In the most recent CS:GO tournament, G2 Esports secured the Season 5 Championship at the first stand-alone Pro League Finals held in the U.S. But that’s not the only news coming out of the tournament as organizers are extremely happy with the turnout for viewership.
The finals were the highest watched event for the ESL Pro League to date, which has to be making competitors and advertisers very happy coming off of the end results. And some really awesome news for the league as a whole moving forward as they continue to put together tournaments for live broadcast. ESL sent out a press release about the numbers, here’s a quick snippet from that release:
Over the course of Season 5, ESL Pro League content garnered just under 65 million video views, a 17.5% increase from Season 4. With English language broadcast rights exclusive to YouTube, the ESL Counter-Strike YouTube channel following grew by 163% and broadcasts in 14 additional languages were streamed directly to Facebook and Twitch. Season 5 was all over social media, resulting in 510 million impressions on Facebook and Twitter alone. Continuing with ESL’s efforts to innovate in the area of virtual reality, the Finals were also streamed live on YouTube in VR, reaching peak concurrent viewership of over 5,000.