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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 nine teams, the regular season spans for 108 days for 216 hanchan. This grants 96 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 (20 hanchan per team). Into the final, the top four play another round of 16 hanchan on a 8 day schedule.
Rules and regulations
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.
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 (passing is disallowed starting from 2022 season). Currently, each team has rosters of four players.
A number of guest commentators appear for casting. The most regular guest commentator is Koushou Tsuchida. Other commentators may either be current league players, former members, or other mahjong professionals.
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.
Saikouisen = Saikouisen Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai
Kyokai = Nihon Pro Mahjong Kyokai
RMU = Real Mahjong Unit
|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||2020-02-27||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)|
- M.League rules (in Japanese)
- M League channel
- M.League in Japanese Wikipedia
- Blog covering game highlights