May was quite memorable and significant in terms of esports. Mobile games managed to leave the classic disciplines in the dust and appeared in every top of the popular tournaments of the past month. Here's what caused mobile esports to dominate to this degree.
The most popular tournaments in May 2021
Mobile games are once again breaking stereotypes about being not in demand. Four of the five most popular tournaments in May in terms of peak viewers belong to mobile disciplines.
The absolute record was set by Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore — 5.4M peak viewers. The event became the most popular in the history of esports, overtaking the previous record holder – LoL Worlds 2019. You can find out more about the result of this competition in our article.
Mid-Season Invitational 2021 came second. The event reappeared on the League of Legends esports scene after a year-long hiatus caused by the pandemic. The tournament showed the best statistical result across the entire series. More information can be found in our report.
The third spot went to the seventh season of the Indonesian league for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Compared to last season, the hours watched grew by 87.7%, and once again MPL ID S7 set a record in the series. We also covered the tournament’s achievements in the report which you can read here.
Fourth place went to the Philippine professional league in ML:BB, which attracted 1.4M peak viewers, most of whom watched the competition on Facebook. The tournament also updated its personal records in terms of statistics.
The final of PMPL Season 3 in Southeast Asia was in the fifth spot with 1.1M peak viewers. Compared to last year, its performance has improved by several times. Waiting ahead are three final PMPL events for Southeast Asia, America, and Europe, after which it will be possible to determine the best regions.
VCT Masters almost got into the top 5, falling short only by 32K viewers – and therefore taking the sixth place in the ranking.
The most popular tournaments among English-speaking viewers in May
When taking a look at the preferences of English-speaking viewers, the dominance of mobile games is not as strong in this case. The most popular event was the final of the second stage of the Valorant Champions Tour 2021 with 692K peak English-speaking viewers. Out of the VCT series, the North American Challengers Stage Finals, which were watched by 228K peak viewers, also made the top.
English-speaking fans also preferred DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 over CS:GO. 219K viewers gathered at the match of (oddly enough) NAVI versus Gambit. The last spot in the English-language ranking was taken by a mobile discipline.
This time it is Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore, the broadcast of which attracted 210K English-speaking viewers. The reason is that viewers from India are following not only the streams in Hindi but also the English-language ones. Still, this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the fact that the competition was watched by a total of 5.4M peak viewers!Read: Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore — 5.4M peak viewers and new world record.
The most popular tournaments among Russian-speaking viewers in May
The CIS region showed almost no differences. The unchanging leaders are once again CS:GO and Dota 2. The majority of people watched DreamHack Masters Spring 2021, but EPIC CIS League Spring 2021 received extra attention from the media due to the scandal where the Akuma roster was accused of foul. It should be noted that matches with the participation of NAVI became the most popular in both tournaments.
The mobile gaming was of course represented here as well, with 66K Russian-speaking viewers having gathered at the matches of the Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore. Such an unexpected interest of viewers was shown because of the CIS-based team Silence, which took the third spot (out of 22 teams total).
The most popular esports streamers in May
When it comes to streamers, Shroud took the first spot, being the official partner of the VCT series and broadcasting it on his channel. At the end of the month, he gathered 340K peak viewers at the VCT Masters final.
The League of Legends channels have attracted a significant number of viewers thanks to the Mid-Season Invitational 2021. The channel of the Korean LCK league attracted even more viewers than the official Riot Games channel. There are several reasons for this: the sheer amount of love Koreans show for LoL and the participation of their compatriots, DWG KIA.
The Maincast studio’s Russian-language channel on CS:GO took the last spot thanks to DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 – attracting only 234K peak viewers.
Other results of May:
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