The eSports World Championship from Iași, which I wrote about here, is in full swing.
Romania gets its first medal at the World Esports Championship in Iasi, a bronze one, after three days of intense matches on Erangel, Miramar and Sanhok, the battle arenas of PUBG Mobile professionals.
Even though the tricolors have struggled to get into the rhythm that has made them considered some of the favorites of the tournament, only being in 5th position in the overall ranking after the first day, yesterday and today they played at an extraordinary level.
The players of the Nexus Gaming organization, “DORIN”, “OCTAVIAN”, “Exo” and “Kapahala” entered the last game, the one with the number 18, from the 3rd place in the ranking and although it seemed that we could even surpass Turkey and we take the silver, behind ours were a short distance Morocco and Argentina, ready at any time to steal the last place on the podium.
The final ended well, however, and the teams that entered the last match in the top 3 kept their positions: Kyrgyzstan 1st place, Turkey 2nd place, Romania 3rd place.
Recapitulating the performances of the previous days, in 3 of the 7 disciplines we are qualified for the elimination stages that start on Friday, CS:GO, eFootball and Tekken 7, and in three of the Esports our representatives were eliminated from the group stage, Dota 2, CS:GO Female and Mobile Legends Bang Bang.
– For 10 days, the city of Iasi became the host of a unique event in Romania. Three stages, located in historical locations of Iasi, host artists, speakers and over 700 professional CS:GO, DOTA 2, PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends, Tekken 7 and eFootball players from 111 countries. Also, the first Comic Con in Iași took place during the event, where the public had the opportunity to interact with international artists and actors.
Thus, the online environment was stormed by players interested in the Championship matches held in Iași. A simple search for IESF (International Esports Federation) on YouTube, using the last 7 days filter and sorting by views, we identify over a hundred live or recorded clips totaling approximately 5 million views in just 5 days. The numbers are sure to increase in the long term, but also in the short term, with the championship barely halfway through, with important quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals coming up for each game. Interest growing with performance.
The Esports World Championship, held in Iasi, is already the most watched in history
The throne 2023 digital video teaser also recorded 1.3 million views on YouTube.
Also, according to LiquidPedia, on Twitch, Championship matches were broadcast in over 15 languages, totaling over 1 million views, most of which were live as Twitch is a streaming platform. The longest Twitch stream lasted 14 hours and streamed the CS:GO playoffs live.
And the social media platform Facebook is trying to enter the gaming area, with Championship matches totaling over 1 million views there.
Among the most popular games in the Championship watched are CS:GO, Dota 2, but also Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, an online multiplayer game, launched in 2016; being the most prominent title in Southeast Asia. The game surpassed over 1 billion downloads in 2020, and 5 million people play it daily.
The surprise of the event is the message that 5 million Mobile Legends: Bang Bang players receive every day when they enter the game, namely the invitation to visit offline the 15th edition of the World Esports Championship held in Iasi, in the Palas area.
The competition is in full swing and the interest is sure to increase and the views will be around tens of millions with semi-final and final matches for each individual game. This is also due to the fact that the International Electronic Sports Federation is a global organization, the 15th edition being held in Iasi, and the most popular IESF clip on YouTube totaling 1.7 million (2022 final at MLBB). The numbers are sure to be higher in the end, with organizers officially counting every impression across all distributed media.
Finally, the 15th IESF edition will end with 3 days of concerts (September 1-3), where we will meet Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Tom Odell, JP Cooper, BUG Mafia, Delia, Deliric and Connect- R and many others.