Top Esports Tournaments of 2023: A Year of Record-Breaking Viewership

Explore the top esports tournaments of 2023, where League of Legends, CS:GO, and Valorant captivated audiences worldwide. Discover which events led the way in English viewership, setting new records in the esports industry.

Top Esports Tournaments of 2023: A Year of Record-Breaking Viewership
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Esports continues to be a global phenomenon, captivating audiences with thrilling competitions and record-breaking tournaments. In 2023, several events stood out, particularly among English-speaking fans. Here's a rundown of the top 10 esports tournaments of the year, based on peak viewership data from English broadcasts on platforms like Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, and more.
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#10 – IEM Cologne 2023

Kicking off our list at number ten is IEM Cologne 2023. The highlight was the Grand Final between G2 Esports and ENCE, with a peak viewership of 443.3K. This CS2 event not only thrilled fans but also set new records in terms of viewership, surpassing previous editions in Cologne.
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#9 – The International 2023

At number nine is The International 2023 for Dota 2. The Grand Final showdown between Team Spirit and Gaimin Gladiators attracted 457.4K peak viewers. Despite a drop in viewership compared to previous years, it remained a highlight of the Dota 2 calendar.
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#8 – M4 World Championship

The M4 World Championship claims the eighth spot. The final match between ECHO and Blacklist International recorded 477.1K peak viewers, breaking records in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang scene and outperforming other major tournaments.
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#7 – Mid-Season Invitational 2023

Seventh place goes to the Mid-Season Invitational 2023 in the League of Legends arena. The Upper Bracket Final between T1 and JD Gaming reached 492K peak viewers, marking it as one of the series' most successful tournaments.
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#6 – VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo

In sixth place is the VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo for Valorant, which saw 493.7K peak viewers during the Fnatic versus LOUD Grand Final. This tournament became one of the most popular in Valorant's history, despite a decrease in the English viewership share.
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#5 – M5 World Championship

The fifth spot is taken by the M5 World Championship, another milestone for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, with a peak viewership of 500K. The Grand Final between ONIC Esports and Bren Esports was particularly notable, setting new records for the franchise.
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#4 – LCK Spring 2023

Claiming fourth place is the LCK Spring 2023 with a peak of 528.5K viewers during the Grand Final. This League of Legends tournament featured a clash between Gen.G Esports and T1, contributing to its high viewership figures.
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#3 – VALORANT Champions 2023

The third spot belongs to the Valorant Champions 2023, achieving 690.2K peak viewers in the final match between Evil Geniuses and Paper Rex. Despite a lower overall viewership than its predecessor, it was a pivotal event in the Valorant competitive scene.
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#2 – BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023

The runner-up is the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 for CS:GO, drawing in 908.5K peak viewers during the final between Team Vitality and GamerLegion. This event marked the end of an era for CS:GO and set numerous records.
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#1 – 2023 World Championship [Worlds 2023]

Topping the list is the 2023 World Championship (Worlds 2023) in League of Legends, reaching an astounding 1.6M peak viewers. This tournament, featuring T1 and Weibo Gaming in the final, was particularly special for the fans of Faker and T1, as they ended a seven-year title drought.