In esports, we see bigger events, tournaments and investments growing rapidly year on year. All this growth is also reflected in the tournaments organised.
In today's list, we will take a look at the tournaments with the highest number of concurrent viewers. There are many tournaments on the list, both familiar and surprising ones.
9. The International 10
The biggest tournament that comes to mind when anybody is talking about Dota 2 is, of course, The International. The International's last tournament, The International 10, was held from October 7 to October 17 this year. The peak viewership record of the massive event, the esports tournament with the highest prize pool ever, which was more than 40 million dollars, was broken in the final match. The spectacular grand final between PSG.LGD and Team Spirit reached 2,741,514 peak viewers. Contrary to expectations, Team Spirit's victory also shocked millions of viewers. With an average of 857,343 viewers, The International 10 watched 107,239,312 hours in total.
8. PGL Major Stockholm 2021
We continue our list with a recent tournament. The major tournament that CS:GO lovers have been waiting for a long time,started on October 26 and ended with the wonderful grand final on November 7. During this final, the peak viewership record was broken. 2,748,434 people watched the grand final between G2 Esports and NAVI at the same time. NAVI was the winner of this match and won the grand prize of $1,000,000 of the tournament with a prize pool of $2,000,000. The average viewership during the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 was 593,061. The CS:GO major was watched for a total of 71,266,120 hours.
7. M2 World Championship
The next tournament is one of Mobile Legends' most prestigious tournaments, held in Singapore. It was held earlier this year, in January. The grand final of the tournament, where Bren Esports won and Burmese Ghouls came in second, was watched by 3,083,245 instant viewers. The tournament had a $300,000 prize pool, with Bren Esports winning the $140,000 grand prize as the champion. The average viewership was 689,737 and the total time spent watching was a massive 42,706,210 hours.
6. M3 World Championship
The sixth place of the list is another Mobile Legends tournament, the M3 World Championship, which ended just four days ago in Singapore. There was a huge prize pool of $800,000. The ONIC Philippines match against RRQ Hoshi in the upper bracket semifinals of the tournament attracted 3,191,404 instant viewers. That's crazy and wonderful. Blacklist International won the tournament, and the grand prize of $300,000. An average of 602,588 people watched the tournament. The total viewer time is 62,618,894 hours.
5. PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0
In fifth place on the list, PUBG greets us. The first day of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0 finals, where a full $1,200,000 in prize money was distributed, broke the tournament's viewership record. The winner of the tournament, which reached a peak audience of 3,801,998, was Nova Esports. The PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0 was watched by an average of 528,822 viewers and the total watch time was 64,560,318 hours.
4. 2020 League of Legends World Championship
As we slowly approach the end of our list, we come across a League of Legends tournament for the first time. We all remember that the League of Legends tournament was held despite the difficult Covid-19 conditions. It was a tournament with a prize pool of $2,225,000, featuring 22 amazing League of Legends teams. The peak attendance of 3,882,252 viewers was reached in this stunning final between DAMWON Gaming and Suning. DAMWON Gaming won the final 3-1 and received the massive prize money of $556,250. In addition to the peak viewership, the average viewership of the tournament is also incredible. Worlds 2020 was watched by an average of 1,113,702 viewers and had a total duration of 139,862,355 hours.
3. 2019 League of Legends World Championship
Yes, we continue with the most prestigious tournament series of League of Legends. Let's even give spoilers, the second one on the list is also from League of Legends. It had a $2,250,000 prize pool, similar to the Worlds held in 2020. Although the final was played between G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix, the most watched match of the tournament was between G2 Esports and SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals. While the final match reached 3,700,545, G2 vs T1 in the semi-finals reached 3,985,787 instant viewers. The champion of the tournament, FunPlus Phoenix, won the huge prize of $834,375. There was an average of 1,042,341 viewers throughout the tournament. The total watch time was 136,980,921 hours.
2. 2021 League of Legends World Championship
Second on our list is Worlds 2021. The tournament, which ended last November, was the scene of great moments. In Reykjavík, Iceland, 22 leading League of Legends teams competed for a $2,225,000 prize pool. League of Legends fans also did not leave the teams they supported alone. The grand final, which witnessed the spectacular comeback of EDward Gaming, who fell 1-2 against DAMWON Gaming on the way to becoming the champion, reached 4,018,728 peak viewers. With this comeback, EDward Gaming won the grand prize of $489,500. The total watch time of the tournament, which was watched by an average of 1,298,219 people, is 174,826,794 hours.
1. Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore
Here we are at the top of the list. The Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore was one of the biggest Garena Free Fire tournaments ever. The prize pool of the tournament held in Singapore was $2,000,000. In round 1 of the finals of the tournament, the peak of viewer number was 5,415,990. What a huge difference there is even with the second on the list. The champion of the tournament, Phoenix Force, won the full $500,000 prize. They are also the leader of the list in the average number of viewers. 2,087,460 viewers, what a number. The tournament was watched for a total of 18,439,225 hours.
The esports industry continues to grow day by day. When we look at the peak viewer numbers, the fact that many tournaments are close to today is an indication of this. This growth does not seem to stop soon.
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