The first regional qualifiers of Dota Pro Circuit 2021 ended a few days ago. Esports Charts collected and analyzed events’ statistics: in this article, we will tell you which regions were the most interesting for the viewers, which matches attracted the majority of fans, and which region (spoiler: it’s NA) should think about its place in the Dota esports scene.
In the analysiss we took into account only the final stages of qualifications. Note that closed qualifiers in SEA were divided into two stages, and we included only the second one in the review as it’s where the participants of the first and second divisions were determined.
Streams of all the qualifications took from 22 to 27 hours of airtime. SEA was an exception as its second stage was broadcast for 32 hours. The main broadcasting platforms were Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and DotaTV. We also didn’t take into account the statistics of the Chinese streaming platforms.
CIS missed the official DPC season the most. Viewers of CIS qualifiers spent more than 939 thousand hours on broadcasts, which is almost two times more than European qualifiers collected. CIS qualifiers also lead by average audience of broadcasts with 40 thousand people, which is also twice as much as in Europe.
Qualifiers in the European region have collected almost 495K hours watched with 20 thousand average viewers. Although English-language streams were the most popular, the gap between Russian-language broadcasts was only 834 people.
It is no surprise that the CIS and Europe have become the leaders of the qualifiers in terms of hours watched and peak viewers. The International was canceled last year, but big tournaments were regularly held in both regions, so the audience was constantly entertained. The popularity of the qualifiers can be explained by the delayed onset: the fans got used to the non-ending Dota and could not ignore the most important qualifiers of the new DPC season.
Russian-speaking viewers were also among the leaders in other regions. CIS fans actively follow not only local teams, but the competitive Dota in general.
Now to the sad story. According to statistics, the most ‘dead’ region of the qualifiers was North America. Its streams collected only 103K hours watched with an average audience of 4.6 thousand people. In addition, the English-language broadcasts of local qualifiers were less popular than Spanish-speaking and Russian-speaking ones. And it’s despite the fact that only five players from South America participated in the closed qualifiers and zero from CIS.
As we have already noted, the regions were distributed by the peak viewers in the same way as by the hours watched.
A lot of popular CIS players and teams participated in local qualifiers, and since the game is the most popular esports discipline in the region, the statistical numbers speak for themselves. ESL One CIS Online Season 1 Decider Tournament gathered 86.5 thousand people at its peak, it happened in the match between B8 and NoTechies, where Dendi and Solo met — two legendary players in the region. Four more matches surpassed the mark of 50,000 concurrent viewers.
European fans have closely followed Alliance. The between [A] and mudgolems turned out to be the most popular in the qualifiers with 57 thousand viewers at peak. Note that a little less than half of this number is a Russian-speaking audience: it’s because of Belarusian support Fng from Alliance.
Viewers’ peak in SEA was reached on the final day of qualifiers. Several matches were played simultaneously in the region, and broadcasts were watched by 22.7 thousand people. Match between Peruvian teams EgoBoys and Latam Defenders caused the greatest interest in South America’s playoffs. 20.7 thousand people watched it at its peak.
Three extremely popular teams of the region (Invictus Gaming, Team Aster and Royal Never Give Up) participated in the Chinese qualifier. They became the leaders in terms of peak audience. The most popular match was between IG and RNG — 15.8 thousand viewers at the peak.
Viewers’ peak in NA was only 11 thousand people. The greatest viewers influx was caused by the match Aristotle vs DogChamp. It is noteworthy that only five players from North America participated in the game, the rest represented Europe and Southeast Asia.
Hours watched and peak viewers stats quite accurately reflect the situation with the competitive Dota in the regions. Tier-2 or newly created teams took part in the qualifiers: CIS fans are extremely interested in such teams. Europe was also among the leaders, since quite popular local teams participated in the qualification. Worldwide famous organizations also played in China, but there were a lot of little-known teams in NA, so the region didn’t attract a lot of spectators.
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