To Southeast Asia, mobile esports is like Dota 2 to the CIS – attracting endless affection and an incredible number of viewers. This time we will talk about Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2021 – a championship for Southeast Asia, which brought together the region’s best teams.
The abundance of popular rosters, together with the strong rivalry between regions, led to a number of broadcast viewers that was record-breaking for the series. Additionally, the MSC was not held last year due to the pandemic, causing the expectations to grow even higher in 2021. However, Myanmar was unable to participate in the MSC due to the political situation within the country.
MSC 2021 took place from 7th to 13th June and was broadcasted on five platforms: NimoTV, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, and VK Live. In addition to the overall interest in popular teams, viewers stayed on broadcasts due to the distribution of game codes with chests.
The statistics of the Southeast Asia Cup 2021 are impressive, with the semifinals match between EVOS ID and Execration attracting 2.2M Peak Viewers, something that made the 2021 MSC the best in the series. Additionally, the event became the second most popular in the entire Mobile Legends discipline (being bypassed only by the M2 World Championship, which was the most important event for the game’s esports scene, taking place in January 2021 and attracting 3M peak viewers).
Two Filipino teams reached the final – Execration and Blacklist International. It was a kind of revenge for MPL PH Season 7, but now the victory belonged to Execration. The final attracted 1.7M Peak Viewers and entered the top 3 matches of the tournament.
Despite the Filipino teams reaching the final, the title of the most popular team went to the Indonesian team EVOS Esports. Many fans would bet on this particular team, as it was the one to take the first spot at MPL ID Season 7 – which is why their match in the losers final gathered so many viewers. Talking about Indonesian teams, Bigetron Esports also made it to the top, along with the Malaysian team RSG. The match between the last two teams even entered the top 5 matches, gathering 1.2M viewers.
In total, the audience of MSC 2021 can be divided into 18 distinct languages. The largest number of broadcast viewers hailed from Indonesia: 1.4M total, being responsible for half of the hours watched. Tagalog (one of the languages of the Philippines) became the second top language of the tournament – 35.4% of the hours watched. Malaysian took the third spot with 6.2% of the hours watched.
In terms of platforms, YouTube took the first spot, with 1.1M Peak Viewers. Facebook and NimoTV are going pretty much head-to-head, followed by TikTok and VK Live.
The return of MSC was rather fortunate for Mobile Legends. The game’s audience shows constant growth, and there might be a real chance for the next season of the Philippine League to overtake Indonesia. We publish all esports statistics on our social networks, so subscribe to our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and VK.