The numbers don’t lie folks!
eSports as a whole is definitely doing something right, as evident with MLG’s announcement of the staggering number of people watching their Spring Championship last weekend. Touting a whopping 4.7 million unique viewers — with 2.2 million watching championship Sunday alone – the MLG Spring Championship shattered records and became the single largest eSports event in North America to date.
At its peak, the event had some 437,000 viewers simultaneously watching the action online, which is to say nothing of the 20,000 people who showed in Anaheim to watch the matches in person. And to give some context to those numbers, the 2011 MLG Pro Circuit had a peak audience of roughly 241,000 viewers across any event, and 3.5 million unique viewers the entire year.
That means – in just one weekend – the 2012 MLG Spring Championship had 1.2 million viewers more than the entire course of 2011.
While I do genuinely give a tip of my hat to the StarCraft II and Fighting Games community for this achievement, I would be remiss as a proud Summoner if I didn’t mention the correlation between MLG’s big numbers and League of Legends’ induction into the Pro Circuit this year…coincidence? I think not!
Regardless, one thing is very clear from these numbers: this is a big win for eSports.