EventYearGameUnique ViewersPeakHours watchedInformation
Intel Extreme Masters Chicago2018Counter-Strike: Global Offensive12,000,000-11,000,000Read more
ESL One Belo Horizonte2018Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-583,0007,500,000Read more
Mid-Season Invitational2018League of Legends60,000,00019,800,000363,000,000Read more
ELEAGUE Major: Boston2018Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-1,400,00036,666,666Read more
CFS World Championship2017Crossfire37,000,000--Read more
ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals2017Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-388,000-Read more
Formula 1 eSports Series2017Formula 1 eSports Series 1,160,000--Read more
Intel Extreme Masters Oakland2017Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive10,800,000-7,500,000Read more
ESL One Hamburg2017Dota225,000,0001,500,0007,000,000Read more
DreamHack Masters Malmö2017Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 31,000,000-20,000,000Read more
EVO2017Street Fighter-220,000-Read more
Mid-Season Invitational 2017League of Legends -4,300,000-Read more
Intel Extreme Masters Sydney2017Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends Starcraft 28,000,000--Read more
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice2017Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends Starcraft 246,000,000--Read more
LoL World Championship2016League of Legends43,000,00014,700,000370,000,000Read more
Intel Extreme Masters Oakland2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends-490,0006,400,000Read more
ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-400,0005,000,000Read more
ESL One New York2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive20,000,000450,0008,000,000Read more
MLG Orlando Open 2016Call of Duty-164,0002,000,000Read more
ELEAGUE Season 12016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-168,50014,950,000Read more
ESL Expo Barcelona2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--2,400,000Read more
LCS NA Spring Split (Week 3)2016League of Legends--1,444,000Read more
LCS NA Spring Split (Week 2)2016League of Legends--1,424,000Read more
LCS NA Spring Split (Week 1)2016League of Legends --2,282,000Read more
Global eSports Cup2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--1,400,000Read more
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends Starcraft 234,084,6292,000,00024,282,813Read more
Starseries XIV Finals2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--4,700,000Read more
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--9,900,000Read more
MLG Columbus2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-1,600,00045,000,000Read more
DreamHack Open Zowie Leipzig2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--3,900,000Read more
ELEAGUE Season 1 (Week 1)2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-92,0002,500,000Read more
LoL World Championship2015League of Legends36,000,00014,000,000360,000,000Read more
ESL One Cologne2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive27,000,0001,300,00034,000,000Read more
DreamHack Cluj 2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive25,090,864985,05230,837,479Read more
ESL One Katowice 20152015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive8,780,0001,012,74516,000,000Read more
Gfinity Championship Series 2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive8,750,000--Read more
WoT World Championship2015World of Tanks2,600,000--Read more
ESL Championship Germany (Spring) 2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends League of Legends1,055,840--Read more
SMITE World Championship2015SMITE1,000,000--Read more
Red Bull Gaming Ground 2015Dota2500,000--Read more
The Main2015League of Legends310,000--Read more
ESL One Frankfurt2015Dota2-1,061,441-Read more
Intel Extreme Master Katowice2015League of Legends-2,600,000-Read more
The International2015Dota2-4,606,264-Read more
UMG Orlando2015Call of Duty-154,000-Read more
ESL One Cologne2014Counter-Strike: Global Offensive2,950,600409,3867,581,926Read more
LoL World Championship2014League of Legends27,000,00011,000,000194,000,000Read more
Intel Extreme Masters San Jose2014League of Legends League of Legends4,000,000--Read more
The International2014Dota220,000,0002,000,000-Read more
X-Games2014Call of Duty-90,000-Read more
The International2013Dota2-1,000,000-Read more
EVO2013Street Fighter1,700,000144,848-Read more
X-Games2013Call of Duty-110,000-Read more
LoL World Championship2013League of Legends League of Legends32,000,0008,500,000-Read more

League of Legends = League of Legends (LoL) | Defense of the Ancients 2 = Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota2) | Counter-Strike: Global Offensive = Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) | StarCraft 2 = StarCraft 2 (SC2) | Fighting Games = Fighting Games (FG) | Call of Duty = Call of Dury (CoD) | SMITE = SMITE | World of Tanks = World of Tanks (WoT)

The ELEAGUE Major: Boston Delivers All-Time Records

Turner and IMG’s ELEAGUE set new Twitch records and generated unprecedented levels of engagement with its cross-platform content throughout its second Major Championship – The ELEAGUE Major: Boston. >> Full article

CROSSFIRE World Championship Breaks Viewership Record

Smilegate Entertainment has announced viewership numbers for their main FPS title CROSSFIRE’s world championship tournament ‘CROSSFIRE STARS (CFS) 2017 Grand Finals’ which was held in Xi’an, China from November 30th to December 3rd, 2017. >> Full article

Intel Extreme Masters Oakland Draws 28.6 Million Views, Demonstrating Continued eSports Growth

Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest-running global pro gaming tour in the world, took over the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 18-19 for two days of esports tournaments, featuring “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”* (“CS:GO”), “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”* (“PUBG”) and the VR Challenger League for a $500,000 prize purse. Demonstrating the continued growth in esports, IEM Oakland 2017 nearly doubled its viewership compared with last year’s competition. >> Full article

ESL One Hamburg powered by Intel Debuts with 20,000 Fans Onsite and 25 Million Online Viewers

ESL One Hamburg powered by Intel, Europe’s largest Dota 2 festival, wrapped up its successful first edition at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany on October 28-29, 2017. The world’s eight best Dota 2 teams battled for a lion’s share of the $1 million prize pool, in the first event of the 2017/2018 competitive season, and in front of a packed stadium. >> Full article

Inaugural Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney attracts 7,000 fans on each event day, nearly 8 million unique viewers online

Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest-running global pro gaming circuit in the world, celebrated the start of its 12th season with the first-ever event on the Australian continent. IEM Sydney was played out on May 6 -7, when the world’s best teams in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) took to the stage at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney’s Olympic Park. Over 7,000 fans on each of the event days filled the stadium, and nearly 8 million unique viewers tuned into the online broadcast. >> Full article

Intel and ESL Welcome 173,000 Fans at World’s Biggest Esports Event in History

Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM), the longest-running global pro gaming circuit in the world, celebrated the climactic finale of its 11th season as it returned to Katowice, Poland for the 2017 World Championship. The world’s best teams, including champions from IEM Oakland 2016 and IEM Gyeonggi 2016, faced off on the main stage of the Spodek Arena for a prize pool of $650,000 in three of the top esports titles: Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), League of Legends, and StarCraft® II. >> Full article

43 Million Unique Viewers Reached Throughout League of Legends World Championship 2016

The League of Legends World Championship 2016 (Worlds 2016) once again set a new record in terms of eSports viewership numbers. The final match between the Korean teams of SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy not only was watched by 14,7 million peak concurrent viewers, but it also was the closing of a wide-coverage event which reached 43 million unique viewers. >> Full article

ESL Pro League Season 4 ends in Sao Paulo with a sold out arena and 15 million views online

The grand finals of the fourth season of the ESL Pro League were held last weekend at the sold out Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over 6000 fans attended each of the event days, cheering for their local heroes, SK Gaming, who powered through to the final but ultimately lost to North American team Cloud9. >> Full article

ESL One New York Generates Record-Breaking Digital Engagement Worldwide on Oct. 1 & 2

ESL, the world’s largest esports company and part of the digital entertainment group MTG, is proud to have brought the East Coast’s biggest esports event to date to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. ESL One made its third New York stop on Oct. 1 & 2, with an arena full of 8,500 fans on each of the main event days, and attracted a total of 20 million unique online viewers. >> Full article

IEM Oakland Reached Peak of Nearly Half A Million Concurrent Viewers Across the Globe

Intel® Extreme Masters made its third stop to the Bay Area this weekend with IEM Oakland, filling the Oracle Arena with 6,500 esports fans on both November 19th and 20th. Attendees from around the world cheered on as Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) climbed their way through the tournament bracket, defeating the world’s top rated Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster and ESL One Cologne champions, SK Gaming. >> Full article

Call of Duty® MLG Orlando Open generated over 8 million video views

The road to the 2016 Call of Duty® World League Championship, Presented by PlayStation® 4 finished its last live qualifying competition yesterday with an epic showdown in Orlando as Optic Gaming won the Call of Duty® MLG Orlando Open. After the dust settled, over 1.4 million cumulative viewers across distribution platforms, including MLG.tv, generated over 8 million video views during the event, consuming over 2 million hours of content throughout the weekend, and peaking at 164,000 concurrent viewers during the thrilling finals match. (Viewership stats from MLG.tv, Facebook Live, Twitch) >> Full article

ELEAGUE’s First Season Delivers Strong Audience Consumption Across All Platforms

ELEAGUE, the professional eSports organization formed in partnership between Turner and WME | IMG, culminated its first season with Virtus.pro winning its inaugural championship. Throughout its debut season, ELEAGUE consistently delivered strong audience consumption across all platforms including 897 million gross minutes of video consumption on TBS and Twitch. >> Full article

The Major Effect – MLG Columbus records 37M hours watched

The ninth edition of the Gamoloco Dataviz Monday Review features the most watched Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) events. The infographic shows that MLG Columbus, the first CS:GO tournament which offered one million USD prize money, set a new record regarding total hours watched in total. Moreover it shows that the so-called “major events” have proved a recipe for high attendance figures (in terms of hours watched). >> Full article

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 becomes ESL’s largest ever esports event

The finals of the tenth Intel Extreme Masters season were seen by more than 34 million unique viewers – a staggering 32% increase on last year. The three-day main event itself saw 113,000 fans stream into the Spodek arena and IEM Expo, with the finals of each Intel Extreme Masters tournament taking place in front of 10,000 fans in the sold-out stadium. Check out our infographic for more details and interesting facts about the event! >> Full article

Activision Blizzard Media Networks Announces Record eSports Viewership

Activision Blizzard Media Networks, a division of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), today announced that Major League Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship (CS:GO Major) set new viewership records during its March 30 – April 3 broadcast from Columbus, Ohio. Audiences generated 71 million video views, watched a record-breaking 45 million hours of live broadcast2 and set a new record of 1.6 million concurrent viewers3 across OTT, web, mobile and in-game streaming during this year’s event. >> Full article

ELEAGUE debuts on TBS, brings in over 500,000 viewers

ELEAGUE, the $1.4 million Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, hit US TV network TBS for the first time on Friday and averaged 509,000 total viewers. >> Full article

New records: Riot Games announces viewership numbers of the League of Legends World Championship 2015

During the World Championship 2015 (Worlds) League of Legends showed once again that it is by far and away simply the best, when it comes to spectator interest. Not only arenas in Paris, Brussels, London and Berlin were filled completely but also new records regarding viewership numbers were set. >> Full article

27 million unique viewers watch Counter-Strike Global Offensive at ESL One Cologne

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. >> Full article

25 Million Viewers Watched Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca

DreamHack Cluj-Napoca was truly an event of epic proportions. DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca was the most-viewed DreamHack event ever, and the second most watched CS:GO event of all-time. >> Full article

New record: ESL One CS:GO viewership rises by 300%

It is widely known that League of Legends or DotA2 are attracting millions of viewers. Now, the same can be said for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Last week, the tactical first-person shooter series reached another milestone during the ESL One in Katowice, Poland. More than one million viewers watched the finals, marking a historical record. >> Full article

Gfinity blows away targets with 58m viewers in 2015

British eSports organiser Gfinity has recorded 58.5m online views of their 2015 Championship Series, exceeding first year targets of 50m. >> Full article

ESL Meisterschaft – more than 1 million unique viewers watch 2015’s season one

Germany’s biggest eSports league, the ESL Meisterschaft, ended its season with the finals at the beginning of May – taking place in the Landschaftspark Duisburg. The winners of League of Legends, FIFA15 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive were awarded, the finals for StarCraft II and HearthStone took place in the ESL studios in Cologne one week later. The total number of unique viewers as well as the winners of the respective tournaments are now official. >> Full article

Hi-Rez Studios Breaks Down the Data behind the Inaugural SMITE World Championship

The Gods have spoken. After three days of intense competition between eight teams from around the world, Hi-Rez Studios crowned one incredible group of players the ultimate victors of the first season of its action MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game, SMITE, at the 2015 SMITE World Championship (SWC). The grand finale climaxed on Sunday with a nail-biting game five tie-breaker between North American Cognitive Prime and Europe’s Titan, with Cognitive Prime ultimately prevailing. The final day of the SWC brought in over a million unique viewers on SMITE’s official Twitch channel, making it the top-viewed channel across all of Twitch. In addition to the packed auditorium that watched the tournament live from Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, close to 2.9 million cumulative daily unique viewers (the sum total of each day’s unique viewer count) tuned in to watch the event online – nearly one viewer for every dollar at stake for the players. >> Full article

ESL One Frankfurt 2015 breaks attendance record

With past weekend’s ESL One Frankfurt, the Electronic Sports League (ESL), hosted one of the most viewed Defense of the Ancients (DotA2) tournaments in the world. During prime time, more than one million viewers watched the event simultaneously. The tournament had a prize money of almost $300.000. In comparison with the previous year, the number of DotA2-viewers had doubled and set a new record for the ESL. This analysis stems from both twitch.tv and MarsTV streams, whereas the latter solely addressed Chinese viewers. The ESL ties in with their successes at ESL One Katowice. >> Full article

The International Dota 2 tournament watched by more than 20M viewers, Valve says

More than 20 million people tuned in to watch this year’s annual Dota 2 championship tournament, The International 4, according to a release from Valve. >> Full article

eSports Drives 21.3% of Twitch Viewership

While it is often said that Twitch was the true accelerator of the growth of esports in the West, it is sometimes overlooked how, conversely, esports has helped Twitch grow to the massive live video platform it is today. According to the Newzoo Twitch Tracker, 21.3% of all hours watched on Twitch from July to December 2015 was esports content. This sums up to 475.5 million hours of esports content watched across all esports franchises, an average of over 79 million hours a month. An analysis of viewing hours per franchise reveals that the share of esports content compared to game content streamed by consumers varies widely from 12.7% for Hearthstone to 51.9% for Dota 2. >> Full article

Comparing the most watched Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events in 2016

The sixth edition of the Gamoloco Dataviz Monday Review features the most watched Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events in 2016. The infographic shows that the recently held Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice was the most watched event so far. Of particular interest will be if the increase of the prize money for all upcoming major events will have an impact on the viewership numbers. >> Full article

One World Championship, 32 million viewers

We’ve finished tallying the Season 3 World Championship viewership numbers and have some news to share. Thanks to you, the Season 3 World Championship is the most watched esports event in history. >> Full article