The Week 8 of MPL ID Season 5 has beaten all the records of the discipline. The amount of viewers is unbelievable. This mobile esports event has overtaken the most part of recent events and even the MLBB World Championship 2019 by the viewership statistics.
Let’s dive into the statistics. The tournament’s broadcast was held on YouTube Live, NimoTV and Facebook. As you can see, the overall peak of the tournament was on the match between RRQ and EVOS.LGN and drew up 662,235 spectators. In comparison, MLBB World Championship 2019 collected 648K viewers on its peak. Among the platforms YouTube was the most popular - 388,293 viewers on the peak.
As for the languages, the peak of Indonesian viewers was 643,715 spectators. There were also 45K of English-speaking viewers and 19K of other languages. As to MLBB World Championship 2019 there were 467K of Indonesian viewers, 93K Malay and 91K English.
We’ve connected with the organizers of MPL ID Season 5 and asked them a few questions about the tournament. Lucas Mao, MPL Indonesia League Commissioner and MLBB Esports director, told us about their organizational goals and their expectations about the viewership:
Of course one of the key goals of MPL ID is to increase our viewership, beating the past record is nice, but the main goal was to reach out to more viewers and make our content much more accessible.
One of our strategy is to work with key broadcast partners both online and traditional that share the same passion that translate into actions in bringing esports to a wider audience via strategic campaigns, promotions and activations. And we are truly thankful to these partners (Nimo TV, Elshinta TV, Emtek Group, MNC group, eGG Network) in helping us achieve what we did so far this season.
We did have a projection and KPI set on what level of growth we would like to see in Season 5, but the fans support that we've seen this season is much more encouraging than expected.
The most popular team on the tournament was RRQ, which collected 6,5M Hours Watched and 232K of average viewers. Their rivals, EVOS.Legends are on the second place and collected only on 0,36% less.
Lucas Mao also shared his opinion about the effect of COVID-19 on esports and especially on the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang discipline.
As the League puts the health and safety of our fans,operation team, teams and players as our utmost priority. One of the other thing would be the way the league operate season 5 vs season 6 where we put in new SOP with regards to health checks and personal hygiene education and later on being an early adopter of having our teams play without audiences.
As for the future plans Lucas Mao said:
For now, we are fully focus on the upcoming playoffs on 10 - 12 April to bring to the fans the best MLBB esports experience during this trying time with a goal of breaking yet another record.
Season 5 MPL ID playoffs will take place on April 10-12 and 6 teams will fight for $300,000. EVOS, champions of Season 4, will be fighting against Genflix Aerowolf on the Day 1. Also on the first day will be a match between Alter Ego and ONIC Esports. The first ones showed a good result throughout the tournament, which can't be said about ONIC, who suffer from the changes of their roster.
The playoffs are very promising, and we will be glad to provide you with the most accurate statistics of the tournament.
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