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The Free Fire World Series 2022 Bangkok has seen a significant drop in viewership compared to the game’s previous global event earlier this year.
The Free Fire World Series, held twice this year, drew a peak audience of 354,836. This is down from the 1.47 million recorded at the Free Fire World Series 2022 Sentosa in May, according to statistics from Esports Charts.
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Free Fire is a competitive mobile battle royale game developed by Garena from Singapore. The last World Series event was held in Bangkok, Thailand and EVOS Phoenix secured first place and a prize pool of US$500,000 (~£415,020).
The most watched game was the grand final between EVOS Phoenix and Keyd Stars. Overall, the event drew an average of 170,000 viewers, which is significantly less than the average attendance of the previous edition of 600,000.
The numbers look even more interesting when you compare the Bangkok tournament to the Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore, which is still the most-watched esports event of all time. The 2021 event drew around 5.4 million viewers at its peak, a record still unbroken by a mobile, PC or console game.
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Although the Free Fire World Series is being held biennially for the first time, this is the first time Garana has been able to host two offline global tournaments. This was mainly due to last year’s FFWS event in November being canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Therefore, there is no direct comparison between this year’s series and other tournaments that have taken place at a similar time.
Still, the tournament’s viewership wasn’t much higher than that of the most popular regional qualifier, the FFL Latinoamerica 2022 Closing, which drew 230,000 spectators.
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