The second and decisive season of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 took place from April to May. Unlike in previous years, not Majors but regional competitions are the most important events in the competitive system aof Dota 2: and the audience's interest varies greatly from region to region. Esports Charts breaks down the results of DPC Season 2, which turned out to be much more popular than the first one.
Audience of competitive Dota 2 keeps on growing
It's no secret that the popularity of Dota 2 is largely tied to The International, which is often followed even by those who don't play the game themselves. Due to the cancellation of the tournament in 2020, the discipline dropped significantly in viewership statistics, and, as a result, had a hard start in the new year: although the stats of the first DPC 2021 season increased (compared to the former regional qualifiers), it still was not very impressive.
However, everything changed at the first Major of the year: One Esports Singapore Major 2021. Fans of competitive Dota were clearly hungry for international competitions, thus the Singapore tournament turned out to be one of the most popular major tournaments in history by both average and peak number of viewers. And the high viewer interest in Dota 2 esports continued in the second season of DPC 2021.
Viewership statistics of DPC Season 2 lower divisions
Compared to the first DPC season of 2021, there were slightly more spectators following the second divisions of the regional leagues: especially the matches in Europe. The average audience of the second division of Europe has grown from 25K to 46.5K people, and the peak number of viewers watched the game ViKin.gg vs. Into the Breach: over 102.3K spectators is a new record among the second divisions.
The lower division in the CIS, where Danil Dendi Ishutin's team B8 Esports competes, has also grown by peak viewers. B8’s match against Team Empire was simultaneously watched by 74K people, which is 3.2 thousand more than the result of the first season, when the most popular match was between B8 and HellRaisers. However, despite the interest in some teams, the average audience of CIS second division decreased from 28.9K to 21.3K people compared to the first season.
South America showed significant progress in viewership statistics. In the first season, the lower division of this region was the least popular, but now it has bypassed North America in terms of average audience, and it took the third place by peak viewers: the Incubus против EgoBoys match was simultaneously watched by 38.3K people.
The second divisions of the DPC are usually watched by the most hardcore Dota fans, many of whom are Russian-speaking viewers. It were Ru-broadcasts that turned out to be the most popular for the CIS, Southeast Asia and Chinese tournaments (note that we exclude the statistics of Chinese streaming platforms). The matches in Europe, North and South America were most actively watched on the English-language broadcasts.
Upper divisions results
The top divisions have also grown in viewership statistics: everyone except North America, where Dota continues to lose its audience at a rapid pace. In the second season, the region showed the worst results even losing to South America.
Viewership statistics of DPC Season 2 upper divisions
Europe was once again the most popular region by a wide margin. Its average audience was more than 143.8K people: this is almost 40K more than in the first season. In terms of the peak number of viewers, Europe grew almost one and a half times: the most popular match was OG vs. Nigma, which was simultaneously watched by more than 353K viewers: this is a new record among all regional leagues.
The second place was kept by the CIS, but its viewership growth rate is not as impressive as that of Europe. On average, the broadcasts of matches in the Russian-speaking region attracted 67.5K people, and the most popular game was Virtus.pro vs. Team Spirit, which were arguing for first place (and a slot in the playoffs of the Major). The match at the peak gathered 162.7K viewers. Southeast Asia became the third most popular region with an average audience of 48.9K people. Interestingly, the most popular match of the tournament was the confrontation between T1 and the not-so-famous OB Esports x Neon with 119.2K spectators at peak.
Viewership statistics of EU upper division
The games of two-time world champions traditionally attracted the greatest number of spectators in Europe. OG became the most popular team in the region with an average audience of 193K people; and in addition to their match with Nigma, games with Team Liquid, Team Secret and Alliance also entered the top 5.
However, the active support of OG fans did not help: the team did not qualify for the second Major of the season and became involved in a series of scandals. Now the European team will have to play in qualifiers for the slot at The International. However, OG is very experienced: let us remind you that the team went through the open qualifiers on their way to the first TI victory.
The only team in the region that can already relax a little is Team Secret. Although the team finished only fourth, they have already scored enough points to get a direct invite to TI.
Viewership comparison of CIS division
Virtus.pro continues to dominaite in CIS. Poor results on the first Major of the season did not affect the position of the team in their region: VP once again completed the regional tournament with seven wins in seven matches and thus guaranteed themselves a place at The International along with Secret, Invictus Gaming and Evil Geniuses.
The most popular team of the tournament was Natus Vincere, the average audience of their matches was 92.5K viewers. However, as in the case of OG, the big fanbase did not help: NAVI did not qualify for the Major and are now waiting for the qualification grid for TI. At the same time, the team was also involved in shady transfer case: right after the tournament the club announced the signing of Akbar SoNNeikO Butaev and Vladimir No[o]ne Minenko who were supposed play for Gambit at the Major: this greatly angered many representatives of the local Dota community.
Viewership statistics of SEA upper division
In Southeast Asia, the best team of the second season was T1, which performed quite poorly on the Dota stage until the current season. The team finished first, and in the most important tiebreakers for first place they defeated their direct competitor TNC.
TNC became the most popular team in Southeast Asia (with an average audience of 63.2K people), but T1 is not that far from it: the difference between the two teams was only 200 people. Interestingly, face-to-face confrontations between these squads did not become the most popular, taking second and fourth places in the top 5 in the region.
Fnatic performed extremely poor in the upper division in Southeast Asia. The team finished only fourth and lost their chances of a direct invite to The International.
The decisive tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 season is taking place in Kiev right now. The winner of WePlay AniMajor will be determined on June 13 and all owners of invites to The International will be known. Soon Esports Charts will share viewership statistics of the tournament. Subscribe to our socials to not miss a single announcement!