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SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 28: Alvin Ngo (Gaow Gaiy) of the University of Toronto at the League of Legends College Championship match between Maryville University and the University of Toronto at the NA LCS Studio at Riot Games Arena on May 28, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

Last month was a major victory for Esports with record breaking numbers coming from the League of Legends and Dota 2 community. Tensions were high as the final best of five set between Edward Gaming and previous champions Damwon Gaming.

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Edward Gaming pulled ahead in the tie breaking game winning 3 – 2 despites being the underdog, this sudden uproar even causing fans of the Chinese e team to shave their heads and take to the streets and celebrate the victory.  

However, this was not the only celebratory event from the championship match as over 4 million people watched the match with the actual numbers being much higher, but unavailable due to data restrictions. These numbers break the record of the 2019 Worlds where the highest recorded number was 3.5 million viewers officially making this the most viewed championship in the game’s history, but that’s not all. 

Dota 2 also held its International 10 championship in October where Team Spirt won earning a whopping 18-million-dollar cash prize of the record breaking 40-million-dollar prize pool and earning it a sport among the top 5 most watched event in terms of hours for the month October. However, what does this mean for Esports in 2022? 

Well, it could bring more global viewership to these events and to other games such as the CS-GO tournament and Twitch rivals. All of which has a steady growth in viewership this year. This goes to show just how much the Esports community has grown over the past decade and will continue to grow in the future. 

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