April continued the trend that started at the very beginning of spring: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, League of Legends and PUBG Mobile events are the ones that gather the most attention. But which championship has become the most popular? More about this in the new material by Esports Charts.
In April, mobile esports fans from Southeast Asia continued to follow regional leagues in Mobile Legends. In March the MPL ID Season 7 lost to Free Fire by peak viewers, but now it has taken the first place. The derby between EVOS Legends and Rex Regum Qeon was simultaneously watched by more than 1.47M people. Note that the finals of the championship gathered even more viewers, but it fell on May 2, so it was not included in the report.
While the Indonesian League held the decisive matches, the seventh MPL season also kicked off in the Philippines, where local teams will play until early June. At the moment, the championship record by peak viewers belongs to the match between Execration and NEXPLAY SOLID with 647K people, it’s the fourth place in the ranking of April tournaments.
April also saw the playoffs of the spring plits in the top League of Legends leagues. LEC and LCK retained the leadership in viewership. A real sensation was in Europe: for the first time in two years, G2 Esports did not reach the final and the peak viewers number fell on the decisive match between Rogue and MAD Lions (831K people). In Korea, the final of the split attracted fewer viewers than the game between T1 and Gen.G in the semifinals (674K people). The T1 brand, despite the club's failures in recent years, is still very popular in the region: it was the matches of this team that entered the top 3 games of the tournament, while the final between DWG KIA and Gen.G was only in fourth place.
English-speaking viewers do not change their preferences: they still predominantly prefer Western League of Legends leagues. The European final of the spring split took first place (547K spectators), and the second went to the North American League, where Cloud9 won for the second time in two years: Team Liquid was defeated by Perkz and his fellow teammates, and the game was simultaneously watched by 415K spectators.
Notably, English-speaking League of Legends fans also closely followed the Chinese LPL in April, which rarely appears in our monthly reports. The grand final of the spring split between Royal Never Give Up and FunPlus Phoenix drew over 240K viewers at peak.
In April, English-speaking Dota 2 fans also became active. The final of the first Major in 2021 between Evil Geniuses and Invictus Gaming was watched by 303K concurrent viewers at the official broadcast. Note that this is the first Dota tournament since the beginning of the year to be in the top 5 by the end of the month (among the English-speaking audience).
For the second month in a row, the Call of Duty: Warzone championship is in the top 5 tournaments among the English-speaking viewers. At the end of April, Twitch Rivals event took place in North America, where top local esports players and streamers competed, and the broadcast of the event gathered more than 187K people at peak.
It seems that Dota 2 and CS:GO will never bore Russian-speaking esports fans: in April, viewers from the CIS region once again closely followed these two disciplines .
The most popular championship turned out to be the Dota 2 Major, the final of which was watched by over 177K spectators on the Russian-language broadcast. The second regional Dota leagues of 2021 in the CIS and Europe also got into the top 5: the peak of ESL One CIS Online Season 2 fell on the match between Natus Vincere and AS Monaco Gambit (92K viewers at the peak), and so far the most popular game of DreamLeague Season 15 is the match of Nigma against Team Liquid (89K viewers).
In CS:GO, the greatest excitement among the Russian-speaking fans is usually caused by the games of Natus Vincere. However, the s1mple’s team did not perform well in April, so the majority of Russian-speaking fans gathered during the final of ESL Pro League Season 13, where Gambit Esports lost to Heroic in a tense match (118K viewers at peak). But Natus Vincere still made it to the top 5: their derby against Virtus.pro at DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 was simultaneously watched by more than 95K people.
On Twitch, the most popular esports channels in April were the ones that hosted the official streams of the LEC and LCS leagues. It is noteworthy that the third place went to the Brazilian league CBLOL: paiN Gaming and Vorax met in the final of its spring split, and almost 196K people were concurrently watching the match.
The five most popular tournaments of the platform in April also included Dota Major and ESL Pro League Season 13 in CS:GO. Both tournaments showed almost the same results, the difference between them was just over 2.5K spectators (177.2K vs 175.7K people).
In May, the viewership statistics of esports tournaments will be much more impressive. Firstly, the final of the Indonesian MPL league took place in the last month of spring, and Iceland is now hosting Mid-Season Invitational in League of Legends, which is already showing results comparable to Worlds.