In the last newsletter I pointed to Facebook’s purchase of the ESL Pro League and ESL One tournaments. Last week we saw the first Facebook exclusive event: ESL One Genting, a DOTA2 ‘minor’ tournament (in the series of major and minor events leading up to the world championships). Facebook peaked at 68,998 viewers. The same tournament last year had 4x that on Twitch.
This is as Twitch asserted their dominance this weekend with ELEAGUE, a Turner esports event that is signed to Twitch, which peaked on Sunday night at 1,335,000+ concurrent viewers.
As an aside, this western esports is nothing compared to China: Douyu, PandaTV, Huya and Quanmin, the Twitch.tvs of Asia, topped out at 104 million concurrent viewers on the 28th of October last year for the League of Legends World Championship.