Most viewed esports tournaments of 2022

by Adam Fitch  · 
Updated
Most viewed esports tournaments of 2022

Want to know which games and regions are at the top of esports viewership? Is League of Legends truly the biggest competitive game in the world? How is viewership developing as the year progresses? Here's a rolling list of the most viewed esports tournaments of 2022, excluding Chinese platforms, as per Esports Charts!

10. VALORANT Champions

  • 1,505,804 peak viewers
  • September 18

The grand finals of the de facto VALORANT world championship between two national giants — OpTic Gaming of North America and LOUD of Brazil — thrust Riot Games' FPS into the most-viewed esports event of September.

9. MPL Indonesia Season 9

  • 1,737,485 peak viewers
  • March 5

The Indonesian Mobile Legends league occupies the second spot with 1.7M viewers tuning in to watch EVOS Legends battle it out with RRQ Hoshi.

8. The International 2022

  • 1,751,086 peak viewers
  • October 30

The tournament with the biggest prize pool in esports each year returned and 1.7M people tuned in to watch Team Secret face off against the eventual unlikely victors, Tundra.

ESL

7. MPL Indonesia Season 10

  • 1,760,335 peak viewers
  • August 27

Mobile Legends hits the list once again with the Indonesian professional league commanding eye-watering viewership on a consistent basis. Almost 1.8M tuned in to watch RRQ Hoshi and EVOS Legends compete against each other!

6. PGL Major Antwerp

  • 2,113,610 peak viewers
  • May 22

The first of two CS:GO Majors in 2022, PGL returned from its record-breaking event in Stockholm to achieve another successful event in terms of viewership. The clash between FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere is the match that garnered over 2M peak viewers.

5. Mid-Season Invitational

  • 2,194,104 peak viewers
  • May 29

While it's not the biggest international event of the year in League of Legends, the presence of teams such as T1, RNG, and G2 Esports is evidently a huge draw for fans.

4. Southeast Asian Games ML:BB

  • 2,217,170 peak viewers
  • May 20

Only the second-ever sports competition to include esports as a medal event, the Southeast Asia Games made us of popular title Mobile Legends: Bang Bang to bring in plenty of eyeballs. Clearly, this strategy worked perfectly!

Riot Games

4. 2022 League of Legends World Championship

  • 2,235,110 peak viewers
  • October 30

Surprisingly it wasn't the grand finals of this year's League of Legends World Championship that brought in the highest peak. It was the semifinals battle between T1 and JD Gaming that amassed over 2.2M peak viewers before the former faced off against DRX in the ultimate series.

3. MPL Indonesia Season 10

  • 2,384,335 peak viewers
  • October 23

Yet again, Indonesian esports hits the list with another Mobile Legends: Bang Bang event. The 10th season of the MPL competition in Southeast Asia commanded over 2M eyeballs at once.

2. ML:BB Southeast Asia Cup

  • 2,800,606 peak viewers
  • June 19

Narrowly missing out on the top spot, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang takes second place with the Southeast Asia Cup. More specifically, it was the grand final battle between RRQ Hoshi and RSG Philippines that amassed over 2.8M pairs of eyeballs at once!

1. MPL ID Season 9

  • 2,845,364 peak viewers
  • April 9

Yet again, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is on this list. Not only that, it's at the very tippy-top! No wonder Riot Games is suing Moonton, it's taking what League of Legends is loved for and putting its own version in front of millions of people each week!