Esports Charts has compiled statistics of the most viewed cybersports events for the year. There are no Dota 2 tournaments in the top ten.
The top 10 includes League of Legends, Mobile Legends and CS:GO tournaments. The first place was taken by the LoL tournament, Worlds 2023. At its peak, the event was watched by 6 million 402 thousand people, a new record for the number of viewers watching a cybersports tournament.
The International 2023 was watched by 1 million 442 thousand people at the peak, the lowest result in the last few years. The value was reached during the Team Spirit - Gaimin Gladiators grand finals match. To get to the 10th place on the list, 25 thousand viewers were not enough.
For example, The International 2022 was watched by 1 million 751 thousand viewers at the same time, and The International 2021 was watched by 2 million 741 thousand people. One of the reasons for the decline in popularity of the main tournament of the year is called a small prize pool. This year the prize pool amounted to 3 million 380 thousand dollars, and last year, the prize pool of the tournament reached 18 million 930 thousand dollars, the prize was traditionally collected from the sales of the Compendium. Players actively criticized Compendium 2023 for the abandonment of the battle pass system and the complete absence of cosmetic items as rewards for pumping Compendium, for which many bought Battle Pass.
Another reason cited was the unfortunate scheduling of matches, both for teams and viewers. The break between matches for the team could last up to 5 days. It was terribly inconvenient for both the spectators, cheering for a certain team, and for the players, who lost form and "fuse" from such a prolonged rest. For example, here is what Team Liquid captain Aiden iNSaNiA Sarkoi said about the breaks:
For now, I prefer the old system. I like to pick up the pace when you play day after day, non-stop. We've lost a lot of momentum, it's taking it out of our stride.
It's still unknown what format The International 2024 will take place in. The community hopes that if Valve is going to keep the current system, it will work on the mistakes and organize a real "holiday" Dota 2.
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