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is watching football still much more popular than watching esports among teenagers ? watch

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    I mean in england?

    Esports has definitely grown in the last year or two, but I think football is still more widely watched; even by teenagers.

    I'm not sure about football statistics but for the 2015 League of Legends World Championship Finals (not including semi/quarter finals), it was watched by 36 million people - obviously that isn't just people in England. Still a big number though. Streamers on twitch.tv often get 20-30k viewers (the big streamers i.e. professional/ex-professional players). Data 2's International in 2014 was watched by 20 million people.

    Putting it into perspective; the Super Bowl in 2015 was watched by 114 million people. The 2015 FIFA World Cup was viewed by 3.6 billion people with 1 billion viewers for the final.

    These aren't statistics for England because it'd be very hard to pin down exactly how many teenagers, in England, watch football and esports. But it at least gives a perspective as to where esports currently is in comparison to football.


    "Total cumulative daily unique impressions (the amount of unique viewers that tuned in every day via online and television channels) reached 334 million over the four weeks (from 288 million in 2014). In fact, over the course of all 73 games, we saw an average concurrent viewership (ACU) of over 4.2 million, with the average fan watching for well over an hour per viewing session." - Taken from the LolEsports website in regards to the 2015 World Championship (League of Legends).

    Also, asking the question about whether football or esports get's more views, you'd have to total up the numerous esports competitions (Dota 2, League of Legends, CS:GO, Hearthstone etc).

    Obviously football does
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