League of Legends Helps ESL’s IEM Katowice Event Break Streaming Records

ESL’s IEM Katowice has ended with a bang. The event took place from March 14 to March 16 and shattered many international records.

With more than 12,648,666 hours viewership, ESL’s IEM Katowice is officially the world’s most viewed professional gaming event of all time.

Half credit of this success goes to League of Legends finale between South Korea’s KT Rolster and Europe’s Fnatic. With more than 511,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch TV, this is the most viewed match in ESL’s history.

Online spectators aside, the event – which had only 10,000 online viewers seven years ago – has managed to gather more than 12,000 individuals live.

While speaking about their success, ESL’s Managing Director of Pro Gaming, Michael Carmac Blicharz stated:

It was only six or seven years ago that we were happy to see 12,000 concurrent online viewers on a single match. We had 12,000 watching matches live in the flesh in Katowice and hundreds of thousands online. This growth is simply mind blowing.

Some important stats about the event are provided below:

  • Total Prize Money = $508,000
  • Peak Concurrent Viewership = 643,362 (Over 168.97% growth from last year)
  • Total Sessions = 23,164,454 (Over 96.78% growth from last year)
  • Hours Watched = 12,648,666 (Over 108.15% growth from last year)

Along with popular games like Star Craft II, League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and FIFA 14; Hearthstone made its debut in the competitive eSports at this event. The widely popular game from Blizzard has been taken up well by the audience.

Being a racing games’ fanatic, I think the only bummer was lack of racing games in the tournament. Hopefully, we will see titles like Need for Speed and Blur in the future.

For more details on the results and other things, check out ESL World!