The analytical portal Esports Charts has published the final statistics of views of ESL One Germany 2020. The grand final of the tournament, in which Sweden, Team Liquid and Ukraine, Natus Vincere fought, gathered the most spectators – more than 270 thousand. At the same time, the peak indicator of the Russian-language broadcast by almost 70 thousand people exceeded the maximum number of viewership of the official English-language stream.
This sets up precedence for the question, what is happening to Dota 2 tournament viewership?
It is no surprise that tournament viewership is taking a toll as the player outflow of Dota 2 is at its worst. We covered a post a few back that showed how Dota 2 players were decreasing for a fifth month straight. This coupled with the streaming right changes might be the reason for this decrease in tournament viewership for Dota 2.
You might say that the online tournament doesn’t attract the viewer base as much as an offline one does. But statistics do not support that argument.
Dota 2 Tournament viewership statistics this year
January, Dreamleague Season 13, Offline Tournament- This was the first DPC major that had a peak viewership of 475,236 for the Grand Finals. After this, the coronavirus disrupted the industry’s plans.
To keep the list in one set, we take in tournaments for Europe & CIS region.
Second we take April, Esl One Los Angeles, First Online Tournament- A great show for the first online tournament with a peak viewership of 508,082.
We have a decline from here with only one exception in Omega League in August with 412,391 peak viewership but it is also because the production value was much higher and it was drawn out over a month, almost like a replacement of International 10.
May-June, Esl One Birmingham, Peak viewership at only 228,746.
September, OGA Dota Pit S3, Peak viewership at 176,609.
This does not strictly adhere to the steady decline problem but as fans of the game, we have to agree there is a problem. Is it Valve reluctance to actually help lift up organizers or just increasing apathy for the game, we can’t know. But this needs to be addressed.
Team Liquid received $ 150,000 for the victory. The silver medalist of the event got $ 80 thousand. Mudgolems won 45 thousand dollars in prize money for the third place.
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