union)
Akina Mizuhara (Saikouisen)
Yu Suzuki (Saikouisen)
Kei Nakabayashi (Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai)
|Season||Start Date||End Date||Winner||Runner-up||Top regular season player|
|2018||2018-10-01||2019-03-31||Akasaka Drivens||EX Furinkazan||Takaharu Ooi|
|2019||2019-09-30||2020-06-23||U-NEXT Pirates||SegaSammy Phoenix||Yuumi Uotani|
|2020||2020-10-05||2021-05-18||EX Furinkazan||KADOKAWA Sakura Knights||Hisato Sasaki|
|2021||2021-10-04||2022-04-26||KADOKAWA Sakura Knights||SegaSammy Phoenix||Akina Mizuhara|
|2022||2022-10-03||2023-05-19||Shibuya Abemas||Konami Fight Club||Arisa Date|
Top 10 hanchan scores
|1||Saki Kurosawa||Team Raiden||132.7||2022-11-07||2022 (Reg 26)|
|2||Arisa Date||Konami Fight Club||125.5||2021-11-18||2021 (Reg 54)|
|3||Koushin Asakura||U-Next Pirates||122.4||2021-12-02||2021 (Reg 70)|
|4||Hisato Sasaki||Konami Fight Club||118.2||2021-04-22||2020 (SF 14)|
|5||Yuumi Uotani||Sega Sammy Phoenix||114.4||2020-02-2||2019 (Reg 167)|
|6||Hisato Sasaki||Konami Fight Club||114.0||2021-02-18||2020 (Reg 154)|
|7||Yoshihiro Matsumoto||Shibuya Abemas||113.7||2021-04-29||2020 (SF 22)|
|8||Shingo Hori||Kadokawa Sakura Knights||112.9||2021-01-02||2020 (Reg 97)|
|9||Makoto Sawazaki||Kadokawa Sakura Knights||112.1||2019-11-19||2019 (Reg 64)|
|10||Sayaka Kayamori||Sega Sammy Phoenix||110.0||2022-10-18||2022 (Reg 20)|
So far, all the yakuman scored fall under yakuman gosanke: suuankou, daisangen, and kokushi musou. The most scored in a season was in the 2019 season with eight.
- ↑ M.League rules (in Japanese)
- Mahjong channel on Abema.tv
- プロ麻雀リーグ「Mリーグ」発足 (YouTube)
- M League channel
- M.League in Japanese Wikipedia
- Blog covering game highlights