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Most popular esports tournaments: February 2021

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Most popular esports tournaments: February 2021

Mobile esports continues to dominate CS:GO and League of Legends by peak viewers. All because of Indonesia, where the 7th season of the MPL began, and derby of RRQ and Alter Ego at its peak gathered more than 613.6K viewers. This is a record for esports in February.

Other spots in the top 5 belong to CS:GO and League of Legends tournaments. The 2nd place was taken by the IEM Katowice 2021, which was held online. The final of the championship was the least popular in five years, and the peak was reached during the group stage match between Natus Vincere and Team Liquid: 596.5K spectators.

Another extremely popular CS:GO match of February took place at BLAST Premier Spring 2021. Peak fell on NAVI vs. FaZe Clan match which was simultaneously watched by 543K spectators.

League of Legends gained a lot of attention thanks to LCK and LEC. More than 525K concurrent viewers watched the game between T1 and NS RedForce in the Korean league. In Europe, real hype was around the first match of the season between G2 Esports and Fnatic. Their first game took place in early February, and over 582K people watched Fnatic beating their rivals.

English-speaking viewers mostly watched League of Legends, unsurprisingly. The most popular tournament was LCS, and the peak was reached during the match between Cloud9 and Team Liquid, which took place during the night from January 31 to February 1. The game in Lock In preseason tournament gathered 370.8K concurrent spectators.

In addition to LoL and CS:GO, the English-speaking audience was also interested in Fortnite, especially in the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl II event, where popular streamers and American football players played. The participants fought for a conditional prize fund of one million dollars (all the money went to charity), and the event attracted 262K English-speaking viewers at peak.

CIS viewers closely follow Natus Vincere in CS:GO. Its games in February peaked at 185.7K and 155K concurrent viewers during IEM Katowice and BLAST Premier Spring 2021 respectively. Others tournaments from top 5 are Dota 2 events.

In Dota 2 the most popular match among CIS fans was Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere rivalry which gathered 124.6K concurrent viewers. Both teams made it to ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021: NAVI will start the tournament from group stage and VP got a slot in playoffs.

Russian-speaking fans also followed European Dota 2. The game between two-time TI champions OG and Team Secret was watched by 80.4K CIS fans at the peak.

Most dedicated CIS Dota 2 fans also watched ESL One CIS Online Season 1 Lower Division. The most hyped game was between B8 and HellRaisers which was simultaneously watched by 49.8K viewers.

As for Twitch esports channels, the leader of the month was not the studio but the esports athlete Bak from popular Brazilian streaming organization LOUD. Gabriel Lessa hosted a Free Fire show match between his own team NOISE and the FAZ O P team, which is owned by paiN Gaming. At its peak, the game attracted more than 560K spectators: it’s a record for mobile gaming on Twitch as neither community events gathered bigger audience before that.

Twitch users also actively followed CS:GO and League of Legends. Interestingly, one Russian-language channel got into the top 5: csgomc_ru, where the matches of IEM Katowice 2021 were broadcast.

In early March, viewers actively followed esports in Call of Duty: Warzone, Rocket League and chess, where a new viewership record was recently set. But these competitions are unlikely to get to the top at the end of the month: they are not yet able to compete with LoL, CS:GO and mobile disciplines.

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