The trends of the previous year continue spilling over to the first month of 2020, with the mobile gaming once again entering the ranking's top. In today's article we will tell you about the January's most popular esports events based on their peak viewers indicator.
The Free Fire championship Copa América 2020 became the most popular out of all championships in January. The strongest teams of the New World have clashed in the battle for a prize pool worth $33 thousand. While this amount may not be the largest one for the modern esports events, the mark of almost 900 thousand peak viewers was reached nonetheless and remains the highest across all the events for the month.
The first Dota 2 major has also managed to stand out, with the DreamLeague Season 13 having gathered 475 thousand peak viewers – which is one of the best results across all majors. We have already covered the results of this tournament in more detail in the following article.
The middle of the top was occupied by the League of Legends. The American regional championship (LCS) has gathered 387 thousand peak viewers, and was followed by the titular European tournament (LEC) with its 310 thousand peak viewers. It should be noted that the last year LoL European Championship has shown the best start of a season there was for this particular discipline. However, this time such a feat was not repeated, and so the first week of the North American event was the more popular one. However, in February the tournament has actually managed to repeat the last year's breakthrough by reaching the mark of 410 thousand viewers.
Closing the top was Awesome Games Done Quick, a speedrunning marathon which has gathered 263 thousand peak viewers. The year's first event has also managed to set a number of records for its own series, which we have already talked about in the results of AGDQ 2020.
When it comes to the English-speaking part of the esports industry, the first spot goes to the spring split of the American regional league (LCS) with its 385 thousand peak viewers. Its counterpart in the face of the LEC European league has maintained the same position but with 212 thousand peak viewers.
The English-speaking players have also shown their characteristic preference for Fortnite, with the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl occupying the middle spot of the ranking with its 226 thousand viewers. The prize pool of this competition was quite impressive. However, instead of getting the money, the winners will get the chance to choose which charitable organization will the organizer send these funds to. Quite a noble goal indeed.
Everything seems unchanged for the Russian-speaking gamers, as their top is once again occupied by Valve's games. Here, The Leipzig Major takes the first spot, as its Russian broadcast has gathered 208 thousand peak viewers. Such a mark was reached thanks to the participation of the region's favorites, Natus Vincere.
The Ukrainian major has also managed to stand out: WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 became the most popular event out of all minors. The organizers of this competition have achieved the mark of 91 thousand peak viewers for the Russian-language stream. We have covered this event in detail in the following article.
There are two more notable events: the BLAST Premier Spring and China Dota 2 Professional League. Both of these have attracted the viewer interests by featuring the foreign teams, with the peak viewers marks being earned during the performance of either European or Chinese teams. Usually the Russian-speaking fans prefer only their own local teams, which is why there's a constant lack of participants from the CIS when it comes to the regional qualifiers above the large world championships.
When it comes to Twitch, /gamesdonequick became the January's most popular channel due to broadcasting the event of the same name. The English-language /lcs channel featuring the LCS Spring Split streams came next. Following it were the two official channels of the DreamLeague Season 13: the Russian-language broadcast followed by an English-language one. Closing the top 5 was the stream of the LEC Spring Split.