After eSports events had a somewhat sluggish year in 2020 with the emergence of COVID-19, the industry experienced a massive boom in 2021. These effects stand out in the impressive attendance figures for these events.
Not just one, but two different events set records for the most hours at a single event and the highest number of spectators this year. And while some of this can be attributed to a surge resulting from the inability to accommodate personal crowds, these are impressive milestones nonetheless.
Here are the most watched esports events of 2021.
2021 League of Legends World Championship
With a strong audience base in North America, Europe, China and Korea, it’s no wonder the 2021 League of Legends World Championship – better known as Worlds – sets another high standard for the game and the year. Its maximum viewership has passed the four million mark, with 4,018,728 viewers during the grand finale between Edward Gaming and DAMWON KIA. The event also reached an impressive average of just under 1.3 million viewers for over 174 million total hours.
Call of Duty: Mobile Masters China Season 2
The second season of the CoD: Mobile The Masters China competition absolutely exploded in the total number of viewers this year. According to esports charts, it broke the record for the total number of hours watched for an esports event with over 281 million total hours, over 100 million more than the second highest entry at the aforementioned World Championships in 2021. Runs exclusively on Huya, one of the largest Chinese livestream platforms, it also had an average of over 1.2 million viewers and a peak of over 1.98 million.
Free fire World Series 2021 in Singapore
As arguably the most popular mobile battle royale game in the world, it makes sense that Free fireThe first global event of its 2021 season would have a strong audience. The first round of the finals is impressive Free fire The World Series set a new attendance record for esports events with over 5.4 million people watching at the same time, mostly through the Booyah platform. In that first round, Phoenix Force would win their first of four rounds (out of a possible six) on the way to a dominant first place. During its nine-hour runtime, the event reached an average of over 2 million viewers.
The PGL Stockholm CS: GO Significant
After a two-year hiatus, the CS: GO Major returned triumphantly with PGL Stockholm, finishing near the top of all esports events of the year in virtually every category and setting new records in every category compared to the rest CS: GO Events. The maximum audience of around 2.75 million viewers doubled the number previously held by the ELEAGUE major in 2017, and PGL Stockholms over 71 million total hours completed what is now the second best FACEIT London major by over 10 million.