The peak watching was 87k, which is way lower than what PUBG Mobile esports registered when India was a part of the tournament.
Has ban on PUBG Mobile in India affected PUBG Mobile Esports? Stats suggest it has: Before PUBG was banned in India, the competitive year for PUBG Mobile was in progress. PMCO 2020 was underway, and Indian esports audiences were glued to their devices to watch the live action. As that happened, it was the concurrent watching that set records all over the globe. Not just this, but when Indian teams were playing at PUBG Mobile competitive level, the numbers set by those tournaments were way beyond what PMCO 2021 Spring Split had registered.
The game was banned in September and a report that was followed by analytics company Sensor Tower, said that the game was downloaded around 770 million times in India alone. The shockingly low concurrent watching does make sense. As per reports by Esports Charts, the peak watching was 87k, which is way lower than what PUBG Mobile esports registered when India was a part of the tournament. The report stated “the region reached 987K hours watched and 87K peak viewers, and this was the best result of the series. India’s absence had a big impact on the overall viewership statistics for PMCO 2021.”
Reports from Esports Chart further also shared stats for the Turkish area, and “The leader of PMCO 2021 in terms of HW was Nepal with 209K. PMCO 2021 Spring Indonesia leads in peak viewers with 38K people. Malaysia/Singapore, which took 32K, is in second place, Nepal with 17K viewers is in third place.” You can read the detailed report on Esports Chart.
Since top esports teams from India are not a part of PUBG Mobile Esports, Indian viewers have started looking at esport titles to play. While PUBG Corp. is trying everything in their power to keep the esports up and running, they did not realise what difference Indian audiences could make, till the time the ban actually took place.
To engage more audience, PUBG Corp. introduced new regions such as Malaysia/Singapore, Nepal, Africa, Bangladesh, France, Indonesia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.