January 18th is the date of the beginning of the main tournament in the mobile esports discipline Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, held in Singapore. The twelve best teams from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Japan, Brazil, Russia and Myanmar will compete in the World Championship for the prize fund of $300 000.
What are the special features of the event?
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is a mobile esports discipline that initially became popular in Southeast Asia and is now starting to take other regions by storm. The tournaments for this game regularly become the most viewed ones on YouTube and Facebook. For example, in 2020, the MPL league ranked fourth in terms of peak viewers of all esports tournaments with 1.38 million viewers total, while also becoming the second in terms of hours watched among all the leagues, being outmatched only by LCK.
On the eve of the game’s World Championship, the ONE Esports MPL Invitational tournament was held. It became the most popular esports event in December by a large margin – reaching the mark of 723.8 million hours watched (which is 154.4 million hours more than the runner-up).
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang enjoys its greatest success precisely in Indonesia. The Indonesian race between Rex Regum Qeon and Alter Ego attracted 723.8 thousand peak viewers, becoming the event’s most popular match of MLBB World Championship 2019.
These very teams hold the overall peak viewers record for the discipline, set in October 2020 at MPL ID Season 6 – with 1.38 million peak viewers watching the match at the time. Will the final event of the season feature yet another record?
The game developers also published the official anthem of the event before the start of the championship. The anthem proved to be quite popular on YouTube, scoring 1.2 million views in merely two days after the premiere.
The draw for the group stage took place on 12th of December and attracted much interest from the audience. For two hours of airtime, the broadcast gathered 52.7 thousand peak viewers who got to learn the seeding of participants at the first stage of the tournament. It should be noted that the representatives of the discipline’s two largest regions (Indonesia and the Philippines) shall be meeting in the Group C – and so the viewer record for the group stage will be almost certainly reached during the clash of Bren Esports and Alter Ego.
Burmese Ghouls (Myanmar)
Unique Devu (Russia)
OMEGA Esports (Philippines)
Impunity KH (Cambodia)
Bren Esports (Philippines)
Alter Ego (Indonesia)
10S Gaming Frost (Japan)
RRQ Hoshi (Indonesia)
EVOS SG (Singapore)
The group stage matches will be held on January 18-20th, with eight participants of the final stage being determined based on their results. Elimination matches are scheduled for January 22-24th. The best-of-7 grand final will take place on the 24th at 10 AM (GMT).
M2 World Championship will be streamed on the official game channels:
You can find all the up-to-date statistics on the tournament’s viewability and audience on the event’s page on Esports Charts. Follow the championship along with us!