Columbus Major breaks CSGO viewership records

Activision Blizzard had announced that the Columbus Major, broadcasted to viewers all around the world through live stream and other channels had set a new record number of viewers for a single Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament.

Audiences of the first North American major had generated 71 million video views, watched a record-breaking 45 million hours of live broadcast and set a new record of 1.6 million concurrent viewers across OTT, web, mobile and in-game streaming during this year’s event.

That number breaks the previous CS: GO view record by some amount. Achieved last year by the Cologne Major, there were 34 million hours viewed and 1.3 million concurrent viewers.

Mike Sepso, Senior Vice President of Activision Blizzard Media Networks and Major League Gaming (MLG) co-founder said, “Last year, more than 225 million people watched competitive gaming, and the passion, engagement and size of this audience only continues to grow.”

“As this year’s CS:GO Major numbers show, Activision Blizzard Media Networks’ commitment to broadcasting premium content and creating incredible events is resonating with players and fans around the world.”

The event, the eighth CS:GO Major and the first to be organized by MLG had also drawn in a sold-out crowd of 10,000 fans in Ohio. In addition, MLG had produced 68 hours of premium content broadcast in 15 languages for the event, as something to give to fans around the world.

With 16 of the world’s best CS:GO teams competing for a $1 million prize pool, Brazillian team Luminosity team managed to come out as a winner with a clean 2-0 win over Natus Vincere.


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