The biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) event in the world so far, took place in Cologne last weekend. Alongside the European and US teams, that competed for 250.000 USD, the prize money also attracted 11.000 viewers a day. The event was held in the LANXESS Arena, Germany’s largest indoor arena.
Even more viewers were watching the tournament on their screens at home, twitch.tv counted 27 million unique viewers in total.
Concerning CS:GO, the bar for future events has been raised, as the event -organized by the Electronic Sports League (ESL)- has met all expectations. In addition to the viewers on the streaming website, 27 million unique viewers have watched the tournament. Last year’s major event, the League of Legends world cup, attracted up to 32 million viewers, and the ESL One is catching up.
|World Championship||2013||League of Legends||32.000.000|
|ESL One Cologne||2015||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||27.000.000|
|World Championship||2014||League of Legends||27.000.000|
|The International||2014||Defense of the Ancients 2||20.000.000|
|ESL One Katowitz||2015||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||8.780.000|
|World Championship||2012||League of Legends||8.282.000|
|ESL championship spring 2015||2015||multiple||1.055.840|
|The International||2012||Defense of the Ancients 2||567.000|
The event reached a new record, with 1.3 million viewers watching the event at the same time. Only a few months ago, the ESL One Katowice set the record with a little more than one million concurrent viewers, that is a growth rate of 30%.
|Event||Year||Game||Peak Concurrent Users|
|World Championship||2014||League of Legends||11.200.000|
|World Championship||2013||League of Legends||8.700.000|
|The International||2014||Defense of the Ancients 2||2.000.000|
|ESL One Cologne||2015||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||1.300.000|
|World Championship||2012||League of Legends||1.154.000|
|ESL One Katowice||2015||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||1.012.745|
|ESL One Frankfurt||2015||Defense of the Ancients 2||1.000.000|
|The International||2013||Defense of the Ancients 2||1.000.000|
|World Cyber Arena||2015||multiple||374.460|
|World Championship Series||2013||StarCraft II||149.549|
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