eSports Viewership Numbers – Overview (Unique Viewers, Peak CCU, Hours Watched)

EventYearGameUnique ViewersPeakHours watchedSource
EVO2017Street Fighter-220,000-Source
Mid-Season Invitational 2017League of Legends -4,300,000-Source
Intel Extreme Masters Sydney2017Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends Starcraft 28,000,000--Source
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice2017Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends Starcraft 246,000,000--Source
LoL World Championship2016League of Legends43,000,00014,700,000370,000,000Source
Intel Extreme Masters Oakland2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends-490,0006,400,000Source
ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-400,0005,000,000Source
ESL One New York2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive20,000,000450,0008,000,000Source
MLG Orlando Open 2016Call of Duty-164,0002,000,000Source
ELEAGUE Season 12016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-168,50014,950,000Source
ESL Expo Barcelona2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--2,400,000Source
LCS NA Spring Split (Week 3)2016League of Legends--1,444,000Source
LCS NA Spring Split (Week 2)2016League of Legends--1,424,000Source
LCS NA Spring Split (Week 1)2016League of Legends --2,282,000Source
Global eSports Cup2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--1,400,000Source
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends Starcraft 234,084,6292,000,00024,282,813Source
Starseries XIV Finals2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--4,700,000Source
Intel Extreme Masters Katowice2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--9,900,000Source
MLG Columbus2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-1,600,00045,000,000Source
DreamHack Open Zowie Leipzig2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--3,900,000Source
ELEAGUE Season 1 (Week 1)2016Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-92,0002,500,000Source
LoL World Championship2015League of Legends36,000,00014,000,000360,000,000Source
ESL One Cologne2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive27,000,0001,300,00034,000,000Source
DreamHack Cluj 2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive25,090,864985,05230,837,479Source
ESL One Katowice 20152015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive8,780,0001,012,74516,000,000Source
Gfinity Championship Series 2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive8,750,000--Source
WoT World Championship2015World of Tanks2,600,000--Source
ESL Championship Germany (Spring) 2015Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League of Legends League of Legends1,055,840--Source
SMITE World Championship2015SMITE1,000,000--Source
Red Bull Gaming Ground 2015Dota2500,000--Source
The Main2015League of Legends310,000--Source
ESL One Frankfurt2015Dota2-1,061,441-Source
Intel Extreme Master Katowice2015League of Legends-2,600,000-Source
The International2015Dota2-4,606,264-Source
UMG Orlando2015Call of Duty-154,000-Source
ESL One Cologne2014Counter-Strike: Global Offensive2,950,600409,3867,581,926Source
LoL World Championship2014League of Legends27,000,00011,000,000194,000,000Source
Intel Extreme Masters San Jose2014League of Legends League of Legends4,000,000--Source
The International2014Dota220,000,0002,000,000-Source
X-Games2014Call of Duty-90,000-Source
The International2013Dota2-1,000,000-Source
EVO2013Street Fighter1,700,000144,848-Source
X-Games2013Call of Duty-110,000-Source
LoL World Championship2013League of Legends League of Legends32,000,0008,500,000-Source
LoL World Championship2012League of Legends8,200,0001,100,000-Source

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)


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