COVID-19 has affected all areas of our lives and led to the cancellation of many events. Esports is no exception. An unbelievable situation happened, the stars of traditional sports began their own streaming careers. Moreover, some professional teams transferred their postponed matches to online.
Thus, basketball teams Phoenix Suns and Dallas Maverick have solved the problem of their postponed match in creative manner. They played it on Twitch in NBA 2K 2020. The peak was 12K spectators, an unimaginable result for this discipline.
In comparison, the most popular event in this category - Twitch Rivals NBA 2K19 Showdown collected 16K spectators at its peak and the guys almost overtook them and the average number of viewers of this types of broadcasts is 5K viewers.
Next 3 games of Phoenix Suns also will be held online next week.
NBA celebrities Josh Hart, De'Aaron Fox and Trae Young have also started their CoD:Modern Warfare streams on Twitch. Josh Hart managed to gather more than 7,000 viewers at the peak of his broadcast.
England also decided to cheer their fans by playing the postponed matches in Football Manager. The match between Leicester City and Watford Football Club collected 747K views. Leyton Orient and Bradford followed their example.
Bradford switched to FIFA after its defeat and held FIFA Ultimate Quaran-team tournament with 128 teams. Meanwhile in Italy, the cancelled match between Sassuolo and Inter was held in Pro Evolution Soccer. The match was watched by more than 60K people.
As for racing, Dale Earnhardt has resumed his career, though only in online racing. He, along with racers of NASCAR Cup Series Alex Bowman, Darrell Wallace, William Byron, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley, participated in the eNASCAR race, which was held on PodiumeSports Twitch channel.
In addition, "The Replacements 100" race, which was to be held in Atlanta, was held online again on PodiumeSports and the viewers peak on the broadcast was 23K spectators.
NASCAR together with iRacing announced the Pro Invitational Series, which will bring together players from the Cup, Xfinity, Truck Series and the racers from NASCAR itself.
Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Éric Vern teamed up with the Veloce Racing esports, and they have conducted #NotTheAusGP tournament. Most of the racers have had their own streams of this event. The broadcast was watched by 142K people at its peak. Lando Norris attracted more than 50K viewers on his stream, and became one of the most viewed streamers on the platform.
All-Star Esports Battle - Australian F1 GP tournament was held with such stars as Max Verstappen, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud and others. The broadcast collected over 600K views on YouTube.
Formula 1 has rescheduled its real events and held instead F1 Virtual Bahrain Grand Prix in the F1 2019 game. The YouTube Live broadcast managed to overtake Twitch by the amount of peak viewers - 199,296 vs.180,971. Total viewers peak of the event is 395K viewers. Moreover, Lando Norris broke his own record and gathered 100K viewers on his broadcast.
Other athletes keep up and explore online games. Thibaut Courtois together with Achraf Hakimi, Borja Iglesias and Sergio Reguilón tried the League of Legends and Mesut Özil returned to his favorite Fortnite.
The "Arsenal" footballer has played more than 5500 matches in Fortnite and the viewers peak on his stream was 4000 people. This is a very good result as for his first and non-football stream.
Despite the epidemic, the traditional sports stars have found a way out of this situation and keep up with their fans through the online matches. And for those who want to know how the statistics of streaming in the world has changed because of the coronavirus - we invite you to our blog.