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Call of Duty esports is bigger than Overwatch and League of Legends in Canada, at least on Twitter

Year by year, the esports scene is only getting bigger worldwide. According to a new batch of stats from Twitter Canada, we’re seeing huge growth in esports-centric conversations on the social media platform. One trend that particularly stands out is how popular Call of Duty esports is compared to other games’ own esports scenes.

According to Twitter Canada, Call of Duty League was the most discussed esports league on Twitter in 2020. Canadian conversations regarding professional Call of Duty rose 32 percent when compared to 2019. When looking at the top five most popular esports leagues, Call of Duty League held the number one spot. Somewhat surprisingly, there were more conversations surround CDL than Overwatch League and League of Legends Championship Series.

The esports leagues that Canadians discussed the most on Twitter in 2020 are, in this order:

  1. Call of Duty League
  2. Overwatch League
  3. League of Legends Championship Series
  4. League of Legends European Championship
  5. NBA 2K League

These metrics are interesting to analyze. Call of Duty continuously sells gangbusters and has a devoted fan base purchasing each annual title. The franchise saw a massive shift in the audience when Activision released the free-to-play Warzone battle royale.

However, when looking at esports, Call of Duty isn’t always the first title to come to mind. League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch are amongst the tentpole titles for competitive play in the esports industry.

When looking at esports statistics on a global scale, Call of Duty isn’t amongst the top 10 esports events when looking at viewership numbers. According to The Loadout, League of Legends World 2020 took the number one spot with 3.8 million viewers. Holding the 10th spot, Free Fire’s Copa America 2020 held 896,000 viewers. It’s worth noting that when looking at the biggest prize money awarded in esports, Call of Duty does hold the fourth place with $600,000 throughout 2020. $330,000 of which was awarded during the Call of Duty League Championship.

In Canada, Call of Duty League has clearly amassed quite the vocal following, at least on Twitter. A lot of vigor pushing Twitter conversations forward in Canada is the support for the Toronto Ultra team. In 2020, the team finished in the top six in the Call of Duty League.

For comparison’s sake, Canada’s darlings within the Overwatch League had a more tepid season. This may have played into Call of Duty’s success over the online discourse.

With the new season of Call of Duty League beginning on Feb. 11, it’ll be interesting to see how the year shakes up. With Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War and Warzone support still in full swing, Canadians will surely have plenty to discuss on Twitter about the franchise.

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Steve Vegvari

Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His adoration for everything gaming began very early on in the SNES-era. He’s gone on to write honest content around the web. While not writing about games, Steve is often looking for the next big narrative-driven title. Something with an impactful story, regardless of genre or platform. Bonus points if it has an appealing achievement/trophy list!
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