IEM Katowice, the 14th CS:GO Major, concluded yesterday with a grand final that cemented the dominance of Astralis as the greatest of all time. The Danes defeated Finnish side ENCE 2-0 in a breeze of a series and celebrated their back-to-back Major titles.
Even though it wasn’t the grand final many hoped for given the week-long build-up and excellent production from ESL, the Katowice Major still drew a massive crowed. Apart from the sold-out Spodek Arena, the tournament peaked at more than 1.19M concurrent viewers during the final match, according to ESC.
These are great numbers for IEM Katowice, but still place the Major behind its 2018 predecessors in more than one way. Albeit considered a disappointing event by many, the FACEIT Major delivered higher average concurrent viewers (CCV) and higher total time watched: 61.4M hours to Katowice’s 52.6M. Where IEM Katowice won was the peak CCV: 1.19M to FACEIT’s 1.08M.
When it comes to average and peak viewership, however, both these Majors stand in the shadow of ELEAGUE Boston. That tournament marked the historic Cloud9 championship run — the first and so far only Major win for a North American team (and on home soil at that — and it pulled numbers that FACEIT and IEM could not rival.
Viewership peak (w/o Chinese viewers)
- ELEAGUE Boston: 1.34M
- IEM Katowice: 1.19M
- FACEIT London: 1.08M
Average CCV (w/o Chinese viewers)
- ELEAGUE Boston: 412,987
- FACEIT London: 396,165
- IEM Katowice: 385,847
Hours watched (w/o Chinese viewers)
- FACEIT London: 61.4M
- IEM Katowice: 52.6M
- ELEAGUE Boston: 49.5M
The two ELEAGUE Majors — Boston 2018 and Atlanta 2017 — also hold the record for most hours watched on a single day for CS:GO. During the finals of Atlanta 2017, where Astralis played Virtus.pro, fans consumed 8.5M hours of broadcast on Twitch — a number that even the new kings of the platform like Fortnite and Apex Legends haven’t been able to beat yet. During the Boston 2018 grand finals, the number reached 7.5M.
The next CS:GO Major now goes to Berlin, Aug. 20 to Sep. 8 and will be hosted by StarLadder. Boston 2018’s numbers will be hard to beat, but are within reach if the Ukrainian organization plays its cards right.