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The most popular tournaments of December

Posted Jan 05, 2018

December appeared to be one of the most shocking months of the 2017, it demonstrated next year's trends. Let's watch the detailed statistics of the past month.

A Major offline event All-Star Los Angeles 2017, which brought together teams from the strongest regions, became the most popular broadcast of December. Players from China and Taiwan, LPL vs LMS, faced each other in the finals of the championship. Of course, it was the most popular match of the whole tournament. Another League of Legends event placed the third place — 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup, Korean tournament. Fans of the player’s high-level individual skill like to observe Korean teams and players. A mobile game King of Glory took the second place in the top. Mobile esports becomes a huge trend nowadays. King Pro League Fall Season gathered a record number of viewers for this discipline — almost 20,000,000 people at the peak.

Usually mobile esports have good results only in China, but last month demonstrated that Western countries are also ready for new virtual sport disciplines. Crown Championship World Finals is based on mobile game Clash Royale and it took the second place in the December top. Large prize pool ($400.000) and successful PR operations created a hype around this tournament. If the developers of Clash Royale do not lose their grip, their game will have a successful future in the esports. All other tournaments were quite expected to be included in the list of the most popular broadcasts. 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup could also show good results, but this tournament was broadcast exclusively in chinese and korean languages. without english.

Previously, the Clash Royale events gathered a lot of fans because of the big fan community from Latin America, but Crown Championship World Finals was able to attract the attention of viewers from North America and Europe. Capcom Cup unexpectedly reached the top 5 most popular broadcasts in December. There are many fans of esports and fighting in the US, and Street Fighter is an eternal classic for them.

Dota 2 fans are the most numerous in CIS region so this game always dominates in the list of the most popular tournaments. When there are not enough Dota 2 tournaments other games appear in the list. So it happened in December. Dreamhack Winter attracted the attention of esports fans because Na’Vi and Gambit faced in the group stage. ESL Pro League Season 6: Finals demonstrated a confrontation between world’s grandees — FaZe and SK.

The most famous online broadcasts platform continues to collect hundreds of thousands of  video games and esports fans. There are no unexpected nominees in the list of the most popular broadcasts, except that the previously mentioned Street Fighters V tournament — Capcom Cup.

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