M4 World Championship on course to break all-time esports viewership record

Titas Khan
cover art for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M4 World Championship.

The M4 World Championship is the first time that the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament is hosting a live crowd, and needless to say, it is well on its way to becoming the most popular event in esports history.

The fourth iteration of the global Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament, the M4 World Championship, marks the return of teams from Vietnam and Myanmar after their absence at the M3 World Championship. Additionally, with the tournament featuring a live audience, many in the community had expected records to be broken.

We’re only halfway through the playoffs, with four days still left to play, and the tournament is already ranked third for highest peak viewership across esports. There is a strong chance that the tournament could go on to become the most popular esports event of all time.

M4 World Championship becomes the third most-watched esports event

Featuring 16 teams from across the globe, the M4 World Championship is the ultimate annual esports event for the title. The knockout stages of the tournament are being held at the Tennis Indoor Stadium Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the grand final scheduled for January 15.

On January 11, during the upper-bracket semi-final between defending champions Blacklist International and RRQ Hoshi, over 4.2 million viewers were watching the match at one point, according to statistics website Esports Charts. Mobile Legends’ previous viewership record, set during the M3 World Championship, was just shy of 3.2 million viewers.

screenshot featuring the peak viewer numbers during the M4 World Championship.

With this stunning viewership figure, the M4 World Championship leapfrogged the 2021 LoL World Championship for third place on the list of events with the highest peak viewership.

Below you can find the top five most-viewed esports events in history:

Event NamePeak Viewership count (in millions)
Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore5.41
LoL 2022 World Championship5.15
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M4 World Championship4.27
LoL 2021 World Championship4.02
LoL 2019 World Championship3.99

About The Author

Titas is a Dexerto gaming and guides writer. An avid follower of esports titles such as Valorant and Dota 2 and also has a special interest in Roblox, and mobile games such as Clash Royale and Wild Rift. He has previously worked at Sportskeeda Esports and Gfinity Esports before joining the team at Dexerto as a Games Writer.