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Given that eSports has seen a substantial rise in popularity over the last few years, it’s easy to see the staggering viewership statistics that come along with major events from the competitive gaming scene. But how do these figures compare to more mainstream events such as the Super Bowl?
To put it all in perspective, a study by casino.ca investigated the impact that Twitch streamers made on viewership compared to the likes of Super Bowl LII. In fact, the Super Bowl did top the list at 103.4 million viewers, though the League of Legends 2017 World Championship wasn’t far behind with 80 million viewers. What’s more, the study didn’t include the results of the 2018 World Championship, which was believed to be estimated at around 99 million viewers.
In terms of sporting events, the NFL’s 2018 NFC Conference Championship was in second place with 44.1 million viewers. This figure was surpassed by four eSports events, including the League of Legends 2017 World Championship, League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2018, the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017 and the PUBG Global Invitational 2018.
There is also reference to Twitch channels such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who has accumulated a collective watch time of 24,263 years in the last year alone, whilst second place Riot Games conjured up 11,446 years across 1,853 hours in 2018.
Could 2019 be the year in which eSports surpasses the Super Bowl?