EU Masters Spring, the second most important tournament in Europe, has come to an end. This time, the tournament showed somewhat unusual results in terms of a view count in comparison to the previous splits. In this article we are going to tell you what might have caused such a difference.
The tournament happened in an interesting time. As you know, because of the COVID-19 pandemic majority of the population are staying inside because of the self-isolation. As a result, most of the tournaments have more viewers than usual, and European Masters is no exception.
Around 144,000 viewers were watching the Spring Split tournament at its peak, surpassing the previous tournament by 39%. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to surpass peak viewership of the first season, with the total difference being less than 5%.
The main reason the first season was so successful is obvious - Origen. In 2018, one of the most legendary Europe teams stormed through the playoffs, ultimately crushing their opponents in the finals. After a short break xPeke decided to bring the organization back to life, and shortly thereafter they gloriously won European Masters tournament.
However, the tournament has exceeded all expectations In terms of the average view count. A mark of 46,000 viewers is definitely a new record for the whole EU Masters tournament series. It has surpassed the results of the previous Split by 51%, and the first season by 43%.
Such high average view count numbers is also probably the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we've mentioned before, a lot of people all over the world got more free time than usual, and as expected gamers are spending their time accordingly. Interesting fact - the most popular broadcasts are the English, Spanish and Polish ones.
The popularity of the Polish stream can be explained by a successful run of two Polish teams: K1CK and AGO Rogue. K1CK were even able to get to the finals and had a decent chance to win the whole thing, and although AGO Rogue finished in fourth place, we doubt that anyone is going to forget one of the most hilarious interviews with Zanzarah.
Interestingly enough, despite the fact that Spain has the biggest community among all countries-participants in the European Masters, Spanish broadcast had barely more viewers than the French one. However, it might have something to do with the poor performance from the Spanish teams.
Rating of the most popular teams in the tournament also aren't distinguished in uniformity. LDLC, the tournament winners had the most average concurrent viewers. However, the second spot in this category went to AGO Rogue. Perhaps, fans were blown away by an incredibly passionate speech from one of the players.
As usual, Spanish teams drew a large audience, however they weren't able to get to the finals, finishing at 3-4 place, and only Movistar Riders managed to even get to the playoffs. As we've mentioned in another article, Spanish qualifications for this tournament were the most popular of all in Europe.
In conclusion it's safe to say that the European Masters Spring 2020 was an amazing experience from beginning to end. The fact that it was played online did not affect the viewership in a negative way, but rather had a positive impact in some aspects.