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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


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.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.