Professional Gaming is growing to be a billion dollar+ industry. 10s of millions of players from around the world are competing in their various games of choose for high dollar prize pools. Among the most popular games played professionally is the classic Counter-Strike:GO. Pro CS:GO has seen very rapid growth in the past 4 years, and many think that this is just the beginning.
Considered as one of the best finals of CS: GO, ELEAGUE Major 2017 made history with a live broadcast that exceeded the number of one million unique spectators in the same channel simultaneously, according to Cristian Tamas, Twitch eSports Senior Manager. It is, in fact, the first retransmission that reaches and surpasses the million unique users (same channel) and that surpasses the previous mark that had the official retransmission of the ESL in the ESL One Cologne 2015 of CS : GO where they reach more than 760.000 spectators in its main channel.
This figure had never been reached, with any game, on a single channel on the live stream video platform.
Things were up in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports scene, taking place the ELEAGUE 2017 final with Astralis from Denmark and Virtus Pro from Russia. With a gigantic prize pool, the action and duration of this whole event, it was to be expected that many people would attend. However, what nobody expected was that they were enough to break the record of the platform.Tamas confirmed that the previous record was 890,000 spectators, and was broken on the second map of the grand finale with a total of 1.26 million viewers. In addition to this, there is a lot of more visitors on the Chinese streaming services, Youtube, cable, and TBS satellite signal. The final number can easily rise above 2 million unique viewers.
If we refer to the information given by the game itself, bringing together all the official channels and the viewers from within the same, the last map surpassed the 1,399,518 spectators who should be added to all those who followed the tournament to through television and those who decided to use YouTube to watch the event.
The interest in eSports continues to grow substantially, and for Counter-Strike fans: Global Offensive these results are especially celebrated, due to the increase of interest in the game coming from some important sources, for example Overwatch. While the CS:GO increase popularity and grow in the competitive scenario, Overwatch suffered with scam problems and the skins betting scandal in the year past. Direct competitors like CS:GO take advantage of those scenarios, as we can see the numbers on Twitch or Youtube.
In addition, the grand finale of the ELEAGUE Major was also the longest in tournament history with a total of 88 rounds spread over three maps, surpassing the previous record imposed on the ESL One Katowice final between Fnatic and NiP in A total of 85 rounds and a peak of more than 861,000 simultaneous viewers in its stream.
An interesting and important detail that makes clear the good condition that has the Valve’s game as one of the most important eSports on the current scene. Then, the beginning of 2017 places CS: GO as one of the most impressive forces in eSports globally, just because more than one million of unique spectators is a number that speaks for itself. We can see now that the fight with League of Legends, to find out who is the king of eSports, is about to become harder than ever this year.