According to the research data analyzed and published by,
the number of eSports viewers worldwide is expected to reach
495 million in 2020.

From the total number of viewers,
it is expected that frequent viewers will number 222.9
million in 2020. This shows considerable growth given that
in 2018 they were only 173 million frequent viewers
according to Statista.

US eSports Viewers Could Reach
57.2M in 2020, China 162.6M

Frequent viewers will
increase at a CAGR of 11.3% to reach 295.4 million in 2023.
On the other hand, occasional viewers will be 272.2 million
in 2020. They will increase at a 9.6% CAGR to a total of
351.1 million by 2023. The number of people aware of eSports
will also grow from 1.8 billion in 2019 to 2.0 billion in
2020. China will lead in this regard with 530.4 million
people aware of eSports.

According to Statista, the
number of eSports viewers in the US in 2018 was 25.7
million. By 2023, it estimates that the number will reach 46
million. eMarketer predicts that they will increase at a
CAGR of 10.6% to surpass 35 million in 2020. Newzoo is,
however, more optimistic, projecting that they will number
57.2 million in 2020.

Notably, North America accounts
for a 12% share of the global audience. On the other hand,
APAC holds a market share of over 50%. China leads in this
regard and its audience could number 162.6 million in

The League of Legends (LoL) World Championship
was the most watched tournament in 2019. According to data
published by Esports Charts, its semi-finals had a peak
audience of 3.9 million viewers. During the final round on
November 10, it had a peak of 44 million concurrent viewers.
All in all, it had over 100 million viewers. LoL Worlds 2020
took off to a great start, with over 1.1 million viewers on
day 1.

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