EPICENTER CS:GO detailed stats: 26 million people worldwide watched the tournament

Epic Esports Events has tallied the numbers for EPICENTER, a tournament in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. According to official stats, the largest esports event in the CIS and Eastern Europe this fall was watched by nearly 26 million people* around the world. Battles between the world’s best teams gathered more than 73 million views across various live streaming platforms. Almost 8 million of those came from European, CIS and Americas viewers. The tournament’s weekend playoffs held at CSKA Arena in Moscow on October 27–28 were attended by nearly 15 thousand spectators.

EPICENTER was streamed on Twitch, the event’s official broadcasting partner. The stream’s concurrent viewers in Europe, CIS, and Americas peaked at over 200 thousand (ed. – updated by November 7th).

Chinese viewers showed the most activity during the games. On a Chinese live stream website Huomao concurrent viewers peaked at 850 thousand, with an average stream viewership of 726 thousand throughout the tournament. Total number of hours watched in Asia stood at nearly 46 million.

The EPICENTER tournament in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was held in Moscow from October 22–28 and offered a prize pool of $300 thousand. Europe-based FaZe Clan placed first. Among EPICENTER’s partners were Yota and energy drink manufacturer Black Monster who held a giveaway of 200 Na`Vi jerseys and an Xbox One X console as well as let Na’Vi fans collect their autographs at the Black Monster booth.

For the first time in the history of the EPICENTER series, Citymobil, a taxi hailing service, became the event’s logistics partner. During the final stage of the tournament, ASUS and a medicinal drug brand Kagocel held raffles with various souvenirs on social media and at CSKA Arena, while a lottery operator Stoloto gave two spectators an opportunity to visit an international CS:GO tournament due to be held in Europe in 2019.

During EPICENTER’s group stage, professional esports players competed for the G-Drive Cup in a series of virtual races. The challenge was to beat the time of Roman Rusinov, an active pilot with G-Drive Racing, champion of the European Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship in the prototype class. Canadian player Russel “Twistzz” Van Dalken of Team Liquid won the competition, after beating the professional racer’s time by 1.5 seconds. The awarding ceremony for the fastest esports player was held on the stage of CSKA Arena.

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 2016–18. Over 24 million viewers around the world followed the first EPICENTER: Moscow 2016 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.

*including viewers in China