Arena of Valor (AOV), the beloved mobile esports title, continues to soar in popularity across Southeast Asia (SEA) as its Arena of Valor Premier League 2023 event reaches astonishing heights, attracting over 900,000 peak viewers.
The Surge in AOV Viewership
Esports Charts reports that this SEA-exclusive major event witnessed an average viewership of 172,649 during its captivating 150-hour broadcast. The highlight of the tournament was the thrilling grand final clash, where Saigon Phantom emerged triumphant in an intense battle against Bacon Time.
Notably, the viewership surge for the AOV Premier League was predominantly driven by Vietnamese-speaking streaming platforms, boasting a remarkable peak viewership of 631,600 across Vietnamese-language streams. YouTube proved to be the most popular platform for fans, amassing 699,000 peak viewers. TikTok also contributed significantly, peaking at 160,000 viewers during the event.
Garana, the Singaporean game developer, organized the Arena of Valor Premier League, which serves as a pivotal esports spectacle occurring midway through the 2023 season. Impressively, Thai-based esports organization Bacon Time emerged as the most-watched participant in the competition, accumulating a staggering 9.1 million hours of watch time. Notably, three of the top five most-viewed matchups featured Bacon Time.
This edition of the AOV Premier League stands as the most popular event to date, surpassing its previous records with peak viewing figures of 670,000 (in 2020) and 596,000 (in 2022), respectively.
The Rise of Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor, recognized as Honor of Kings to its Chinese audience, holds an esteemed position within SEA and China’s esports landscape. In China, the game boasts its franchised esports league, the King Pro League, attracting prominent names such as Premier League football club Wolves and Chinese LPL franchise RNG.
Originally developed by TiMi Studio and published in 2016, Arena of Valor witnessed significant esports changes in 2022. As a result, the Arena of Valor Premier League became exclusively dedicated to SEA teams. Simultaneously, the Arena of Valor World Cup, the game’s major global tournament, was later rebranded to the Honor of Kings International Championship, aligning with the Honor of Kings branding.
Looking ahead, the Honor of Kings International Championship will feature both Arena of Valor and Honor of Kings teams competing for the impressive $10 million prize pool, promising an electrifying showdown later this year.
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