VALORANT Champions 2021: 1 million+ viewers logged in to see the crowning of the first world champion team. VALORANT just completed its first-ever world stage tournament and it was a relatively dark horse team that won the world champions title. Acend beat Gambit Esports to win the best of 5 match series by 3-2. From incredible comebacks, insane gameplays, dominant performances, and unforeseen upsets, the viewers were able to witness entertaining matches throughout the tournament.
VALORANT Champions 2021: Viewership Results-
Even with the COVID challenges that every esports event faced this year, VALORANT Champions 2021 was still able to attract quite a large audience for its matches. Even though there was no live audience, a lot of viewers watched the event online across various official platforms.
According to Esports Charts, the Semi-Finals and the Grand Finals match series crossed the 1 million peak viewership records across all platforms. This does not include the data from Chinese streaming platforms. The Grand Finals between Gambit Esports and Acend attracted 1.089 million peak viewers. It overtakes the previous peak viewer record of 1.085 million during the match between Sentinels and Fnatic in the Masters Series. Even the Semi-Finals between Gambit Esports and KRU Esports were watched by 1.060 million peak viewers.
The average viewership audience of the VALORANT Champions 2021 was 469 thousand. Moreover, the stream hours watched by the audience was 46 million in total. It is 37% more than the VALORAN Champions Tour 2021: Masters Berlin.
VALORANT Champions 2021: Most Popular Teams
According to the Esports Charts, Gambit Esports was the most popular team in the tournament. 647 thousand average viewers tuned in to see their games throughout the tournament. It was followed by Sentinels, who attracted 611 thousand average viewers, even though they got knocked out in the Group Stage.
The third most popular team was the dark horse of the tournament, KRU Esports with 563 thousand average viewership. They were watched both by their native Spanish-speaking fans and English audiences, thanks to their brilliant performance against Sentinels and Fnatic that knocked both these teams out. Acend and Furia Esports get the fourth and fifth spot respectively by raking in average viewership counts of 554 thousand and 533 thousand respectively.
VALORANT Champions: Conclusion
Studying the data released by Esports Charts, most viewers of the VALORANT Champions 2021 watched it on Twitch (86%), followed by YouTube (12.8%), and others like Facebook, Trovo, VK Live, and Afreeca TV (combined total of less than 1%). From the total hours of the event watched, English broadcasts took 50%, Japanese language ones took 13.9%, followed by Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish.
As the largest event for VALORANT, the Champions 2021 can be considered highly successful as it was able to attract the highest number of viewership to date. Moreover, as it is only the first iteration for the esports scene of VALORANT, the game, and its viewers will only grow from here.