M2 World Championship is the most anticipated event for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang fans. The best teams from different regions compete at the tournament, and this attracts a lot of viewers. That's why the event has almost set a new discipline's record.
There's the main question: Who will be the champion among the Asian participants and whether the teams from Brazil and Russia can break through to the final stage? We'll tell you about key moments of the group stage and what to expect in the finals.
Group Stage was held from January 18 to 20, with 12 teams competing. The battles were held offline at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore with no spectators.
OMEGA from the Philippines dominated the whole Day 1 and advanced to the playoffs without a single defeat. Burmese Ghouls from Myanmar got another spot in the final stage. Their battle against Resurgence was the most popular match of the first day - 599Kpeak viewers.
All matches of the second day, except the last, ended with a 2-0 score. Only the battle between EVOS.SG and RRQ Hoshi was a complete BO3, and it gathered 1,1M viewers at the peak! The match was only behind 18% to set a new record by Peak Viewers in the discipline (The first place in the discipline belongs to MPL ID Season 6). Let's hope that ML:BB will update its record in the playoffs.
RRQ Hoshi, the champions of MPL ID S6, entered the playoffs' upper bracket, and they were joined by Bren Esports, the winners of MPL PH Season 6. By the way, the game between Bren Esports from the Phillippines and Alter Ego from Indonesia was a kind of a rematch of One Esports MPL Invitational finals, but this time Alter Ego let their guard down. One of the reasons was the replacement of team captain Ahmad "Maungzy" Abdurrahman who has COVID-19. His spot in the team was taken by William "Yam" Widjaja.
The third day was the final chance to get to the final stage. The opening match between Alter Ego and the Russians Unique Devu was the most popular one with 736K peak viewers. The Indonesians won, and Unique Devu finished at 11th place, failing to make it to the final stage for the second year in a row. The last spots in the final stage were taken by Malaysians TODAK, Singaporeans EVOS.SG and Japanese 10S Gaming Frost.
RRQ Hoshi became the most popular team of the Group Stage with 600Kaverage viewers. In comparison, NAVI who won IEM Katowice were watched by 388K average viewers, and the event was the most most popular CS:GO tournament in 2020!
The championship is streaming on six platforms. The official Indonesian broadcast gathered an immense amount of viewers — 420K at the peak. It is followed by a Burmese Facebook stream with 322K spectators.
Since the M2 World Championship is an international tournament, the organizers provided many broadcasts in different languages, and the most popular language was Indonesian which gathered 59% of the audience.
Burmese is the second most popular language, and its stream has set a new record — 327K viewers at the broadcast's peak.
The final stage will take place from January 22 to January 24. It's going to be really interesting, considering the participation of the regional champions and the overall teams' spirit based on the group stage results. Let's see how much the peak viewership will grow this time and whether a new discipline record will be set.
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