VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 Hit New Viewership Records
A massive increase in viewership compared to last year.
VALORANT Champions 2022 shattered previous viewership records for VALORANT esports events, with over 1.5 million live viewers watching the intense Grand Finals between OpTic and LOUD. The massive growth proves that VALORANT is indeed on track to become one of the largest esports events in the ecosystem, and will eventually be on par with mega-events such as The International.
Riot flew several of the title’s top co-streamers to Istanbul, which certainly paid off. The audience on the main Twitch broadcast is surprisingly low, hovering between 230,000 and 270,000.
However, Tarik's co-stream had over 130,000 views, with several guest streamers taking over his stream as the event progressed. Tarik also appeared on the official VALORANT twitch stream throughout the event, along with other notable figures in the scene such as Shroud. Plus with the Brazilian team LOUD in the Grand Finals, a large portion of the viewership came from Portuguese broadcasts, with fans eager to support their home team.
The Grand Finals match between LOUD and OpTic managed to garner a whopping 1,505,804 viewers across all platforms, beating the previous year’s record of 1,089,068 by 32 per cent.
Another interesting match, the lower bracket Final between DRX and OpTic surpassed 1 million peak viewers, at 1,001,726, nearly breaking the previous record of 1.1 million.
The average viewership throughout the event is at 525,858, meaning that viewership has been high throughout the entirety of this event, signifying a decent growth from last year’s 469,083 average viewers. The tournament also accumulated a massive increase in hours watched, at 60,780,370 total hours watched compared to last year’s 46,048,311 hours watched.
Given that VALORANT Masters Copenhagen had a low turnout, Istanbul's tremendous turnout, both in-person and online, speaks well for VALORANT's future as an esport.