The League of Legends regional battles have come to an end. It was not without both failed competitions and new records. In the new report, Esports Charts will tell you about the stats and the situation in each region, as well as who will represent their countries at the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational 2021 in Iceland.
The very format of the MSI has changed. Many teams used to not take the tournament seriously, because everyone was preparing for Worlds 2020, the most important event of the discipline with the largest prize money. This year, the regional tournaments were divided into three groups according to the results of the last international competitions.
LCK — Korea is not losing ground
If anyone is doing well, it is the Korean region. There, the discipline has been leading for more than a year and constantly attracts a huge audience. This season, 836K viewers watched LCK at the peak of the match between T1 and DWG KIA in the group stage. The reason is simple: In Korea, T1 and DWG KIA have long found national love and are watched by a lot of viewers. Although T1 took only the fourth position, they became the most popular team in the region — 355K viewers on average.
DWG KIA drew 275K viewers on average. DWG KIA have dominated the Korean scene for months, winning the LCK Summer 2020, Worlds 2020 and KeSPA Cup 2020, and this season is no exception. It is not known whether the results would have been better if T1 had reached the final, given that all the top matches of Korean LoL events were held with their participation and attracted almost a million viewers, such as at MSI 2019. On the other hand, the community cast also helped the promotion of the league: the competition was broadcast by streamers phonics1, lol_woolf, handongsuk and others.
CBLOL — Brazilians set a record
A new season for Brazil is a new record. The region for the first time got 416K viewers at the match between the teams PaiN and Vorax. PaiN are the obvious favorites of the Brazilians, on average, 203K spectators watched them. Vorax is in second place, but they have only 184K viewers.
LOUD made a big noise. 3 of the most popular matches out of 5 were played with their participation, although the team only reached the quarterfinals, perhaps their results would have been even better if they had gone further. CBLOL broadcasts took place on four platforms, but YouTube attracted the most viewers — 207K people. It is worth noting that this season it was possible to watch broadcasts on NimoTV, a popular platform among Asian viewers. In addition to LoL, the platform began to cast the official series of Valorant VCT tournaments.
LCL — the CIS region's results are mixed
In the CIS, the situation is ambiguous. Compared to summer 2020, hours watched fell by 64%. As in the previous season, the favorites and winners of the tournament were Unicorns of Love, 20K viewers on average. They will also go to Iceland to represent the CIS.
After the end of the LCL, Gambit Esports, one of the most popular teams in the region, announced the dissolution of the team. Gambit has three wins at IEM and the same number in LCL. This season, in-game chests were not given for watching the broadcast, and you can see the real number of League of Lefends esports fans in the CIS. Twitch broadcasts suffered because of this. YouTube, on the contrary, is doing well, the number of viewers increased 2.5 times compared to LCL Summer 2020.
LJL, LPL, VCS, TCL— The situation in Japan, China, Vietnam and Turkey has worsened
HW in the Japanese region dropped by 260K, while peak viewers decreased by 29.4%. The final was a rematch of the last season between DetonatioN FocusMe and V3 Esports and was won by DFM. They also became the most popular team in the tournament with 23K viewers.
In China, LPL Spring 2021 was held offline at THE HUB Performance Center. The league took exactly the same amount of time as the summer season. However, the results did not improve — HW fell by 17%, and PV by 22%. Statistics of the Chinese region are provided without taking into account broadcasts on Chinese platforms for more objective data. In the new season, JD Gaming and Top Esports lost a step, both teams did not reach the top three, although in previous seasons they were favorites.
Compared to summer 2020, hours watched of the Vietnamese regiondecreased by 20%. The region has a new SBTC Esports team that has returned to the scene after a two-year break. As a result, they became the most popular team with 82K people on average, but did not reach the playoffs. GAM Esports, the last season favorites of the audience, won the competition in spring 2021, and 3 matches out of 5 became the most popular in the league.
YouTube was the leader among the platforms in Vietnam — 230K viewers. The broadcasts also took place on Twitch, Nonolive, and Facebook.
The Turkish season showed worse results than in 2020. Hours watched fell by 15%, peak viewers — by 38%. İstanbul Wildcats have dominated for the second consecutive season.
LLA — there is a small growth
In the Latin American league, things are pretty good, although the competition was 3 hours less and got less than 400K HW, the peak mark increased by 17% compared to last season, which means that the region set a new record. This year, the popularity of the Argentines of Furious Gaming has increased quite a lot, the team reached the final and their match with Infinity got 95K PV. FG also became the most popular team in the Latin American region with an average of 31K viewers, but Infinity Esports will represent LATAM in Iceland.
LCO — the new league has not overtook its predecessor
Oceania has received an entirely new professional league. In 2020, Riot Games closed the Sydney office and liquidated OPL and OCS, as they did not see prospects in the region. ESL had a different vision, so they created LoL Circuit Oceania (LCO). As we can see, in terms of HW, the new league falls short, but in terms of PV, it lacked only a thousand viewers to beat the spring of 2020.
PCS — unexpected growth in Asia
In the Pacific region, which unites the Southeast Asian countries, there is an increase in all indicators. Hours watched increased by 56%, and the peak was recorded in the match between Taiwanese Machi Esports and Beyond Gaming — 54K people watched their match. The latter became the most popular team of the tournament, attracting 25K viewers on average, and the five most popular matches of the event were with their participation.
Mid-Season Invitational 2021 will begin on May 6 at the Laugardalsholl Sports Arena in Reykjavik, with all teams coming to Iceland except the Vietnamese GAM Esports due to quarantine restrictions. Also, the EU Masters, where the French audience made a splash in terms of indicators, will soon end.
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