Mar 25 2014 - 1:01 pm

IEM Katowice was highest-rated European esports event ever

Last week’s IEM World Championship and EMS One tournaments in Katowice, Poland combined to be the highest rated esports event in European history, according to numbers just released by Twitch and Turtle Entertainment, IEM’s parent company
Patrick Howell O'Neill
Dot Esports

Last week’s IEM World Championship and EMS One tournaments in Katowice, Poland combined to be the highest rated esports event in European history, according to numbers just released by Twitch and Turtle Entertainment, IEM’s parent company.

With over 1 million projected peak concurrent viewers around the globe and 1,442 total years of video watched, Katowice 2014 more than doubled last year’s championship ratings. On Twitch alone, concurrent viewership hit 643,000. It also broke the previous records set by DreamHack Winter 2013, during which 791 years of video were watched by 2 million fans.

Katowice is setting the bar in Europe but it falls short of other esports events like last year’s Dota 2 International, which saw 1.1 million concurrent viewers and League of Legends World Championships, which boasts the record at 8.5 million. Both those events took place in the United States.

The League of Legends IEM World Championship final between the KT Rolster Bullets and Fnatic was watched by 511,000 concurrent viewers, making it the single most viewed match in ESL history by a wide margin of 209,000 viewers.

New records were set across all games. In Counter-Strike250,000 concurrent viewers and a $250,000 prize pool made it the biggest tournament in the game’s history, helping to set the tone for what promises to be a renaissance for Counter-Strike.

StarCraft 2 had over 150,000 concurrent viewers as well, an excellent showing for a game whose fans are constantly worried about its popular decline. Even an exhibition tournament for Hearthstone, Blizzard's collectible card game, at the tail end of the event attracted around 50,000 viewers at any given time.

All of these numbers topped DreamHack’s 2013 statistics by significant margins, a sign not only that Katowice was a superb event but that esports in general are growing. It will be no surprise if DreamHack, an iconic festival in its own right, is able to challenge and capture these records once again in the next year.

“It was only six or seven years ago that we were happy to see 12,000 concurrent online viewers on a single match,” Michał Blicharz, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL said. “We had 12,000 watching matches live in the flesh in Katowice and hundreds of thousands online. This growth is simply mind blowing."

Twitch, which served the online video streams for both the Katowice event and DreamHack Winter 2013, has benefited enormously from esports explosive growth over the last four years.

Viewers from over 180 countries produced 23,164,454 video plays. As Stuart Saw, Twitch’s regional director, boasted, “Esports events now regularly attract a global audience which rivals cable and broadcast television-sized audiences.”

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Infographic via Intel Extreme Masters | Photo via ESLGaming

 

Today - 5:32 pm

G2 Esports defeat dismal Fnatic in ELEAGUE Major opening round

The Swedes looked all over the place at times.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Turner Sports

In the pick of the opening round games G2 Esports defeated Fnatic on day one of the ELEAGUE Major, as the Swedes continued their poor run of form.

The teams were evenly matched throughout much of the contest. G2 were able to gain small advantages in the early rounds, including a huge clutch from Richard "shox" Papillon in the initial pistol round, but Fnatic were able to fight back every time and were level as far as 10-10.

However Fnatic found themselves tactically outmanoeuvred by G2, eventually falling behind as their economy was constricted. An all-in buy late in the game meant that Fnatic were unable to take risks in those later rounds, instead desperate to save their guns.

With the French team close to a victory Fnatic's movement was in disarray, and G2 could sit back and pick them off. Unable to recover from economic disaster Fnatic were taken apart by G2 as the game came to a close, claiming a 16-10 win.

With Shox and Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom often the players to watch for the French side it was Cédric "RpK" Guipouy who dominated, topping the scoreboard with 28 kills.

Both Fnatic and G2 Esports could well be playing this Major as one of the last appearances for their current lineups, with Swedish and French shuffles heavily rumored for after the tournament.

In the opening game of the day the debuting North, formerly known as Dignitas before joining the new FC Copenhagen-owned team, dropped 8-16 to Gambit Gaming. Veteran Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko, formerly of Natus Vincere, led the way for his team as the Danish side stumbled.

Under the Swiss system neither losing team is eliminated. Teams must win three times to advance, which means G2 and Gambit are one third of the way to the playoffs.

Jan 20 2017 - 9:49 pm

IEM Katowice’s CS:GO tournament is going to be awesome

The final two invites went out today, and the tournament's guaranteed to be exciting.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

The final two teams to be invited to one of the year's biggest events have been announced.

FaZe Clan and Danish soccer club FC Copenhagen's esports venture, North, will be attending IEM Katowice's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals from Mar. 1-5, ESL announced today. The teams, which showed impressive form towards the end of 2016 at multiple international LAN events, will be competing against some of the best teams in the world.

The two teams are also the last to receive invitations to the event, as four teams will be added after a series of online qualifiers. In total, three more European teams will be attending IEM Katowice, as well as one North American team. With an already-stacked ensemble of teams ready to attend, such as Brazil's SK Gaming, Polish hometown heroes Virtus Pro, and Denmark's top team Astralis, the four teams that will be advancing through the online qualifiers will be making an already-competitive event all the more fierce.

In October 2016, the current North roster, which was signed to Dignitas at the time, took home the $500,000 EPICENTER event in Moscow. Aside from being one of the biggest events of the year, it had all the top teams in the world in attendance. Since then, however, North has struggled to live up to the expectations placed upon them, and have recently fallen short at nearly all events they have attended since.

The opposite can be said about FaZe, since the team picked up former Astralis in-game leader Finn "Karrigan" Andersen. Since Karrigan's arrival, FaZe have had their best results since the team's inception, and have looked stronger at each event they have attended.

Taking place roughly one month after the ELEAGUE Major, which begins on Jan. 22, IEM Katowice will likely be the debut tournament of several new rosters—so make sure to keep an eye on what could be one of the biggest CS:GO events of the year.