2021 was a great year for exports: with the temporary lightening of the weight of the global pandemic, even LAN tournaments were resumed, while the audience from home grew to an extent. But what are the most popular competitions in the world? The data will not surprise you, since it is League of Legends to triumph.
In the ranking drawn up by Esports Charts, listed for total hours of audience presence, we find first place the highest competition of Riot Games, the League of Legends Worlds 2021 won by the EDward Gaming. The most successful event in the year is over 174.8 million hours watched, but the most historic event on the Landa degli Evovori. Important influence had the return of T1 and Faker, unqualified to the Worlds 2020.
In second place follows the rival DOTA 2 with the The International 10, key tournament of the MOBA of the home Valve: again in this case there is a record historical for the video game, since in total 107,2 million hours of
In third place is the MPL Indonesia league of Mobile Legends, a sign of the success of competitive gaming on smartphones. The mobile MOBA has accumulated 76.9 million hours watched in 172 hours of actual transmission, current record in the sector.
In the rest of the ranking, the success of League Of Legends with the Korean championships LCK Spring 2021 and Summer 2021, respectively fifth and eighth; the Mid Season Invitational, instead, is in seventh place with
While eight out of ten tournaments belong to the MOBA genre, the remaining two are FPS races: in fourth place is the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 Counter Strike: Global Offensive with 71.2 million hours watched over 120 hours of In tenth place, Valorant is placed with the Valorant Champions 2021 and 46 million hours watched.
Looking at the chart for peak viewers, however, the Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore was the most visible competition in the world with a total of 5.4 million spectators at the same time, an absolute record for the entire export scene. Following the final of the 2021 League of Legends Worlds with just over 4 million spectators and, in third place, the first round of the finals of the global championship of PUBG Mobile, another battle royale that recorded a peak of