Thu September 27 2018
by Charlie Fripp
eSports over the last couple of year have seen a remarkable increase in popularity - not only by gamers coming to venues to watch all the action live, but more so by viewers online.
As a testament to that, tournament organisers FACEIT revealed that its London Major record breaking viewing figures, with the Grand Finals alone being watched by over one million people concurrently. It also said that it “was the third highest viewed esports tournament of all time, behind only Dota 2’s The International 2018 and League of Legends World Championship 2017, excluding Chinese viewership.”
The FACEIT London Major saw over 57M views on Twitch, with a total of 61M hours watched and established the FACEIT TV Twitch account as officially the fastest growing account earlier this month, putting prolific streamer Ninja 2nd in the charts (TwitchMetrics.) The Major was broadcast across over a dozen platforms in over 15 territories and saw Sky Sports broadcast competitive CS:GO for the first time. The viewing figures from the Major continue a record-breaking trend for the tournament following unprecedented viewing figures for the qualifying circuit, the Minors, with the EU Minor alone seeing over 3M hours watched in July.
“We’re extremely proud to have hosted our first Major and thanks to the dedication and passion of the team we were able to bring the event to so many fans watching at home, and in so many territories. The passionate crowd at Wembley showed the love the UK market has for esports, we’re thrilled to have brought the Major to London and we will continue to improve and serve the community,” said Michele Attisani, FACEIT Co-Founder & CBO.
“Hosting a Major was an enormous milestone for us. The finals actually marked the sixth year anniversary of FACEIT’s first ever stream when the company was founded in 2012 which really brought it home just how far we’ve come.”