The official numbers are in. The year’s first Counter-Strike ELEAGUE Major concluded last week as one of the most-viewed esports events in history.
According to an infographic from today, over 2.4 billion minutes were watched globally by Counter-Strike fans across Twitch, YouTube, GOTV, and Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). The official ELEAGUE Twitch channel garnered enough viewers to remain the most-watched channel on the popular streaming platform on each of the seven days of the event.
The grand final between Danish organization Astralis and Russian powerhouse Virtus.pro shattered the all-time record for the most viewers on a single Twitch stream with over a million concurrent viewers.
The monumental victory of Astralis and sheer will of Virtus.pro was watched by more than 3.6 million viewers on TBS, half of whom were watching an ELEAGUE Major for the first time.
Besides streams, the year’s first ELEAGUE Major also had an incredible persence on social media platforms. Over 45 million impressions were recorded across Facebook and Twitter for the duration of the event. Video content shared on both platforms from the event was seen over 2.6 million times.
If last week’s ELEAGUE Major was any indication, 2017 is going to be a great year for competitive Counter-Strike. All eyes are now towards DreamHack Masters which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas later this month.
It was widely believed that the recent gambling scandal severely damaged the reputation of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It appears that it had no effect on the game. If anything, the esports scene of CS:GO is expanding and growing healthier with each year.