2023 saw a remarkable display of competitive gaming, with mobile gaming taking center stage and a proliferation of major esports tournaments.
New viewership records and unforgettable matches across various gaming disciplines marked the year, cementing esports as a huge entertainment phenomenon.
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Advantages of mobile games
At the forefront of this eSports transformation were: M5 World Mobile Legends Championship: Bang Bang. The grand finale, a heated battle between Onic eSports and Ap.Bren, attracted more than 5 million viewers at its peak, making it the most successful event in the field to date. Additionally, it had the second-highest viewership of the year after League of Legends 2023 World Championship. This incredible success not only signifies the growing dominance of mobile gaming in the esports space, but also establishes Mobile Legends as a flagship title.
Pubg Mobile is another giant in the mobile esports domain. Pubg Mobile Global Championship 2023. Round 16 of the event drew an impressive audience of over 980,000 peak viewers, a testament to the game's enduring popularity and his best performance of 2023. This achievement solidifies Pubg Mobile's position as the most important esports vertical, with the fifth highest viewership of all time.
Similarly, Arena of Valor International Championship 2023 also garnered 539,800 viewers during the match between Saigon Phantoms and Bacon Time, earning it the spot as the third most popular event. The tournament showcased the intense play and international appeal of Arena of Valor. In terms of annual viewership, it was slightly behind Arena of Valor Premier League 2023.
Additionally, in Berlin, the 2023 Red Bull League will bring together the best League of Legends teams, with South Korean team T1 taking center stage. His match with Nno Old was watched by 513,000 viewers, setting a new record for the event and ranking him fourth in his top December tournament. T1's victory here follows his fourth win at the World Championship and further cements their legacy in the League of Legends realm.
of Blast Premier World Final Counter-Strike's 2023 took fifth place. The final series between Team Vitality and FaZe Clan attracted 361,800 viewers and highlighted Counter-Strike's enduring appeal in the competitive gaming community.
Channels of influence: Twitch's role in esports
In the field of broadcasting, the most popular eSports channels on Twitch are EA Sports FC Channel, peak viewership during the FC Pro 24 Open tournament broadcast exceeded 278.5k. The channel's success can be attributed to its use of in-game rewards to increase viewership, a growing trend that attracts eSports viewers.
Spanish streamer Rubius took second place, drawing a peak audience of 249,000 viewers for his coverage of the Pokémon TwitchCup 3 tournament. His channel's victory highlights the influential role of individual streamers in shaping esports viewing trends.
In third place, Brazilian streamer Gaules captivated viewers with Elisa Masters Espoo 2023, which reached a peak of 175,700 viewers. His channel attracted this great audience in the final match, which saw Furia eSports win his Apeks 3:1.
Rounding out the top five are Spanish streamer TheGrefg and Brazilian streamer Baiano, who drew a lot of viewers with their broadcasts of Pokémon TwitchCup 3 and Cbolao Season 6, respectively. Their success is a testament to the diverse appeal of esports content and the importance of streamers in advancing various gaming areas.