MPL Philippines sees increase in peak, decrease in average viewers for 11th season

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The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League Philippines (MPL Philippines), one of the most popular regional esports leagues in the world, has concluded its 11th season.

The league saw an increase in peak viewers compared to last season, but also a drop in the average audience, the total amount of hours watched and overall air time.

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According to Esports Charts, MPL Philippines drew 996,000 peak viewers and 18.2m total hours watched, as well as just over 108,000 viewers on average.

MPL Philippines is a professional franchised regional league in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), a mobile MOBA developed by Moonton and highly popular in Southeast Asia. The league was a part of the original trio of MPL leagues, along with Indonesia and Malaysia/Singapore.

Compared with Season 10 of the same league that took place in 2022, the 11th season saw an increase in total peak viewers, with the number climbing from around 830,000 in 2022 to 930,000 in 2023. However, all other metrics were lower in 2023, though there was around 10 hours less air time for this season.

Season 10 had 146,000 average viewers, and the most recent edition recorded a little over 108,000. Total hours watched were 26m in 2022, and around 18.2m in 2023. The most popular match was the final between Blacklist International and ECHO, which ECHO won.

The event still performed well. It is currently the third most-watched MLBB event of the year, after the M4 World Championship and MPL Indonesia Season 11. This season saw a large number of Indonesian streamers co-stream the event’s playoffs, which boosted numbers.

The MPL Malaysia Season 11, which also concluded recently, recorded the league’s viewership record, and the M4 World Championship that took place earlier in the year is one of the most-watched esports events ever and the most-watched event of 2023, per Esports Charts.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang recently received domestic approval to operate in China — a massive mobile esports market, and the largest overall esports market in the world.

Ivan Šimić
Ivan comes from Croatia, loves weird simulator games, and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about tech and esports in Croatia, and is now doing it here.