The International 2022 becomes the third most popular Dota 2 event of all time

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The International 2022, Dota 2’s biggest esports event of the year, saw a peak viewership of 1.7 million during the final between Team Secret and Tundra Esports.

The event concluded on October 30th with Tundra being crowned champion. However, despite being the third most watched Dota 2 event of all time, viewership was significantly lower than last year.

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According to Esports Charts, last year’s edition had around 2.7 million peak viewers. Both editions took place in October, with The International 2022 taking place in front of live audiences.

One of the most notable esports tournaments in the world, The International marks the end of Dota 2’s competitive season. The numbers may seem poor in direct comparison to the previous edition, but context is key. The International 2022 recorded only around 200,000 fewer spectators than its 2019 edition.

The most notable impact on viewership has been felt on Russian-language platforms, with Russia historically generally providing large numbers of viewers for Dota Pro Circuit. The number of Russian viewers fell by around 500,000 to 700,000 this year. While not quantifiable, it is likely that Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine may have impacted potential viewership.

Nonetheless, the 2022 English broadcast saw lower numbers than the 2021 edition. The International 10 recorded 1 million viewers on its English stream, while this year’s edition saw around 740,000.

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The international prize pool was also much smaller in 2022 than in 2021. That year the prize pool was around US$18 million (£15.5 million), which is less than half of the TI10 prize pool of US$40 million (March 34). .6 million pounds) is.

This reduction is due to a number of changes to Battle Pass mechanics made this year. Previously, Battle Passes were released months before the tournament and 25% of all sales went straight to the pool. This year, the pass was released just a month in advance.

Viewership isn’t the only valuable metric for tournament performance, especially given that Esports Charts does not monitor Chinese stream viewership due to the unreliability of their data.

Ivan Simic

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Ivan is from Croatia, loves weird simulator games and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about technology and esports in Croatia and now do it here.