Valve’s fourth Dota 2 International tournament was a success it seems as viewer statistics have finally been released showing that more than 20 million people tuned in to watch the championships. The tournament’s finale was shown on ESPN 2 as well as being shown on Twitch TV.
According to Valve, peak concurrent viewers reached “well over 2 million”, which is just over double last year’s peak. This year Valve had multiple language streams, a newcomers stream and a DVR option for people to catch up on missed matches.
This year’s Dota 2 viewer numbers were impressive although they lagged a little behind the most recent League of Legends season finals. League of Legends managed to pull in 32 million viewers last year with a peak of 8.5 million concurrent viewers.
This year’s Dota 2 International final match saw two Chinese teams, ViCi Gaming and NewBee, go head to head for a $5 million share of the total $10 million prize fund.
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KitGuru Says: e-Sports seems to be getting more and more popular each year. This year’s International broadcast was even popular on TV, word has it that ESPN is now in talks with MLG to broadcast more gaming competitions on one of its channels. Did you guys watch the International tournament? I tuned in for a few matches myself.