The DOTA 2 International 8 reportedly attracted just under 15 million viewers
- With PSG.LGD in the final, viewing numbers spiked with the Chinese audience
- The International had the biggest esports prize pool ever with $25.5m (£20m)
- TI8 champions OG took home a staggering total of $11m (£8.7m) with £1.7m each
OG made history in multiple ways over the weekend as they took home the Aegis of Champions in the DOTA 2 International 2018 final against PSG.LGD.
Not only did PSG’s loss break the trend of a Chinese team winning ever even year, but this was also the first time ever that a team from the Open Qualifiers had won the tournament.
People all around the globe tuned in online to witness OG complete their incredible underdog story. In fact, nearly 15 million people reportedly witnessed the historic event.
Nearly 15 million concurrent viewers tuned it to witness OG’s history victory at the DOTA 2 TI8
Of the 14.9 million who tuned in, nearly 14 million of those were supposedly from China. Esports are a hot commodity in China right now but with the country’s issue of view bots plaguing streams, we can’t figure out how just accurate these figures really are.
Outside of China the International drew in around 1.2 million viewers with around 650,000 from English speaking countries and another 477k from Russia. Meanwhile Twitch peaked at around 736k and YouTube at around 242k.
The numbers become even more astonishing when you look at the apparent total of unique viewers across the tournament. An overwhelming 493 MILLION tuned into the tournament this year with 64 million non-Chinese viewers.
Chinese view bots certainly sway the numbers but viewership from outside China were also up
That’s an increase of 20 million non-Chinese viewers when compared to last year although The International 7 actually drew in a larger total audience of 509 million. However, the peak viewership was still much higher than last year as TI8’s 14.9 million trounced TI7’s 10.9.
From these reported numbers it appears that there was a much larger interest in the final than in previous years but TI8 attracted a lower viewership than usual during the rest of the tournament. The average number of viewers this year were around 600k less than last year but non-Chinese viewership was up 100k on average. Perhaps this simply means that China are beginning to stamp down on view bots.
One number that we can be certain on was the historic prize pool. TI8 featured the biggest prize pool of any esports event ever with a staggering total of $25.5m (£20m) given out with OG taking home a breathtaking $11.2m (£8.7m) with each player earning $2.2m (£1.7m) each.
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