Day 1 of LoL Worlds 2020 smashes viewership record for Play-in stage - Dexerto
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Day 1 of LoL Worlds 2020 smashes viewership record for Play-in stage

Published: 25/Sep/2020 18:14

by Daniel Cleary

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The 2020 League of Legends World Championship is finally underway, and it is already setting new viewership records following a Day 1 clash between MAD Lions and Team Liquid in the Play-in stage.

With all of the teams now in Shanghai, Worlds 2020 finally kicked off on September 25 with 10 top teams from around the world fighting for the remaining spots in the main event’s group stage.

The first day of the Play-in stage has already delivered some massive upsets, with the Chinese 4th seed LGD Gaming falling at the hands of VCS underdogs PSG Talon, who are currently competing with substitute players amid visa issues.

Team liquid players on LCS stage
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Team Liquid vs MAD Lions was the most-watched game of Worlds 2020 Day 1.

While there were many exciting battles on Day 1, the most-anticipated game of the day was between the Group A favorites, MAD Lions and Team Liquid who faced off in the first EU vs NA matchup of Worlds 2020.

The matchup went in Team Liquid’s favor, off the back of Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra’s impressive performance on Twitch, but the two teams also managed to smash the Play-in stage’s previous viewership records, according to EsportsCharts.

Although the record had narrowly been beaten during the LGD vs PSG Talon match earlier in the day, Team Liquid’s win saw the viewership peak at 1.15 million concurrent viewers, smashing the 1.007m Play-in stage record that has been recorded in previous years.

The MAD vs TL match saw a peak of just over 550,000 unique viewers on both Twitch and YouTube, which were combined together to set these new viewership figures.

It is worth noting that, due to the lack of streaming data available from Chinese streaming sites, it is impossible to accurately track the viewership from the home region, so those figures have not been included in the record. Television viewership numbers are also excluded from the record.

As they are unable to track Chinese viewership and television figures, many estimate that the actual viewership record may actually have been a couple million more than what is recorded, showing promising signs for the interest in this year’s World Championship.

With plenty of Play-in matches still to go, including the final Knockout Stage to determine the last two slots, there is still an opportunity for this record to climb even higher, after an impressive Day 1.

You can keep up to date with all the latest action in the LoL World Championship, with a full schedule, results, teams, and more at our official Worlds 2020 hub.

CS:GO

How to watch BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Showdown: Stream, schedule, results

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:57

by Marco Rizzo

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BLAST Premier is back! Kicking off on the 24th of November, the Fall Showdown will be the last chance for teams to qualify for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event will host sixteen teams from around the world and will include invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-2 in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams will earn $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Blast Premier Fall Showdown Stream

You will be able to catch all games on the BLASTPremier Twitch channel. Only one game will be streamed at any time, meaning you’ll be able to catch all the action quite easily.

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown includes a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which will be traveling to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity find themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups.

Heroic took Evil Geniuses ‘spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus. pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event.

While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown bracket

The tournament will consist of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games include FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants return to international competition.

Viewers should also keep an eye out for the last match of the Round of 16, featuring young and exciting NiP taking on the Cloud9. The “juggernaut” will be seeking redemption after a disappointing finish at Flashpoint.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match schedule 

The tables below will be updated with results as soon as the matches get played.

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 COL vs Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit vs VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA vs Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz vs Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP vs Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe vs MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid vs MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 EG vs Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 TBD $25,000
1-2 TBD $25,000
3-4 TBD $15,000
3-4 TBD $15,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750