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Most popular tournaments in March – nothing can match Free Fire

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Most popular tournaments in March – nothing can match Free Fire

A new month brings new mobile esports achievements! Garena Free Fire battle royale became the top discipline in early spring, with the Latin American League achieving one of the best results in the game’s history. We will tell you which tournaments were particularly popular among the viewers in March, and which PC discipline is still doing fine in the face of mobile gaming’s popularity.

The audience of esports tournaments has shown significant growth as compared to February. In March, two championships at once reached the mark of more than 1M peak viewers, with the new Latin American Free Fire league becoming the most successful competition.

The start of Free Fire League Latinoamerica 2021 Opening dates back to January, but it was the season’s finale (which took place on March 21st) that really grabbed the audience’s attention. Making it to the decisive stage were twelve teams with players from Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and many other countries – giving each segment of the audience someone to root for. This resulted in the tournament gathering more than 1.46M peak viewers – which is the fourth-best result in the history of the discipline!

Found in the top 5 was yet another mobile “battle royale” league: Liga Brasileira de Free Fire 2021. The decisive matches were followed by 827K peak viewers, which is one of the best results in the region’s history.

While the Spanish-speaking countries were selecting the strongest in Free Fire, esports fans in Southeast Asia were busy watching the battles in MPL ID Season 7 – which is the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang league for Indonesian teams. While the seventh season was slightly behind the sixth in terms of viewer count, the tournament still managed to show excellent results. The competition gathered over 1.18M peak viewers during the Indonesian derby of Rex Regum Qeon and EVOS Legends – both of which being among the region’s most popular teams.

As usual, LEC ended up being the sole representative of PC gaming among the top 5 tournaments. Quite expectedly, G2 Esports gathered the most hype, with its first playoff match versus FC Schalke 04 Esports attracting a total of 642K peak viewers.

Closing the top 5 is yet another “battle royale”. And no, this is not PUBG (the World Cup for which has recently ended) – but rather its mobile counterpart. PUBG Mobile Pro League Season 3 2021 Indonesia set a new regional record for the discipline – with the eighth round attracting 532K peak viewers. Most likely, this is not the limit either – as the tournament will end only on April 18th, it still has plenty of time for setting new records.

What are the English-speaking viewers watching?

While mobile games dominate the world, this does not mean Western esports audiences shall change their tastes. League of Legends still dominates the English-speaking audience – and ready to compete with it is another title from Riot Games – Valorant.

The LEC became the most popular tournament among the English-speaking audience, gathering 429K peak viewers during the very same G2 Esports versus FC Schalke 04 Esports match. The European league keeps outperforming the American league: LCS finished only in the third spot, gathering 269K viewers during the derby of Team Liquid versus Team SoloMid.

The second spot was occupied by the first Valorant Champions Tour in the Masters series for North American teams. The encounter of Sentinels and Luminosity Gaming became the most popular match, followed by 358K peak viewers. Such a result should not be surprising: thanks to a preliminary agreement with Riot Games, the game was broadcasted by many popular English-speaking streamers – whose involvement helped the championship to reach high viewership statistics.

The results of VCT Stage 1 Masters: Valorant continues to grow in North America

In February, English-speaking viewers actively following CS:GO, and yet not a single tournament in Valve’s shooter made it to the top 5 in Match. Instead, the ranking featured the championships in Call of Duty: Warzone and Rocket League!

With Toronto Ultra $100 Payout Season 2 gathering almost all top Western streamers and Warzone players, the competition reached the mark of more than 204K peak viewers. RLCS Season X Spring North America was watched by the audience just as actively: the regional Rocket League tournament gathered more than 175K peak viewers – who were most interested in the battle between V1 and G2 Esports.

Statistics on Russian-speaking viewers – In the CIS, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike are still in the lead

The CIS-based esports audience is not known for changing its tastes as well. Usually, it is occupied exclusively by Dota 2 and CS:GO, but Call of Duty: Warzone unexpectedly took the lead in March!

ESL Pro League Season 13 became the most popular tournament in the Russian-speaking segment of esports. As usual, the peak viewers mark was reached during the NAVI match, with more than 160K viewers watching their battle versus MIBR.

When it comes to Dota 2, for the first time in more than a year, there was a major taking place in the Dota Pro Circuit system – and it successfully grabbed the attention of Dota fans. The debut match of Virtus.pro became the tournament’s most popular match among the Russian-speaking viewers, with a total of 136K viewers following the encounter between Virtus.pro and PSG.LGD. It should be noted that most of the matches of the tournament took place in the morning and the afternoon (as the event was hosted by Singapore). This means the figures reached could well be higher if the matches were broadcast in prime time instead.

The third season of the EPIC League also entered the top 5 tournaments of March in the Russian-speaking segment. However, the results it showed were much more modest than the major, with 43K peak viewers during the group stage and 54K in the first division of the league.

Quite unexpectedly, Twitch Rivals for Call of Duty: Warzone made it to the top 5 most popular tournaments. The championship gathered more than 32K Russian-speaking peak viewers, most of whom followed the games of NAVI streamer Dmitry “Recrent” Osintsev – who performed in a duo with Ubica.

Most popular esports channels on Twitch

When it comes to our Twitch sample, League of Legends is still in the lead, with the peak viewers mark being reached during the G2 versus Schalke 04 Esports battle at the LEC (284K viewers). Interestingly enough, the second spot went to ... shroud! He was the most popular community streamer of VCT 2021 NA Stage 1 Masters, attracting to the championship as many as 236K peak viewers from his audience.

Closing the top 3 was the Rocket League tournament for the North American teams. Gathering 162K peak viewers was the match of G2 versus Kansas City Pioneers, which was broadcast on the official Twitch channel of the game.

While the majority of Brazilian fans followed the local league on Free Fire in March, when it comes to Twitch, Brazilians mostly followed CBLOL. The official Portuguese-language broadcast last month reached the mark of 150K viewers during the encounter of Pain Gaming and LOUD (with the latter being incredibly popular in Brazil).

The Russian-language broadcast of ESL Pro League Season 13 also entered the top 5, with 150K viewers following the NAVI versus MIBR battle on the main Maincast CS:GO channel.

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