October was marked by the long-awaited LoL World Championship. At the same time, mobile esports continues to shine. Our blog will tell you how all of this has affected the championship popularity ranking in October 2020.
LoL Worlds 2020 became October's most popular event. The World Championship’s final match of Suning vs. DAMWON attracted 3.8 million viewers. This is the second highest peak viewers broadcast indicator in the esports industry to date, and was only outmatched by last year's LoL Worlds semifinal match of G2 vs. SKT.
From the standpoint of the peak viewers indicator, the top-5 has featured three mobile esports tournaments at once. The second and third spots of the top went to the competitions in Mobile Legends, while the fifth spot went to the Garena Free Fire competition.
The silver went to MPL ID Season 6 for its 2.8 million peak viewers. Even without including NimoTV, a platform with its own viewer-counting algorithm, the tournament still has over 1million viewers. It's followed by MPL PH Season 6 with 765 thousand peak viewers. This is not even the World Championship yet, but Mobile Legends already managed to set a new record among mobile disciplines. We’ve already covered this tournament and its records in more detail in our blog.
ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe has reached a mark of 611 thousand peak viewers. Such a high indicator was enabled by the match between Natus Vincere and Astralis. Such an occurrence was especially interesting to the game’s fans, given that it was a long time since NAVI had a chance to face the since-rejuvenated Astralis in a battle.
Liga NFA Season 4 closed our top with its 558 thousand viewers. In this particular case, Brazilian gamers were responsible for such a result. Being big fans of Garena Free Fire, they simply couldn’t miss the new major online tournament.
In case of LoL Worlds 2020, it gathered the most viewers among the English-speaking viewers as well, and English-language broadcast attracted a total of 1 million 157 thousand viewers. To compare, the ranking’s second spot corresponds to a several times smaller number of viewers: 328 thousand.
The new part of FIFA shows its strength from its very first days. The championship with invited guests gathered a total of 328 thousand peak viewers. This was achieved in part due to the rewards received for watching the broadcast.
A newcomer to the top, FaZe Clan Among Us IN-VENT-ATIONAL was quite an unusual event. The tournament in the recently popular Among Us has gathered a large number of popular personalities and streamers. That's why the audience to watch the competition with great interest, which amounted to a figure of 282 thousand peak viewers.
Hitch Cracked Creators Warzone closed our English-language top, and it gathered a total of 240 thousand peak viewers. The reason for the event’s popularity is the same as that of the previous one in the top: the list of participants featured the game category’s popular streamers (such as FaZe Clan players) which helped to attract the audience.
When it comes to the Russian-speaking segment, the CS:GO tournaments gathered most of the audience. The first spot went to ESL Pro League with 221 thousand peak viewers. The second spot went to IEM XV New York Online: CIS, where the NAVI vs. VP match has gathered 109 thousand peak viewers. Another competition of the discipline to enter the top was the BLAST Premier 2020 Fall Series.
Despite the great popularity of Dota 2 in the region, ESL One Germany 2020 became the only tournament in the game to enter the top. The mark of 97 thousand peak viewers was obtained thanks to the new NAVI roster. "Born to Win" recently signed over FlyToMoon, and the team began showing good results immediately afterward.
The fact that League of Legends World Championship occupied the fifth spot certainly was one of the things to stand out this month. The UoL vs. DRX match in the group stage attracted a total of 70 thousand Russian-speaking viewers. It should be reminded that this September the tournament’s Russian-language stream has managed to set a record for the discipline.
Twitch’s most popular esports channels can be seen as a repeat of the English top to some extent. The first two spots went to /riotgames and /lck_korea – the main LoL Worlds 2020 broadcasts. The middle spot of the top went to /esportsfifa for streaming the show tournament in the new version of the game. Following it was /csgomc_ru with the broadcast of ESL Pro League. Closing the top was /rocketleague with the broadcast of RLCS Season X Fall: NA Major, the discipline’s third most popular tournament.