Esports have come a long way since their inception, and their viewership is only getting bigger with each passing year. In January 2023, Esports Charts released their monthly viewership report, providing insight into the viewership breakdown of various Esports titles. The report revealed some interesting statistics that shed light on the popularity of different games and their respective tournaments. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key findings from the report.
Firstly, the report highlighted that League of Legends (LoL) continues to be the most-watched Esports title with a total of 246.4 million hours watched in January 2023. This is a staggering figure, and it’s not surprising given that LoL has a massive following and a highly competitive scene. The most watched tournament for LoL in January was the LPL Spring Split 2023, which saw a total of 29.2 million hours watched. The second most watched tournament for LoL was the LCK Spring Split 2023, with 26.7 million hours watched.
Another game that performed well in January was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), which saw a total of 106.5 million hours watched. This is a significant increase compared to December 2022, where CS:GO had a total of 92.5 million hours watched. The most watched tournament for CS:GO in January was the BLAST Premier Global Final 2023, which saw a total of 16.8 million hours watched. The second most watched tournament for CS:GO was the IEM Katowice 2023, with 16.5 million hours watched.
In third place was Dota 2, with a total of 90.9 million hours watched in January 2023. The most watched tournament for Dota 2 was the Dota Pro Circuit 2023, which saw a total of 12.3 million hours watched. The second most watched tournament for Dota 2 was the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2023, with 11.6 million hours watched. It’s worth noting that Dota 2 saw a slight decrease in viewership compared to December 2022, where it had a total of 94.1 million hours watched.
Moving on to individual streamers, the report revealed that Saif “MeechyTV” AlQahtani was the most watched Esports streamer in January 2023, with a total of 4.4 million hours watched. MeechyTV is a professional FIFA player from Saudi Arabia who streams his matches on Twitch. In second place was Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, a CS:GO player from Ukraine, with a total of 4.2 million hours watched. In third place was Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, a professional LoL player from South Korea, with a total of 3.8 million hours watched.
The report also provided some insight into the geographical distribution of Esports viewership. The Asia-Pacific region saw the highest viewership in January 2023, with a total of 390.7 million hours watched. Europe came in second place with 249.2 million hours watched, followed by North America with 184.8 million hours watched. It’s worth noting that the Asia-Pacific region saw a significant increase in viewership compared to December 2022, where it had a total of 357.8 million hours watched.
Finally, the report highlighted the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Esports viewership. With many countries still facing restrictions on large gatherings and travel, Esports has become an attractive alternative for fans who are looking for entertainment. The report revealed that the total hours watched for Esports in January 2023 was 1.2 billion, which is a significant increase compared to December 2022, where it had a total of 1.1 billion hours watched. This demonstrates the continued growth and resilience of Esports as a form of entertainment during these challenging times.
In conclusion, the Esports Charts viewership report for January 2023 provides valuable insight into the popularity of different Esports titles and tournaments, as well as the geographical distribution of viewership. It’s clear that games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Dota 2 continue to dominate the Esports scene, with individual streamers also making an impact. Additionally, the report highlights the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Esports viewership, which has seen a significant increase in recent months. It will be interesting to see how Esports continues to evolve and grow in the coming years, as more fans around the world discover the excitement and entertainment that it has to offer.