The Overwatch League 2019 Grand Finals have finally concluded. Fans from all over the world absolutely enjoyed it. They were able to enjoy the finals both physically and virtually. Some of them decided to come to the venue to witness the finals live, while many decided to opt for streaming services to watch them online. And now that the finals are over, we now know how many people came to attend the event and how many watched it through streaming services.
Overwatch 2019 Grand Finals Viewership
It has been confirmed that around 20,000 fans came to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to watch the finals between San Francisco Shock and Vancouver Titans. The crowd was amazing, and they absolutely enjoyed witnessing the finals live. On the other hand, a new report has revealed that the viewership of the 2019 Grand Finals was more than that of the 2018 Grand Finals.
The 2019 Grand Finals of the Overwatch League managed to achieve an average minute audience (AMA) of 1.12 million all over the world. AMA is the average number of people watching the broadcast per minute. For those who don’t know, this is a 16 percent increase from last year. It has been further revealed that there was an 182,000 AMA of viewers aging between 18 to 34.
Why the Viewership Has Increased?
The total United States AMA, on the other hand, is really impressive. It managed to achieve 472,000 AMA, and this is a straight 41 percent increase from the 2018 finals. Before you get too excited, there are a few things you must know. The complete data includes all live streams and rebroadcasts that were hosted in the previous 24 hours. As there are now sources of data now, things are a little different this time.
While the 2018 Grand Finals viewership was based on different platforms, there were some new ones this time. For instance, the 2019 Grand Finals were also streamed on Bilibili, and its viewership numbers are included in the data. For those who don’t know, Bilibili is a streaming service available in the Chinese region and is associated with the Hangzhou Spark. This basically means that the increase in viewership is because of multiple new platforms. Aside from this, the addition of three Chinese teams in the tournament might have also contributed to the viewership.
In addition to this, the data from Disney XD and ESPN were included in the viewership of the 2018 Grand Finals. However, for the 2019 Grand Finals, the data was pulled from the ABC broadcast. It is also believed that the finals were streamed during the prime viewing hour in the United States, something that has led to an increase in the viewership. In any case, the results are really amazing, and Overwatch fans are surely proud of them.
As for the Grand Finals, San Francisco Shock defeated the Vancouver Titans by 4-0. They won the first prize and walked home with the $1.1 million prize pool.