We have numbers from the latest instalments of the Intel Extreme Masters and ESL One events, and they are no joke.
The world’s longest-running global pro gaming circuit took place in the famous Spodek hall in Katowice, Poland, on 24-25 February and 3-4 March this year. The Polish city played host to high-profile tournaments for Star-Craft 2, CS:GO, PUBG Invitational, The HotS Western Clash, and the ESL One Katowice 2018, the first Dota 2 Major to hit Polish soil.
Now that we’re finally allowed to talk numbers, we are excited to share them with you.
Over the course of the two weekends, 169,000 fans filled the venue to cheer for their favourite teams and players.
The combined prize pools for the tournaments exceeded a record-breaking $2 million – ESL’s largest prize support to date.
Viewership also broke records. There was peak online viewership of 2.2 million for weekend one and 1.7 million for weekend two, which is an amazing improvement over last year’s edition. For comparison, these are 80% and 26% growth respectively.
Both events reported a grand total of 187 million impressions and 9.3 million engagements on social media.
This year’s IEM Expo, the fourth consecutive one, featured 26,000 square feet (2,415 square metres) of exhibition space, four eSports stages and the Intel Experience Zone – a place where visitors could have hands-on time with some of the latest technology, AR and VR.
In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap from the more notable games that commenced there:
Dota 2: Virtus.pro topped Vici Gaming. This marked Virtus.pro’s second ESL One trophy in a row.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: Fnatic came from behind to defeat FaZe Clan to win after a seven-hour match. This was Fnatic’s first secured title since IEM Katowice 2016.
StarCraft II: Rogue took home the IEM trophy with a clean 4-0 sweep over Classic.
PUBG: Avangar claimed the championship title in PUBG’s inaugural debut in front of a global IEM audience.