July was a massive month for esports with the Overwatch League Finals, ELEAGUE Premiere and Call of Duty Stage 2; however one game beat them all in viewership count.
According to data shared by CS:GO organization owner Andreas Thorstensson, the PUBG Invitational had more peak viewers than Overwatch and ELEAGUE combined.
Thorstensson shared the numbers that were reported by Esports Charts, a website dedicated to esports and streaming trends. According to Esports Charts, The PUBG Invitational peaked at a staggering 39 million viewers, while Overwatch was at 1.2 million and ELEAGUE Premier clocked in at a little over 750,000.
Viewership numbers are not an exact science, so the data cannot be verified. Esports journalist Thorin is skeptical of the reported numbers.
38.7 million of the 39.2 million viewers of the PUBG Invitational were from Chinese streams. OMG, a Chinese organization, won the First Person half of the PUBG tournament.
Overwatch and ELEAGUE had a good amount of viewers from the Chinese streams as well, though the differences were not as drastic.
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The Twitch numbers were closer but it was still PUBG leading the pack.
PUBG’s Twitch viewership peaked at at almost 600,000; Overwatch was around 340,000 and about 220,000 were watching ELEAGUE Premiere.
ELEAGUE Premiere did lead in Russia, with 60,000 peak viewers. PUBG had around 37,000 viewers from Russian streams.
Russian numbers for the Overwatch League were not available.
The length of each competition may also be a factor in viewership numbers, with each competition taking place over a varying amount of days.
The PUBG Invitational was a four day event and had a day featuring popular streamers Ninja and Dr DisRespect playing for charity. The ELEAGUE was a multi-day tournament, though the Grand Finals took place on one day.
The Overwatch League Playoffs featured five matches over the course of two weeks and the Grand Final was a two day event.