The gaming industry has grown significantly over the past few years as a result of the development of accessible technology and internet access. The potential for competitive gaming is growing every day as more people become interested in esports as a career. Esports competitions give spectators a chance to have the best LAN experience while also gaining a deep understanding of the games. A much-needed boost to the esports scene came in 2022 with the revival of LANs worldwide following the COVID-19 epidemic. League of Legends, a popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game from Riot Games, reportedly garnered the highest esports viewership in 2022, according to a new analysis by Esports Charts. Moreover, Valorant, another game by Riot, was among the top 5 esports events in 2022.
The difference between Valorant and its rival Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [CS: GO] is rapidly narrowing, despite the fact that Valorant is far behind. Valorant, a tactical first-person shooter from Riot Games, saw a phenomenal increase in viewership in 2022. In 2022, there were 283.47 million watch hours for the game, a 32.9% increase over 2021. The Valorant Champions 2022 tournament, which served as the season’s major event, was by far the most-attended competition. 1.5 million People watched it at its height. Peak viewership in 2022 has increased by almost 27% when compared to 2021.
The fourth spot on the list was held by Dota 2, a well-known MOBA game from Valve. A 10% decrease from 2021, the game racked up over 313.61 Million viewing hours in 2022. The International 2022, the premier Dota 2 esports competition, had over 1.7 million peak viewers and was the most-watched Dota 2 event of the previous year. The peak viewership of The International 2021, which had a peak viewership of 2.7 Million, was substantially higher than this figure, despite the fact that it appears to be high.
MLBB, a well-liked mobile MOBA game from Moonton, garnered the most attention in 2022 among mobile esports games. In contrast to 2021, the game’s airtime increased by 7% while its viewing time dropped by 14.4%. The M4 World Championship, the World Championship of the 2022 esports season, certainly played a role in the decline in viewing time because it was held in January 2023 rather than 2022 as it was originally scheduled.
In 2022, there were 331.47 million hours of watch time for MLBB overall. The Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) ID Season 9 finals attracted more than 2.84 million peak views, making it the most-watched tournament of the previous year.
The second-most watched esports event of 2022 was played in the well-liked tactical first-person shooter (FPS) by Valve called CS: GO. More than 448.41 Million hours were spent watching it. Surprisingly, despite strong competition from Riot Games’ FPS game Valorant, the viewing time has increased by 8.5% when compared to 2021. It is significant to notice that out of all the games, CS: GO received the most airtime (14.4K hours). Notably, PGL Major Antwerp 2022 was the most well-known CS: GO competition of the year in 2022. Over 2.1 million peak viewers tuned in to see Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan compete in the Belgian Major grand finale.
For the second year in a row, League of Legends overtook all other esports competitions in terms of viewership. In 2022, there were approximately 617 million hours of watch time accumulated, which is 7% less than in 2021. One of the most well-liked esports competitions worldwide was the League of Legends 2022 World Championship, often known as Worlds 2022, which served as the season’s grand finale. With 5.1 million viewers at its height, the Worlds 2022 Grand Finals between T1 and DRX saw a 22% increase in viewers from the World Championship 2021’s peak audience.
In League of Legends Esports, a fourth-seed team has never previously won the World Championship, but the Korean team DRX changed that in 2022 when they won the Summoner’s Cup, capping off their Cinderella tale. The Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) Series had a tremendous year in 2022 as well. Notably, the grand finals of MSI 2022 received over 2.1 Million peak viewers, which is more than the Worlds 2017 and 2018 peak viewers.
Out of the top 5 most-watched esports games in 2022, three are MOBA games, and the other two are tactical first-person shooters. And only one of the top 5 games is a mobile game; the others are PC games. The fact that Free Fire and Battlegrounds Mobile India (the Indian version of PUBG Mobile), two games that should have made this list, were banned in India despite the fact that mobile esports has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, is probably to blame for the lack of more titles.