If there was any doubt that Counter-Strike isn't a substantial contributor to current-day eSports, the ongoing growth of its spectator base should put that to rest.
DreamHack announced the viewership figures on their website recently that the recent Cluj-Napoca tournament, a Valve-sponsored event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive which had a prize pool of US$250,000.
It's hardly a figure to be ignored: over the course of the event, more than 25 million unique visitors tuned into the event, with peak concurrents sitting at a health 985,052.
The full viewership figures are as follows:
- Views/started streams: 85,083,044
- Unique views/visitors: 25,090,864
- Hours watched: 30,837,479
- Peak concurrent viewers: 985,052
It makes Cluj-Napoca the second most watched CS:GO event, and DreamHack's most viewed event of all-time. The most watched CS:GO event was ESL One Cologne earlier this year, which had more than 27 million unique viewers over four days.
The overall viewers and peak concurrents are still well behind that of Dota 2 and League of Legends, however. This year's International pulled in more than 2 million concurrent viewers at its peak, while the League of Legends world championships in 2014 boasted around 27 million viewers for the finals and more than 11 million peak concurrent views across all streaming services. The 2015 League of Legends world finals, meanwhile, saw millions tune in via Twitch.tv just for the first day's play.