Every month ESI, in collaboration with Esports Charts, delves into the world of esports viewership to highlight what audiences are currently watching, along with other emerging trends in the industry.
October saw the conclusion of Dota 2’s The International, as well as the commencement of the League of Legends World Championship and CS:GO’s PGL Major. With three major events occurring last month, how have the tournaments performed?
League of Legends takes the top spot
Despite only recently concluding in November, League of Legends’ World Championship was the most popular esports event in October. The tournament secured a peak viewership of over 3.5m (excluding Chinese figures) during the BO5 semi-finals between T1 and Damwon Kia.
According to Esports Charts, the semi-final matchup recorded greater viewership than the 2017 and 2018 World Finals, which secured around peak viewers. Moreover, 2020’s highest viewed semi-final match-up, between G2 Esports and Damwon Korea, only recorded a viewership of 2.7m viewers.
The Worlds Championship has already concluded, with the overall tournament recording a peak viewership of just over 4m. Whilst there are still events to be settled, it is highly likely that League of