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2020 viewership stats prove League of Legends is the dominant esport

Published: 12/Jan/2021 15:35 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 2:00

by Jacob Hale

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New esports viewership stats for 2020 show which events were the most watched last year — and proves once and for all that League of Legends remains number one in the competitive gaming world.

Esports fans across the world will argue about why their game is the best, with some fans perhaps having more stake to the claim than others.

Often, when we talk about the top-tier esports, we mean the likes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and, of course, League of Legends.

Now, this new report that looks at the growth of esports and streaming throughout 2020 has helped one set of fans support their debate even further, as League of Legends dominates the top charts.

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Worlds 2020 was by far the most viewed esports event of 2020.

While the year saw a number of high profile events canceled or postponed due to the ongoing global health situation, such as CSGO Majors and Dota 2’s The International, League clearly thrived.

This Stream Hatchet report takes an in-depth look at everything going on in the world of esports and online entertainment, crunching the numbers and putting together a list of the top five most viewed esports events of 2020.

While we all know how popular LoL is, you probably weren’t expecting them to completely wipe the floor with every other major esport out there, taking all five of the top spots between its World Championship and regional leagues.

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League of Legends dominated the esports scene in 2020.

Obviously, Worlds was the biggest attraction, with 1.41 million hours watched, blowing every single other event out of the water. This was then followed by the LCK Summer and Spring seasons, LEC Summer and finally, rounding it out in fifth, the LCS Summer split.

It is also noted in the report that mobile games showed huge growth in 2020, with mobile esports viewership growing exponentially and it is even suggested that they may push for a top five spot in 2021.

Needless to say, League of Legends esports was once again the dominant force in 2020, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this trend continue in 2021 and beyond.

CS:GO

Can BlameF stop Complexity’s CSGO crash? BLAST Global Finals preview with Richard Lewis & SPUNJ

Published: 19/Jan/2021 11:46 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 11:47

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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2021’s run for the best players and teams within the CSGO space has already begun. With some fierce competition, is Benjamin “blameF” Bremer able to swoop in and stop Complexity gaming from falling?

With BLAST Premier’s Global Finals just around the corner, Richard Lewis​ & Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill discuss the top talking points going into one of CS:GO’s biggest events. The pair delve into the nightmare scenario Complexity find themselves in with Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen standing in for the injured Valentin ‘poizon’ Vasilev.

The two sit down and debate whether Team Vitality will make quick work of Complexity, or if BlameF’s struggling side will shock Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut and co, also touching on Team Liquid’s new signing and Na’Vi’s form going into the event.

BLAST’s event is huge for the CSGO scene, and Complexity’s current struggles are sure to become apparent during the event. With a phenomenal roster of teams that are playing for the win in 2021’s first major event, AWPer poizon recently underwent emergency surgery on December 18th, 2020. Unable to compete, how will the team fare without the vital piece of the team’s puzzle?

In comparison, Vitality had a great end to the year, even monetarily holding the top 1 spot before Astralis was able to get ahead in the last week of 2020’s competitive season. Winning IEM Beijing, the team is in an incredibly sweet spot that will no doubt provide some fantastic plays.

Our preview also goes in to cover in further detail Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo joining Liquid, NAVI possibly starting BLAST with Bruno ‘bit’ Lima, and G2 as an upcoming dark horse to watch out for.


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