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There was not a single Dota 2 event in the top ten most popular eSports competitions in 2023.

The last championship of The International 2023 in Seattle caused an unexpected surprise: for the first time in the history of TI tournaments, it did not make it into the top ten most popular eSports events of the outgoing year.

The Worlds 2023 League of Legends championship stands out among the top ten events in a unique way. It won first place with almost 6 million viewers at its peak, setting an all-time eSports viewership record.Mobile Legends: Bang Bang made a big impression in an unexpected turn of events, with multiple tournaments ranking in the top ten. The two world championships for this mobile game, which attracted more than 5 million viewers each, are particularly noteworthy. Paris Major 2023 for CS:GO came in tenth place. However, there are many concerns about Dota 2 on this list, despite the fact that the biggest tournament of the year received an outstanding 29.16 million hours of viewership on Russian-language broadcasts, which is 27% more than the previous year.


CS:GO was able to maintain its status with the Paris Major 2023, reaching 1.5 million viewers at its height, demonstrating resiliency in the competitive gaming market.

It’s remarkable that no Dota 2 tournament cracked the top ten. This absence stands in stark contrast to the game’s previous esports success. This implies a considerable surge in interest in Dota 2 tournaments among Russian-speaking audiences. This could be due to better broadcast quality, more thrilling matches, or an increase in the number of teams competing.The structure of Dota 2 competitions changed dramatically in 2023. After the DPC system is completed, Dota 2 competitions will be organised solely by third-party organisers, leaving Valve to manage only The International.

In 2023, the esports industry will confront significant shifts in viewing habits and tournament domination. While some games have reached exceptional heights, others have experienced surprising drops. The shifting terrain suggests that eSports will have a prosperous but competitive future.


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