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The most popular tournaments of April

Posted May 10, 2019

In April, the esports industry was literally shaken by a certain mobile game event. At the same time, this month was filled with lots of interesting tournaments and competitions. We present you the ranking of the most popular events for the second month of spring.

As usual, we will tell you about the overall results first, without taking the Chinese viewers into account. Note that the qualifier for the Fortnite World Cup is not included in the list of the most popular events. In this case, the personal broadcasts of players (which were sometimes even more popular than the official stream) were not taken into account.

Garena Free Fire World Championship, that took place at the Garena World, became April's most popular event. More details about it are provided in the respective article. The tournament has peaked at 1 million viewers, majority of them coming from YouTube. This has helped the game to set a new record on this platform, leaving behind such giants as the LoL World Championship and The International.

Following next in the list are the three regional League of Legends championships. First comes Korea with LCK, then North America with LCS, and Europe closes this top 3 with its LEC debut. Such state of affairs is fairly obvious, given that the spring split of the 9th season already came to an end in April – allowing these three competitions to receive a large amount of views due to the final matches for the champion title.

Closing this list is the CS:GO event – BLAST Pro Series Miami. Its viewers were able to witness some unusual events – such as the defeats of Astralis and Na’Vi which prevented them from qualifying for the championship finals. This is especially surprising for the “Red Star”, given that it earned its third champion title at the Poland major not too long ago.

When looking only at the English-language audience, the situation behaves differently. The top 5 still contains the regional League of Legends championships, but in a different order. Additionally, the second stage of Overwatch League makes an appearance in the top 5, while the fifth spot is occupied by the Apex Legends tournament from Twitch Rivals.

The top spot on the list is occupied by LCS, which is quite an expected result – given that this championship was held on the home turf – it was North American to begin with, as was the majority of the audience for the event. At the same time, the European LEC received the second spot, also attracting interest from the English-speaking viewers. Following them is LCK which closes the top 3.

The fourth spot is likewise obvious, occupied by OWL – which maintains solid presence in North America. Near the end of April, the organizers have also provided some quite interesting content. For the first time ever, the league matches were held outside the Blizzard Arena, and instead at the home platform of Dallas and its Dallas Fuel team.

With the English audience being figured out, let's take a look on the Russian-language segment. It continues being conservative, with only Valve games being featured in the top. First spot of the ranking goes to the seventh season of the StarSeries & i-League. Following it is the Blast Pro Series Miami. Third and fourth spots go to ESL One Mumbai and OGA Dota PIT Minor. Closing the top 5 is the European division of the ESL Pro League Season 9.

Regarding this top 5, we should note that the ESL event in India turned out to be more interesting than the matches at the DPC event (used for selection for the upcoming major). This was caused both by the surprising victories of Natus Vincere and the failure of Gambit Esports. The former have attracted lots of Russian-speaking viewers to the championship, whereas the latter has likely deprived the minor from the attention of many would-be viewers.

We should also note the official HearthStone channel, which was involved in broadcasting the World Championship 2019, has shown an excellent April performance. We were also pleasantly surprised by StarLadder, the Russian-language channel of which became the fifth in the popularity ranking. This once again shows the amount of influence held by the CIS viewers.

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