Good news, Southeast Asia esports fans! As we bid farewell to 2023 and usher in the new year of 2024, the esports scene in the region is buzzing with a new record. Not too long ago, major esports powerhouses have etched their names in history as the most-watched organizations, both on the local and international esports stages.
According to Esports Charts, three mobile esports juggernauts hailing from Indonesia and the Philippines – Onic Esports, Team RRQ, and Blacklist International – have secured positions in the top five as the most-watched esports organizations in 2023. All of them trailing just behind the legendary T1, whose monumental success at the League of Legends World Championship 2023 clinched the top spot.
Onic Esports and Blacklist International clinched second and third places on this prestigious list. The Yellow Porcupine, occupying the second spot, not only won the hearts of fans but also made MLBB esports an irresistibly thrilling spectacle to watch. Their journey reached its zenith last year with historic victories in MPL ID Season 11 and MSC 2023, culminating in an electrifying grand final appearance at M5 in Manila, Philippines.
Despite a dip in overall performance last season, Blacklist International showcased resilience, proving to be the top source of pride for the Filipino MLBB community. The absence of the iconic duo, Johnmar “OHMYV33NUS” Villaluna and Danerie “Wise” Rosario, didn’t deter fans, as many tuned in to witness their matches.
In a bit similar narrative, Team RRQ demonstrated the unwavering loyalty of their fanbase, despite losing some key members and a performance slump in 2023. Looking ahead to the new year, they’ve committed to a performance boost with major changes gearing up for the upcoming MPL ID Season 13.
Interestingly, the Filipino powerhouse AP Bren, who won MPL PH S12, IESF 2023, and M5 2023, surprisingly didn’t manage to achieve high viewership scores. The organisation was surpassed by the likes of Evos Legends, Geek Fam, and Echo, who slumped after sealing M4 victory in early 2023. However, if the Hive boys maintain their stride in upcoming season, a surge in viewership might be on the horizon for them this year.
Stay tuned for more esports thrills in SEA!