January 24 marked the end of the BLAST Premier 2020. The final event became the most popular online tournament in CS:GO history, and Peak Viewers record was updated twice! Read everything about the championship's accomplishments and how it was impacted by the overall popularity of Natus Vincere in the new Esports Charts’ article.
BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020 concluded a long series of championships that ran throughout 2020. Due to overlaps with the schedule and problems with the relocation of teams to Europe, the final event was moved to early 2021. And the wait was clearly worth it.
Four best Spring and Fall Series teams and four rosters that earned the most BLAST Premier Circuit points participated in the event.
New season, new records in CS:GO
BLAST Premier: Global Final has set a new bar for all online tournaments in the discipline. The championship achieved an absolute record by Peak Viewers in the entire history of CS:GO online tournaments. And did it twice!
The first record was set at the match between Natus Vincere and Team Liquid in the third round of the lower bracket. It was watched by over 592K people at the peak. All the stars have aligned: it was an incredibly important match with the most popular CS team in the world and Liquid, who just signed the Brazilian legend Gabriel FalleN Toledo.
For the Portuguese-speaking audience the match was casted by an incredibly popular streamer Gaules: it was watched by 175K people at peak. However, it turned out to be only the third most popular match in the tournament for Gaules: the first place was also taken by NAVI vs. Liquid, but it took place in the first round of the playoffs and gathered 218K Peak Viewers.
For the second time, the record was broken in the decisive game of the lower bracket, where Natus Vincere and Team Vitality met. The CIS team prevailed in an intense game, and the match itself gathered up to 687K spectators at peak. Statistics once again confirmed that even if NAVI is not the strongest team in the world according to HLTV.org, they are the undeniable top 1 by popularity.
Top CS:GO tournaments by Peak Viewers; only majors and IEM Katowice are higher than BLAST Premier Global Final
BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020 has become the second most popular non-major tournament in CS:GO history. The championship is only behind IEM Katowice, which gathered over a million viewers at its peak last year. But it is noteworthy that BLAST bypassed IEM by an average number of viewers: 317K vs. 279K spectators.
NAVI, NAVI and NAVI once more!
Natus Vincere once again confirmed that their CS:GO team is the most popular in the discipline. At the end of the tournament, four NAVI games entered the top 5 matches by Peak Viewers, and each gathered 560K+ simultaneous viewers. Fifth place was taken by Astralis — Vitality game, which gathered up to 476K viewers at the peak.Alexander s1mple Kostylev's team also became the tournament’s absolute leader in terms of average audience and total hours watched. Natus Vincere was watched by 420K people on average (47 thousand more than their closest pursuer) and gained 8.72M hours watched (1.7 times more than Astralis, the second by this indicator). It should be noted that the amount of hours watched is also influenced by the fact that NAVI got to the grand final through the lower bracket.
Team Liquid also deserves attention. Their last match in the tournament became the most popular in the organization’s history CS:GO (excluding the majors). As we’ve already noted, this is mostly thanks to the signing of FalleN and the fact that the tournament was streamed by Gaules.
The BLAST Premier was extremely long but spectacular. Don’t forget that the new season is just about to start: the first matches are scheduled for February 4.
Natus Vincere continues to dominate in CS:GO by viewership statistics. The detailed report on the NAVI’s phenomenon will soon be published on Esports Charts, and now you can read our rating of the most popular esports organizations in 2020.