The 2021 Free Fire World Series (FFWS), which was held from 28 to 30 May in Singapore, has set a new viewership record for a mobile esports tournament, hitting a peak of 5.4 million concurrent viewers, excluding Chinese platforms, according to Esports Charts.
The record-setting peak concurrent viewership figure for the 2021 FFWS more than doubled that of the 2019 FFWS in Rio, Brazil, which previously held the record for a mobile esports event with 2 million peak concurrent viewers, according to Esports Charts.
According to a press release by Free Fire publisher Garena, the first round of the 2021 FFWS posted the highest peak viewership of any esports match in history when excluding Chinese platforms.
The 2021 FFWS brought 18 of the best Free Fire teams from 11 regions around the world to Singapore to compete for a US$2,000,000 prize pool, the largest ever in the history of Free Fire esports.
The participating teams were awarded points based on round ranking and the number of kills in order to determine the new Free Fire world champions.
Team Phoenix Force from Thailand dominated in the Finals on 30 May, posting 113 points after claiming 4 Booyahs and 48 kills, to take home the 2021 FFWS title and the grand prize US$500,000.
Piyapon "TheCruz" Boonchuay was named the MVP of the tournament for his consistent stellar play, notably scoring 23 out of Team Phoenix Force's 48 total kills.
Team Phoenix Force were a level above of the competition as they finished the tournament at least 36 points ahead of any other team, with second-placed Team LOUD from Brazil and third-placed Team Silence from the CIS only managing to notch 77 and 73 points, respectively.
Team Phoenix Force’s victory marks the first FFWS victory for Thailand after Team Corinthians from Brazil claimed the 2019 FFWS title in front of their home crowd.
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