The grand finals of VCT Ascension Pacific drew more than 186 thousand peak viewers to the stream, outpacing the viewership numbers for both the Americas and the ongoing EMEA competition.
THAILAND – Pacific surpassed the viewership of the Ascension Americas and the ongoing EMEA tournaments by a significant margin. The Bangkok event attracted a peak viewership of over 186 thousand and totaled more than 4 million hours of hours watched, according to Esports Charts.
Bleed Esports not only made history as the first team to be promoted to the VCT Pacific League via qualification, but the grand finals they participated in also achieved a peak viewership that exceeded that of the Ascension Americas tournament by 54.31%.
The highly contested grand finals between the MY/SG side and Japanese powerhouse SCARZ drew in more than 186,105 concurrent viewers from over 15 different languages, with nearly half (46.7%) of the total peak viewership comprising the Japanese audience (86,866).
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Should the Japanese viewership be excluded from the equation, the Bangkok grand finals would still uphold a significant viewership of approximately 90 to 100 thousand. The majority of these viewers were primarily English speakers, followed by an almost equivalent distribution amongst Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesia, and Thai-speaking viewers.
In comparison, the Ascension Americas tournament took place in São Paulo and reached its peak viewership during the grand finals between The Guard and M80 at 120,560.
Despite the event being broadcasted in more than five languages and having 87 co-streaming channels recorded on Twitch, the peak viewership still lagged behind that of the Bangkok event. English emerged as the most favored language, accounting for 80.99% of the peak viewership (97,655), with Portuguese and Spanish mostly making up the remainder.
While the Pacific region took the crown for peak viewership, Americas still maintained a slight lead in terms of average viewership, with the Pacific region averaging 49 thousand viewers and Americas reaching 52 thousand. As expected, viewers in the Pacific region equally preferred YouTube and Twitch as their streaming platforms, while Twitch remained the top choice for America’s audience.
Japan’s significant contribution to the viewership numbers greatly boosted the overall popularity of Ascension Pacific. Four out of the top five most-watched matches featured SCARZ, while Bleed Esports was a close second with three appearances in the top five viewership matches. NAOS Esports, BOOM Esports, and Fancy United Esports recorded similar viewership numbers.
In the Americas region, M80 dominated the viewership charts with four appearances in the top five matches, followed by Brazil’s The Union with three.
The Ascension EMEA tournament is still underway, but the viewership is predominantly due to Gentle Mates’ participation from France. The current peak viewership is 114,173, recorded during the match between FOKUS and Gentle Mates in the group stage. Excluding the French viewership, the Berlin event is expected to attract only between 20 to 50 thousand viewers, primarily English and Spanish speakers, as well as a small fraction from nine other languages.
Cover photo courtesy of VCT Pacific