A record number of people tuned in to watch people play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at ESL One Cologne 2014, part of this year’s Gamescom festivities. The best in the world competed for US$250,000 in prize money, and hundreds of thousands of people were there (virtually) to watch.
More than 409,000 gamers set a new peak online concurrent viewership record for ESL, the world’s largest independent eSports brand. Of those, nearly 344,000 were on Twitch (the remainder were watching through the in-game viewer) – well and truly beating the previous record set in March.
Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director Pro Gaming at ESL breaks down the numbers:
It’s amazing to see the growth of Counter Strike: Global Offensive in the eSports community. Just five months after ESL One Katowice, we see ESL One Cologne 2014 break our previous record by an amazing 161%. We had over ten million sessions and were just shy of three million unique viewers for ESL One Cologne 2014. It’s absolutely amazing to see and we’re all very excited to get back to work and see where we can take Counter-Strike: Global Offensive next.
At the end of the day, winners Ninjas in Pyjamas took home US$100,000 – if you missed any of the action, head to the ESL One website to catch the highlights!