In the Apex Legends Global Series: 2022 Championship we saw 40 teams battle it out at Raleigh, North Carolina. These teams were fighting for the title of the best Apex Legends team in the world, and also for a share of the $2,000,000 USD prize pool. While all of this was happening, the ALGS was busy setting new viewership standards for itself as the Esports Charts reported that the grand finals of the event reached a peak of more than 632,000 concurrent viewers.
There is one important thing to keep in mind, while that peak doesn’t match the Split Two Playoff (which occurred in May) 676,000 concurrent viewer mark, there are a few factors that improve on the numbers from that event in a few ways. The main one being a stronger average viewership across an even longer event, maintaining nearly 290,000 viewers across platforms throughout the event.
The higher average viewership paired with more broadcasting hours meant that the Championship smashed the Split Two Playoffs in terms of total hours watched by quite a lot. The Split Two Playoffs finished with 9.6 million hours watched at the conclusion of the tournament, while the Championship clocked in at 11.2 million hours watched.
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Another important milestone for Apex happened on Twitch. The PlayApex channel that was home to the official broadcast breached the 200,000 viewer mark for the first time, hitting a peak of more than 213,000 viewers, according to TwitchTracker.
What makes this more impressive is that Apex esports is somewhat unique in that in most online tournaments, the ALGS allows individual players to stream their own games with a delay. Traditionally, that’s meant that the audience for Apex events has been spread out across many pro players’ channels, the main broadcast, and content creators hosting their own watch parties. With many of those individual streams gone due to players being on LAN, the main broadcast itself enjoyed its best viewership numbers ever.
The main broadcast was bolstered by the official B Stream of the event on Jack “NiceWigg” Martin’s channel, where the 100 Thieves streamer cast the tournament on location alongside Charlotte Phoenix pro Athanasios “MrGreekGod” Alestas. The stream routinely drew more than 10,000 viewers of its own.
Timmy “iiTzTimmy” An held a watch party where that had over 50,000 viewers on his channel during the finals, while Dalton “Daltoosh” Hester saw more than 25,000 viewers in his watch party on the last day of the event.
The ALGS already promised that there will be a year 3 of the championship, and considering just how good this year 2 event was, there is no doubt that we’ll be having more Apex Esports in the upcoming years.