At first glance, it may seem that mobile gaming is less popular than regular esports, but in Asia, the situation is completely different: here mobile esports is both more accessible and more widespread among gamers. Because of this, the tournaments in mobile disciplines are watched by millions of viewers, with Asian teams having fanbases of corresponding size as well.
Our ranking is based on teams’ hours watched for 2020.
Holding the top spot of our ranking is Vietnamese Team Flash with 22.9M hours watched in 2020. The reason is simple: Flash enjoy incredible popularity in their home region thanks to the media coverage: active promotion in social networks and coverage of club’s life on YouTube bring real results. The game itself (known in the region as Liên Quân) remains one of the most popular mobile games in Vietnam.
As for the esports achievements, the team did lose some ground – taking 6-8th spot at the Arena of Valor Premier League 2020 and 3rd spot at the Arena of Valor International Championship 2020. Meanwhile, in 2019, the same team received gold.
It is worth noting that the matches of Team Flash versus MAD Team at the Premier League and International Championship 2020 made it to the top 5 most played matches of the discipline in 2020.
In addition to the main Vietnamese roster, the team has a Filipino roster for the Arena of Valor. Also, the club was one of the first in Southeast Asia to form a roster for the new mobile MOBA from Riot Games — LoL: Wild Rift.
The Vietnamese team Saigon Phantom took the second spot. These are the finalists of the International Championship 2020, and theirs are 17.8M hours watched. Also, their final match at the International Championship 2020 (where they faced the MAD Team) was watched by 568K peak viewers.
Closing the top-3 are Thais from Buriram United Esports with 16.3M hours watched. The result could have been better, but the team did not advance beyond the semifinals of the International Championship 2020.
The MAD Team from Taiwan became the winner of the Arena of Valor International Championship 2020. However, the team merely took the fourth spot in the ranking due to scoring only 13.7M hours watched.
When it comes to our top, the Flash Wolves team from Taiwan is worth noting. It took the ninth spot in the rankings, however their encounter with Buriram United Esports at the Arena of Valor Premier League was the most popular match of 2020. At that time the team became the winner, but then embarrassed itself at the main competition, not even making it to the playoffs and taking the 8-10th spot(s), therefore losing the opportunity to rise higher in the ranking.
Hong Kong Attitude was the only team to represent Hong Kong in the rankings – closing our ranking with 7.1M hours watched. However, this indicator could’ve been higher if the Hong Kongers hadn’t been eliminated at the start of the International Championship 2020 playoffs.
By drawing a parallel with the popular Mobile Legends: Bang Bang teams we can see that the teams feature pretty much the same hours watched dynamics – while the differences arise at the level of breakdowns by regions.
While the majority of the most popular ML:BB teams hail from Indonesia, this same region isn’t all that much involved in the Arena of Valor discipline – as in, there are plenty of teams, but none of these manage to reach the first spots in important competitions. However, Vietnam shows a rather good performance in this discipline, given the media presence of this region’s teams. Judging by the competition results, Taiwan is also not far behind.
Regions have their own leagues, for example Arena of Glory (Vietnam) and RoV Pro League (Thailand), which function similarly to MPL in ML:BB. Moreover, Arena of Valor has secured the title of the most popular mobile MOBA in Thailand and other aforementioned countries.
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