250,000 people watched Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at last year’s Intel Extreme Masters. This year more than 1 million people tuned in.
Following the tournament, almost 600,000 people were playing the game concurrently through Steam.
Clearly, 2015’s starting out as a very strong year for Valve’s shooter.
This weekend saw the Intel Extreme Masters tournament, a huge eSports tournament, this year being hosted in Katowice, Poland. Along with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, there were games of StarCraft 2 and League of Legends being played at the event.
Last year CS:GO brought more than 250,000 viewers, a huge achievement for the shooter, bat that’s nothing compared to this year’s 1,000,000.
— Michal Blicharz (@mbCARMAC) March 15, 2015
Another fascinating stat to come out of the event is the Starcraft 2 viewers. IEM was 1,000 viewers short of beating Blizzcon’s own viewing numbers.
Wow! #IEM StarCraft2 almost beat Blizzcon World Championship when it comes to peak concurrent viewers. Blizzcon:155,435 IEM SC2: 154,403
— Simon Sundén (@joinsimon) March 15, 2015
I hadn’t realised that CS:GO was so much more popular to watch than Starcraft 2, considering Starcraft’s been a pillar of the eSports community for more than a decade.
The Daily Dot also note that the weekend saw a new all-time peak for CS:GO concurrent players. 595,439 players logged in to Steam on Sunday to play Valve’s shooter.