Mobile Legends: Bang Bang beats DOTA 2's The International with new M2 viewership record

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang beats DOTA 2's The International with new M2 viewership record
Publish Date: 05 Feb 2021
Author: Steven Cropley

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has set a new viewership record with M2 World Championship 2020. The mobile game has taken the world by storm, competing with the top PC esports titles in the world, taking the second spot in the list for peak viewership.

Across the 62 hour broadcast, the M2 World Championship averaged 689,737 viewers with a total of 42,706,210 hours watched.

According to esports data site Esports Charts, MLBB pulled in 3,083,245 peak viewers, beating out DOTA 2’s The International 2019 by 1,114,748 viewers at peak.

It’s worth noting that The International 2019 ran for 120 hours vs. M2 World Championships 62 hours. However, the 2020 World Championship of League of Leagues ran from 126 hours and pulled in a massive 3,882,252 to take first place.

As is expected given the games popularity in South East Asia, over half (50.1) of the viewers hail of Indonesia or at least speak the language. With the Burmese Ghouls making it into the finals against BREN Esports from the Philippines, it’s no surprise to see 18.7% and 17.5% respectively.

Given the large portion of Indonesian viewers, Rex Regrum Qeon Hoshi (RRQ Hoshi) brought in the largest amount of hours watched at 15,416,315 with an average viewership of 1,101,165. They were followed by Burmese Ghouls and BREN Esports who made the run to the finals.

Regardless of whether you’re a mobile player yourself, you have to give respect to the audience MLBB has managed to build for its esport and the continued growth it seems to be gaining as more players jump into the fray and compete for the increasing prize pools.