In a time when we're encouraged to stay home and curb the COVID-19 disease, most of us have been flocking towards digital content to better cope with the situation, namely video game streams. And with the popularity of gaming in Malaysia, it's no wonder that it's one of the fastest growing markets for Facebook Gaming, in both the Southeast Asian region and the world.
Over the past year, the total viewership count for Facebook Gaming has seen a whopping 87% growth in Malaysia alone, along with 20.7 million Stars given out by viewers to support streamers last April. Recognising Malaysians' fervour for streaming and the popularity of local streamers such as Soloz and Yana Samsudin, the gaming platform is determined to nurture its growth in the country and enhance the experiences of both viewers and streamers.
In the spirit of Ramadan, Facebook Gaming introduced new ways to bring streamers and supporters closer during this festive season. They include the addition of Ramadan-themed overlays and virtual presents for fans to gift streamers, friendly PUBG Mobile tournaments between streamers, and even the #BukaGeng initiative where viewers can buka puasa (break fast) with their favourite Creators every weekend via streaming.
"A lot of people are stuck at home this Ramadan looking for entertainment," said Yana in the recent Facebook Gaming online conference. "There are a lot of people who don't play games, they just want to watch us game. It's a two-way interaction that I think is brilliant on Facebook Gaming; us streamers are happy playing games, and our viewers are happy watching us play too." She opined that streaming also helps minimise citizens' movements during the CMCO (conditional movement control order) period in Malaysia.
Next up: the global stage! It feels too soon that the Southeast Asian leg of the PUBG Mobile Professional League (PMPL SEA) Finals 2020 ended, with the regional tournament coming to a close today.
After three days of hard-fought battles and aggressive yet smart plays, Yoodo Gank won the regional competition with a grand slam: five Winner Winner Chicken Dinners and a whopping total of 126 kills. As the PMPL SEA Finals 2020 champions, they will join five other teams - including fellow countrymen, Team Secret, and runner-up King of Gamers Club - in battling the world’s best PUBG Mobile team in the PUBG Mobile World League (PMWL) 2020 East Division.
Just when you think Yoodo Gank has gotten their fill of chicken dinners, they went ahead to secure two more today for Match 11 and 14. Despite getting ambushed and stuck between teams - even to the point of almost getting wiped out earlier - in the day’s first match, they still managed to recover properly and held on until their victory.
It’s worth noting that Draxx has been the MVP several times (including this round), gunning down enemy players left and right like a crazy good fragger even when he’s supposed to play a more supportive role.
“We actually exchange roles between us from time to time,” Draxx revealed. “So everyone is pretty much a multirole player.” Though we aren’t sure if it’s a tactic they’ll stick to in the World League, all that matters is that their new play style paid off in the finals, and are on their way to the upper echelons.
“We’re very thankful for getting here,” said captain Manparang. “We’re glad we got to prove ourselves and become champions.”
As for the other Malaysian teams, Team Secret fared pretty well by placing fifth overall. They largely got knocked out early today, but were so close to winning another chicken dinner before Yangon Galacticos blew them up skyhigh in Match 13. It was their good fortune that they managed to keep their placement by performing reasonably well in the first two days. Ultimately, as winners of the PMPL MY/SG Grand Finals 2020, Team Secret will be seen next on the world stage of PMWL 2020 East.
On the flip side, Bigetron AROV couldn’t get back the magic that scored them their first WWCD yesterday and were stuck in a slump today, getting knocked out early in all their matches. Although they managed to get six kills in the last match, their earlier knockouts lowered their placement from 10th to 12th. Even so, all’s not lost for Bigetron AROV, because they can try for the big leagues again next season during the Fall Split.
The PMPL SEA Finals 2020 was held over the weekend from 1 - 3 May. No other details have been revealed regarding PMWL 2020 East just yet.
The PUBG Mobile Professional League Southeast Asian (PMPL SEA) Finals Spring Split 2020 Day 1 went by in a flash, as the 3-day tournament began early this evening. With Thailand’s RRQ Athena and King of Gamers Club and Malaysia’s Yoodo Gank currently in the top three spots, us PUBG Mobile esports fans were treated to a feast of high IQ plays and superhuman-like reflexes on the launch day of PMPL SEA Finals 2020. But, no one else would be prouder than the citizens of Malaysia, with their favourite team placing first on Day 1.
Bagging two Winner Winner Chicken Dinners (WWCDs) for Match 1 and 5, 36 kills and consistently placing in the top 10 for all five matches today, it’s a huge leap in improvement for Yoodo Gank after placing second in the Grand Finals of PMPL MY/SG (Malaysia/Singapore) Spring Split 2020, especially when they’re facing off against the best PUBG Mobile teams across SEA.
Throughout the day, they’ve mostly employed their signature strategy of staying outside the circle, focusing on dominating late game after the herd has been thinned out. Their aggressive approach has been fine tuned to conquer today’s matches, killing more than 10 players in the two matches they’ve won, even besting PUBG Mobile world champions, Bigetron RA in the final circle of Match 1 in Erangel. In between gun fights, they emphasise on strategic rotations and fortifying their areas, but not without sending Jumper to scout out for potential threats.
“We were so focused on just playing the game before we realised that there few teams left,” said captain Manparang, adding that they weren’t expecting to win so many WWCDs. Fragger Fredo revealed that they have an idea of which areas would be claimed by certain teams after scrimming with them a couple of times, and predict the best places for them to secure.
“That’s why we were caught off-guard in Match 2 and got knocked out early,” Fredo said, citing the time they unexpectedly bumped into Vietnam’s BadBoy and got eliminated. Nevertheless, they kept their heads held high, and outsmarted King of Gamers Club in the climax of Match 5 with their high-ground in-circle position.
In other news, fellow countrymen Team Secret are currently placed fifth, steadily maintaining their placement in the top 10 sans Match 3 while accumulating a fair kill volume of 23 kills. The issue they ran into the most, was getting sandwiched between enemy teams several times, which usually resulted in their early demise.
And on the flip side, Bigetron AROV is holding on at 15th place, usually with either Hijrah or Zully as the last man standing to play the sneaky tactic, attempting to get the highest possible placements. “Our morale is currently low, but we all have our own ups and downs,” said Bigetron AROV team manager, Terence "icybaby12" Yong. “But when it’s a competition, it matters to us to a point that it’s “do or die”. We don’t have time to mope around, and we have to trust each other to keep moving forward.”
With Yoodo Gank currently in first place, they’re one step closer to joining Team Secret at the PUBG Mobile World League Spring Split (PMWL) 2020 Eastern Division. But don’t forget, literally anything can happen in the next 10 matches. Will Yoodo Gank keep their cool and maintain their top two placement?
The PMPL SEA Finals 2020 continues tomorrow 3.30PM (GMT+8), with the Finals happening the day after on 3 May. Catch the live stream on the PUBG Mobile official Facebook page.
Although most of us are stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 'tis still a good time to celebrate Ramadan when we're with our family 24/7. We have much to be grateful for, especially so for hotshot Facebook Gaming streamer, Mohd Faris "Soloz" Zakaria - who recently broke his own personal record of highest concurrent viewers on his live stream two nights ago (28 Apr).
Having reached a new high of 44,014 simultaneous viewers on said stream, Soloz was streaming his gameplay for Facebook Gaming's Global Ramadan Tournament, a friendly PUBG Mobile competition pitting Malaysia's and Indonesia's top streamers against each other.
The first half of the tournament - which was held for the past two nights - was hosted by MainGames Indonesia, while eGG Network will take over hosting duties for the second half next Tuesday and Wednesday (5 - 6 Apr) at 10PM (GMT+8).
Soloz's previous record holder was a live stream he did last week, peaking at 37,742 concurrent viewers. He was streaming his regular gameplay of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, before ending it with a literal bang by playing everyone's favourite mobile battle royale, PUBG Mobile. It wasn't so long ago that the professional Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports player commemorated another milestone: amassing 1 million followers, and it looks like he isn't slowing down any time soon!
If you didn’t manage to qualify for the PUBG Mobile SEA Finals, fret not - there’s plenty of opportunities to show off your team’s mettle. In these trying times, Axis Esports has announced the SafeZone Community Cup - a tournament for amateur Malaysian PUBG Mobile teams who are stuck at home thanks to the Movement Control Order.
Featuring a total prize pool of $8,400 there’s plenty of money to go around if your team can make a deep run. If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Be the next amateur PUBG Mobile team to claim the spotlight!
If you are more interested in spectating the event - you can follow the action live on the Official PUBG Mobile Malaysia Facebook Page.
It's a crazy world out there, no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has led countries to take precautions and restricted movements of its citizens to flatten the curve. And though it's been hard for us staying home 24/7, gaming communities have not ceased to find ways to connect the world through this harsh time. The all-new global gaming event series, You Are Not Alone (YANA), is set to make even more waves in the digital sphere, partnering with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to extend its broadcast across Southeast Asia to officialise it as a truly global initiative.
To be broadcast on Facebook Gaming and Twitch, the world's largest online gaming event will feature a plethora of events and friendly competitions for gamers worldwide to enjoy. Plus, sports and esports athletes - such as AS Roma, LAFC, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North and NoFuchsGiven - will also be participating to ramp up the fun, with games like FIFA 20, Fortnite and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege included too.
The UK-based gaming movement was founded to build connections among us to curb feelings of isolation, in the face of social distancing that's been enforced by governments. Aside from encouraging the world's players to follow good hygiene and health practices, it also serves as a fundraising platform to help frontliners battle COVID-19.
YANA will be held on 2 May at 7PM (GMT+8) for 12 hours on Facebook Gaming and Twitch. For more information on registration or if you wish to create content on the event, head on over to yana.gg or follow @10milliongamers on Instagram and Twitter.