In the past few days, the Group Stage of The International 2022 (TI11) has taken place in an extremely tense and exciting way. Many unexpected results happened and one of them was that the defending world champion – Team Spirit did not perform as expected and had to start the playoffs in the losing bracket.
This makes the matches in the playoffs even more intense and dramatic when the level gap between the teams is not large. Even on the first day of the playoffs, two powerful teams, Evil Geniuses and PSG.LGD, failed and fell into the losing bracket. Even Team Spirit was eliminated very early after losing to Boom Esports.
However, up to now, according to the statistics of Eschart – an address specializing in statistics on the viewership of e-sports tournaments (Esports), the viewership of The International 2022 has been much worse than last year. Specifically, the total number of hours watched by The International this year has decreased by 32% compared to the 2021 season.
The first reason leading to this decrease in viewership comes from the objective factor – the venue. Specifically, TI11 is held in Singapore and usually starts at 10 am (local time). This makes the audience of the European region (the place most watched DOTA 2) in great difficulty when the tournament will start at 1-3am.
In addition, Valve’s design of TI11’s BattlePass (the item that comes with The International) was so bad that its prize pool dropped sharply compared to last year’s tournament. As a result, the excitement and interest of the DOTA 2 community in The International 2022 also plummeted.
Besides, the defending world champions – Team Spirit still show themselves as the most interested DOTA 2 team. Specifically, 2/3 of the matches with the highest viewership in the TI11 Group Stage belonged to Team Spirit when they faced TSM (498.8 thousand views) and Entity (433 thousand views).
Up to now, The International 2022 can be considered a professional success with many exciting matches. However, Valve should consider the venue of the tournament to avoid the time zone that is too contrasting with the areas where the DOTA 2 platform thrives. The reason is because up to the present time, it is negatively affecting the tournament itself.