Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 may feel like they've been around for hundreds of years, but they still pull in audiences like no other fighting games currently on the market. Both titles were, of course, part of Evo 2022, which happened just last weekend — and now esports analytics outfit Esports Charts has crunched the numbers to find out which titles attracted the most viewers during the event.
We're going off peak viewership here, meaning that these are the absolute highest viewer counts posted during each game's respective tournament.
Without further ado...
- Street Fighter V - 250,730 peak viewers
- Tekken 7 - 250,566
- Guilty Gear Strive - 201,883
- King of Fighters XV - 146,360
- Mortal Kombat 11 - 95,664
- Dragon Ball FighterZ - 84,018
- Granblue Fantasy Versus - 69,265
Aforementioned juggernauts Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 came shockingly close to having the same number of peak viewers, and both managed to top Guilty Gear Strive — the game that was essentially the headline act of Evo 2022, with its Top 8 acting as the finale of the entire event.
But there are a couple of key factors that people need to be aware of before reading into this data. For starters, it must be noted that Guilty Gear Strive, being the last game on the agenda, didn't begin its Top 8 until around 4AM BST / 5AM CET. Needless to say, much of Evo's European audience had probably gone to bed by then, which would have obviously lowered the total number of viewers.
Next, the likes of Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Granblue Versus all had their Top 8 matches on the second day of Evo 2022, as opposed to the final day, which traditionally sees only the biggest tournaments come to a close. The viewer counts on Evo's second day are generally much lower.
Still, the stats make for an interesting read. It's safe to say that in terms of viewership, Evo 2022 was a huge success, racking up some seriously impressive figures throughout the weekend.