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G2 vs SKT at LoL Worlds beats Fortnite WC as most-viewed esports match

Published: 3/Nov/2019 19:59 Updated: 3/Nov/2019 20:28

by Scott Robertson

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An absolutely classic series between European favorites G2 Esports and Korean juggernauts SK Telecom T1 was one for the ages, as the semifinal series at League of Legends Worlds 2019 crushed the Fortnite World Cup in match viewership records.

It wouldn’t be Worlds if some world records weren’t broken. At the semifinals for Worlds 2019 in Madrid, Spain, the hometown European squad from G2 took on the LoL god himself ‘Faker’ and the SK Telecom T1 roster.

According to the numbers from Esports Charts, this match between the two teams has shattered the record for the highest peak concurrent viewers in any esports match not including China, coming up just short of 4 million concurrent viewers across the YouTube and Twitch platforms.

Esports ChartsEsports Charts’ data showing peak viewership and hours watched metrics

Despite coming up just short of the 4 million mark, the G2 Esports vs SKT semifinal absolutely crushed the previous record set by the Fortnite World Cup this past summer, when the final rounds of the Solo competition hit a peak of around 2.3 million viewers. Sentinels’ player Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf ended up winning the solo World Cup.

The 2019 iteration of the League of Legends World Championships has set another record as well, with the most hours watched across an entire esports tournament. With still the grand finals still yet to be played, the event is sitting on a whopping 125 million hours watched, with the second closest being this year’s Dota 2 International, with over 88 million hours watched.

For additional context, the two CSGO majors for 2019 hit 53 million hours watched and 45 million hours watched. The pre-mentioned Fortnite World Cup Finals hit 22 million hours watched.

This year’s LoL Worlds event actually already had a match break the peak viewer record, when SK Telecom T1 faced Splyce in the quarterfinals, their peak went over 2.5 million viewers. Other matches in the playoffs like G2 vs DAMWON and Invictus vs FunPlus Phoenix eclipsed two million viewers as well.

Esports ChartsMost viewed matches at this year’s LoL Worlds

But G2 Esports and SK Telecom T1 absolutely trounced all the other matches from this year’s Worlds with its viewership performance.

Not very surprising though if you consider the formula. Two incredibly talented and popular teams from two huge markets. The semifinals of what is now the most-viewed single esports event ever in terms of total hours watched. 

And with its European location and start time, it was at a time that was reasonably watchable for all of the game’s major markets, especially the two with teams representing them.

G2 ended up winning the series itself, to the delight of the European crowd. They will now face FunPlus Phoenix in the grand finals on November 10, in Paris, France.

Valorant

How to watch Valorant First Strike NA Global Finals: Stream & schedule

Published: 30/Nov/2020 13:39 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 15:50

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant First Strike Global Finals are here and the very best of North America are ready to go toe-to-toe in Future Earth. Eight strong teams have entered, but only one can be the champion. Here’s everything you need to know.

Weeks of competition has led to this. Across the world, the best Valorant teams have been duking it out for the chance to be crowned their regional champion. In no region, however, is the competition more fierce than in North America.

Heading into 2021 with the the Valorant Champions Tour looming on the horizon, a win in First Strike will mean a lot to teams as they start preparing for the first ever World Championship.

If you want to catch the best NA Valorant has to offer, we’ve got you covered right here.

Valorant First Strike NA: Stream

Just like the accompanying European leg of the event, the First Strike NA regional finals will be broadcasted live on the official Valorant Twitch channel.

The action will get underway on December 3, however, as of writing, start times for the broadcast and matches are yet to be confirmed. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience, so you can check back in once those times are sorted out.

Valorant First Strike NA: Teams & players

From hundreds of teams, only eight made it to North America’s First Strike Regional Finals. Fan-favorites like Sentinels, TSM, and T1 are mixing in with rising stars like Renegades and Immortals.

While Sentinels are the favored team heading into the event, given how close the teams are, it really could be anyone’s title.

Team Players
Team Envy food, crashies, FNS, mummAy, kaboose
100 Thieves Hiko, nitr0, steel, Asuna, dicey
Sentinels ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, dapr
Renegades retrQ, CP2, Winsum, randyySavage, Berghy
TSM reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone
FaZe Clan corey, ZachaREEE, Marved, babybay, Rawkus
T1 brax, AZK, Skadoodle, DaZeD, Spyder
Immortals Genghsta, jcStani, Jmoh, neptune, ShoT_UP

Valorant First Strike NA: Schedule & results

Thursday, December 3

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Quarterfinals Envy vs Immortals TBD TBD TBD TBD
Renegades vs TSM TBD TBD TBD TBD

Friday, December 4

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Quarterfinals 100 Thieves vs T1 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Sentinels vs FaZe TBD TBD TBD TBD

Saturday, December 5

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Semifinals TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Sunday, December 6

Round Game PST EST GMT CET
Grand Final TBD vs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Valorant First Strike NA: Final Placements

This post will be updated once the action gets underway, so be sure to check back to see the results!