The year 2020 has come to an end and the esports industry has taken a drastic turn in the last few years. Previously, we have witnessed a lot of live esports events where the matches were played in front of the audience. But due to Covid-19 pandemic, all the live events changed to online events or took place without a live audience.
But those viewers have shown the same faith in the online events throughout 2020, despite the extraneous circumstances. This year we have seen some amazing record-setting viewership numbers in the some of its biggest games. This year we have seen multiple games grew their audience in a year, titles like League of Legends, Free Fire, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Player Unknowns Battlegrounds Mobile and others. Here are some of the biggest esports events of 2020, these events have got the highest viewership according to the esports viewership statistics website Esports Charts.
LOL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020
This year’s League of Legends World Championship was one of the most amazing events in terms of viewership. Worlds 2020 was the highest viewership event of the year. Worlds had hit the 3,882,000 peak viewership in the Grand Finals match, this was the second most peak viewers match. The peak viewership record for any esports match was set by Worlds 2019, the match between SK Telecom T1 and G2 Esports. 2020 League of Legends World Championship had set the most-watched esports tournament of all time with over 139,000,000 hours watched from start to finish.
FREE FIRE CONTINENTAL SERIES: ASIA
In 2020, Mobile Gaming had risen to new heights, especially in its esports scenario. The viewership of mobile gaming had set new records as PUBG Mobile World League East had set the record of over 1 million live viewership in the mid of year which had broken on the day 1 of PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0. PMGC Season 0 got 1,900,000 live viewership on the first day of League, later this record got broke by Free Fire Continental Series Asia. FFCS Asia had set a new record of live viewership at a mobile esports event where they had received over 2,5000,000 peak viewers during the grand finals of the event. Free Fire is a mobile battle royale game which is a survival-based shooting game.
IEM KATOWICE 2020
In 2020, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice was one of the first events which denied live audience due to the pandemic situation of Covid-19. IEM Katowice 2020 was one of the best live events in 2020 with nearly got 18,000,000 total watched hours. The tournament’s grand finals which were played between Natus Vincere and G2 Esports had gotten around 1,000,000 live viewers in the stream with 280,000 average viewership at the finals.