The tenth annual edition of The International — the concluding tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit by Valve, returns to Europe for the first time since 2011. This year’s edition of the event will be the first one in more than two years after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the global pandemic. Instead of taking place in August 2020 in Stockholm, as originally scheduled, TI10 will now be held at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania from October 7th to 17th.
To determine the 6 teams that will be joining the league’s top twelve squads in a competition for more than $40 million in prizes, Valve hosted an online series of regional TI1 Qualifiers, namely Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Southeast Asia and China, that ran throughout the past three weeks.
This article reviews the viewership statistics of The International 10 Regional Qualifiers, compares the performance of individual events and discusses the fine points regarding the three most popular regional qualifiers — EU, SEA and CIS.
Based on the viewership results of each of the regional tournaments, The International 10 Western Europe Qualifier outperformed the rest by almost 100% in all three categories. With 546K Peak Viewers, 216K Average Viewers and 10.9M Hours Watched, it became the third most-watched Dota 2 tournament since The International 2019 — the most spectated Dota 2 esports broadcast of all time, which gathered staggering 1.9M concurrent viewers. The second was ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 with 597K PV.
The next best-performing qualifier for TI10 was the Southeast Asian event, which attracted 258K Peak Viewers, who brought in over 5.6M Hours Watched. On average, 106K viewers tuned in.
The Eastern European Qualifier ended up third with 222K concurrent viewers and 5.5M Hours Watched. The event was spectated by 109K people on average.
The statistics clearly show in which regions Dota 2 is the most popular and it’s no surprise to see EU, SEA and CIS at the top. Although the game is vastly popular in China as well, The TI 10 China Qualifier didn’t achieve numbers matching with the trio of best-performing regions. The Chinese broadcast peaked at 148K concurrent viewers and gathered 1.8M Hours Watched. On average, 42K spectators watched the event.
The North American Qualifier reached the lowest viewership — 69K Peak Viewers, 40K Average Viewers and 1.7M Hours Watched. The South American Qualifier was slightly better only in terms of Peak Viewers — 70K, while reaching the lowest counts of Average Viewers and Hours Watched — 26K AV and 1.1M HW.
Most popular teams of TI10 Western Europe Qualifier
The EU qualifier was filled with action as The International 2018 and 2019 champions OG secured their spot at TI 2021 with a 3-2 victory over Tundra Esports. Not a surprising outcome, considering this will be OG’s fifth consecutive year attending The International.
At the same time, OG was the most popular team of the tournament, attracting337K viewers on average. Tundra Esports ended up second with 291K Average Viewers, followed by Nigma (261K AV), Vikin.gg (163K AV) and Team Liquid (147K AV).
Most popular teams of TI10 Southeast Asian Qualifier
The SEA region has proven to be one of the strongest in this season of Dota Pro Circuit, and the viewership results from the SEA qualifier only confirm that. Most of the matches throughout the event were tense and long, including the 104 minutes-long game between Galaxy Racer Esports and Motivate.Trust Gaming, which is one of the longest Dota 2 pro-games ever played.
In the end, Fnatic claimed Southeast Asia’s final ticket to The International 10 after reverse sweeping TNC Predator 3-2. In terms of popularity, TNC Predator was slightly ahead with 134K Average Viewers, while Fnatic was just behind with 129K viewers on average. The third was BOOM Esports with 107K AV, followed by OB Esports x Neon (69K AV) and Omega Esports (68K AV).
Most popular teams of TI10 Eastern Europe Qualifier
Team Spirit was also the most spectated team of the CIS qualifier, reaching almost 129K Average Viewers. The next was Natus Vincere and HellRaisers with 121K AV and 120K AV, respectively. Although Team Empire attracted only 103K viewers on average, the Russian squad holds the lead in Hours Watched. The top 5 most popular CIS teams chart is completed by PuckChamp with 84K Average Viewers.
Looking at the viewership performance of The International 10 Qualifiers, it is clear that Dota 2 keeps thriving and maintaining its popularity. Will the upcoming edition overcome 2019’s record? We’ll make sure to keep you updated once the championship concludes.