ESL Counter-Strike Tournament Breaks Viewer Records

Popular eSports brand ESL, also known as the Electronic Sports League, is continuing the good news reels through their recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament. During Gamescom 2014, the company held a tournament that once more broke viewer records.

Live streams for ESL One Cologne 2014 were put on Twitch and managed to bring in a peak of 343,638 concurrent viewers. With additional people spectating from within the game, the online peak climbed up to 409,368.

Previously, the ESL viewership record was also in hands of a Counter-Strike tournament, one of several games in their eSports library. During ESL One Katowice in Poland, the event managed to pull in over 280,000 sets of eyes.

ESL One Cologne 2014 hereby sees an increase of 161% in viewership. Additionally, all combined sessions for the event managed to grow “just shy of three million unique viewers.”

Things aren’t slowing down for ESL either. Just recently, the company announced that it would bring its gathering to New York for one of the biggest spectacle to date.

In the ramp up to Comic-Con New York, you’ll be able to witness the ESL show in none other than Madison Square Garden. It’s the smaller Theater venue of iconic location, but that hardly makes it less historical for gaming.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Ninjas In Pyjamas managed to snag the victory at ESL One Cologne 2014. The prize pool consisted of $250,000, which was collected through crowd funding.

As a quirky statistic, ESL noted that 856 years of content was seen during the four days of the tournament.