It seems eSports is still a very big thing in the gaming world, with Valve today announcing that more than 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the fourth annual International event for free-to-play MOBA Dota 2.
Valve's number crunchers came out with a new win today as well, noting that this year's International had "well over 2 million" peak concurrent viewers, more than double of what was seen last year. Helping gain those streamers was the ability to watch the tournament pretty much anywhere, with streams running through Steam, streaming service Twitch and even in the actual game. As a first for the eSports series, the game was also watchable through American channel ESPN.
While it is an impressive number for Valve, it seems Riot Games' League of Legends is still the winner. A chief competitor to Dota 2, LoL brought in 32 million viewers with its Season 3 Championship in 2013. The eSports event had 8.5 million peak concurrent viewers, according to Riot's numbers.
To put the eSports events into a more 'real life' perspective, Polygon notes that this year's Super Bowl drew in a crazy 111 million television viewers, with an estimated 2.3 million streaming online. While we may not get to those numbers anytime soon for eSports, its still amazing to see numbers as high as 20 or 32 million eagerly watching champions battle it out.