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Domplang Filipino Athletes Career, Esports Connoisseur Market in Indonesia is Too Sexy to Gain Popularity

The simultaneous arrival of five Filipino players to Indonesia for MPL season 10 is certainly an interesting phenomenon. Previously, we discussed how coaches and teams see Filipino athletes, this time KINCIR will discuss from the perspective of Filipino athletes themselves.

The big question is why are they willing to move from the Philippines? According to Baloyskie, the strongest factor that convinced him to move to Indonesia was the high interest of the Indonesian people in terms of Mobile Legends.

He even admitted that he had wanted to compete in Indonesia for a long time. For him playing in Indonesia, gave him the opportunity to compete in front of his fan base Mobile Legends largest in Southeast Asia, even in the world.

“I have wanted to play in Indonesia for a long time, because Indonesia has the largest Mobile Legends fan base. I also want to experience what it’s like to be an artist. There are a lot of Mobile Legends fans here, and I can feel like an artist here,” said Baloyskie to KINCIR and his media colleagues with a laugh.

Baloyskie, one of the Filipino athletes who is currently playing in Indonesia.

Baloyskie, one of the Filipino athletes who is currently playing in Indonesia. Via
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Says Baloyskie who wants to be an “artist” through Mobile Legends, of course, is not a new thing. There have been many former pro players of this game who were much more successful when they retired, than when they were still actively playing.

JessNoLimit and Jonathan Liandi are real examples, ex-pro player Mobile Legends as “artist” aka influencer. Both are former EVOS Legends players, who are now successful content creators through their respective YouTube channels.

Baloyskie’s motivation to come to Indonesia and the success of JessNoLimit and Jonathan Liandi, are signs that Indonesia does have a large market share in terms of Mobile Legends. At least bigger than the Philippines, where Baloyskie and his friends are from.

One of the things that we can see with the naked eye is the extraordinary number of spectators of the MPL Indonesia tournament. Moreover, when compared to the Philippines, Indonesia is metrically far superior.

Based on data that KINCIR processed from escharts.com, Indonesia has a much larger number of MPL viewers than the Philippines. For example, in terms of peak viewers, the Indonesian MPL match was able to attract the eyes of more than 1.7 million viewers. Meanwhile, the best number that MPL Philippines can achieve is only around 500 thousand viewers.

We can also see the same thing from the average audience watching the tournament online. Every week, the MPL Indonesia tournament has an average of 394,000 spectators simultaneously. This number is more than double what MPL Philippines achieves every week, which averages only 147,000 viewers at the same time.

Baloyskie's action (center) while defending Geek Fam in MPL Season 10.

Baloyskie’s action (center) while defending Geek Fam in MPL Season 10. Via
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With such a large audience base, it’s no wonder Moonton made Indonesia their “golden child”. They have held various international tournaments in Jakarta.

The closest example is the M4 World Championship tournament, which will take place in January 2023. The tournament is the tournament with the highest scale Moonton has ever held.

This is not the first time Moonton has held an international tournament in Indonesia. Previously, they had held MSC 2017 and MSC 2018, which were tournaments that brought together the best esports teams in Southeast Asia.

However, with the high enthusiasm of the Indonesian people with Mobile Legends, is this comparable to the achievements of the Indonesian team? Not really! The last time a team from Indonesia lifted a trophy or medal on an international scale was in 2019; precisely when EVOS Legends won the M1 World Championship.

Three years of fasting for international titles, the steps of a team from Indonesia are always blocked by thick walls. They are always stumbled by an esports team from the Philippines, a country that Baloyskie and his friends are willing to leave.

This is just about one game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. We haven’t talked about other mobile games, or other console or PC games. Are our athletes ready? Or has it been replaced by the Filipino players?

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