Esports tournament EPICENTER XL broke viewership record and became the most popular Major in the 2017/2018 Dota Pro Circuit season
Epic Esports Events, organizer of EPICENTER XL, with its main event held on May 4–6 in Moscow, recapped the biggest esports event of 2018 in the CIS. More than 24,000 people in VTB Ice Palace and 19,4 million viewers around the globe watched 12 best teams from all over the world compete live. According to the organizer, EPICENTER XL became the most popular Major of 2017/2018 Dota Pro Circuit season.
Live broadcasts in Russian gathered 23,4 million views, streams in English – 22,6 million. The tournament has been available live on Twitch, the official broadcast partner of the event. Streams and all videos from EPICENTER XL including reports, rebroadcasts, highlights and other video content amounted to 73,8 million views. On average, every game had more than 850,000 viewers, and the number peaked at 5,2 million. The group stage, which took place in Moscow on April 27 – May 2, attracted more than 4 million viewers on Twitch, which is double the number last year.
Similar to many other similar international esports tournaments, the viewership came mostly from China. The number amounted to 4,800,000 with more than 700,000 average concurrent viewers. The peak in Russia on Twitch was 230,000. Official broadcasts were held in more than 10 languages: Russian, English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Thai and others.
EPICENTER XL participants competed for a prize pool of $1,000,000, the biggest in the history of the Russian esports tournaments in one discipline. The first place was taken by PSG.LGD, owned by the Chinese esports organization LGD Gaming in partnership with the French football club Paris Saint-Germain. Reigning world champions Team Liquid came in second; the CIS team FlyToMoon took the third place.
Moscow EPICENTER XL was the first Major tournament in Russia. It was held with support of Valve, developer and publisher of Dota 2, with top 4 teams receiving qualification points for the direct invitation to The International 2018, the biggest tournament in one of the most popular MOBA games in the world.
Yota is the first Russian brand to actively support esports in Russia. To date, four EPICENTER tournaments in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, have been organized in partnership with the mobile carrier. Yota products, whose core is mobile internet and regional roaming-free communications across Russia, allow to avoid extra expenses during travel. This allows all fans to watch the events unraveling from practically anywhere in the country.
Epic Esports Events specializes in organizing international competitions, and was the organizer for the EPICENTER Dota 2 and CS:GO tournaments held in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2016–17. Over 24 million viewers around the world followed the first EPICENTER: Moscow tournament. At Europe’s leading EuBEA awards in 2016, that tournament got the prize for the best event in Europe in the Live Entertainment industry.
The second EPICENTER: Moscow, Russia’s first world-class CS:GO tournament, received ample coverage in domestic as well as international media. Over 12 thousand spectators attended the finals of October 2017’s EPICENTER: Saint Petersburg in CS:GO, and a total of over 30 million viewers watched its live streams online.