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While we all know EVO2K11 was the biggest fighting game stream of the year, did you know that it blew all other competitive streams out of the water in regards to unique viewership? The EVO team sent out a press release that gives the breakdown of all the numbers which are staggering to say the least. 

On our end, when we saw that we had around 85K viewers watching at one time just on the main stream alone we knew this was going to be huge. To put that in perspective, thats over four times as many as the biggest fighting game stream this year, which was NCR9. The amount of people watching at any given time only tells a small part of the story though, so check out the full press release for all the details below.

Evo Championship Series 2011 Smashes Online Viewership Records

SAN JOSE—August 4, 2011 – The Evo Championship Series (, the largest fighting game tournament in the world, has beaten all previous reported records for unique online viewers of a competitive gaming event. This year’s Evo World Finals, held in Las Vegas on July 29-31 and hosted on, had over 2 million unique viewers who tuned in to the live stream to watch thousands of the best players from 44 countries compete in the championships. 

Viewers consumed over 1.9 million hours of video content, and tuned in for an average of 55 minutes each. As the tournament unfolded, Evo also exploded on social media, with top players becoming global trending topics on Twitter and many others trending locally.  During the electrifying finals on July 31, the fate of the finalists was so popular that four of them were trending simultaneously; making Evo players four of the world's top 10 trending topics on Twitter. Evo viewers also consumed over 1.9 million hours of content during this year’s event and watched an average of 55 minutes per person.

With over 2,400 competitors and thousands of fans in attendance, Evo 2011 was the best-attended fighting game tournament in history, as competitors battled through the double-elimination brackets for championship titles in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6 and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2. 

Reader Comments (5)

So, when you say it blew 'all other competitive' streams out of the water, is that just a reference to streams for fighting games (which it seems like from later in the article) or is this being compared to other major gaming tournaments too?
From what I can remember listening to some episodes of LO3, the fighting game streams did already tend to have higher viewership than other 'e-sports' genre's streams (at least here in the U.S., and maybe elsewhere outside of SC). Would be interesting to know how this Evo stacks up as far as highest viewership across multiple genres. I remember when the twitter trending was going on, that was ridiculous! Evo is in there!

August 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterMEH

It's in reference to all other competitive gaming. Due to the duration of the stream and the amount of concurrent and unique viewers no other stream really even came close.

But I mean, it was IPW x TS, what do you expect? ;)

August 5, 2011 | Registered Commenterhaunts


Well if you want to compare EVO's stream viewership to other e-sports streams in general then you can see how MLG Anaheim did. EVO & MLG Anaheim took place in the same weekend. <- press release from MLG

August 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterRandomPlayer

looks like MLG did a little better if I'm reading it right, but it would probably take a deeper look at how stats are being compiled to see the real difference. Still I think that's amazing for evo, which definitely hasn't had the spotlight as much as MLG has in the past few years.

@ haunts

HELL yeah, you guys KILLED it on the stream. All of Evo was hype, but purely from a stream perspective that shit was high quality for me at least. Didn't have to deal with any lag, audio was in sync pretty much the whole time, and after hours was off the chain. I like my commentary a little more raw (although UltraDavid is one of the best at giving insightful commentary), but I guess that's what after hours is for, haha.


August 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterMEH

I think there was a LoL stream that had like 200k concurrent viewers or something, but since we were streaming virtually nonstop for three days I cant imagine any other stream having more actual unique viewers which I think is the main stat here.

either way, its so sick that things are getting to this level with so many people checking things out and seeing what the FGC is all about.

August 5, 2011 | Registered Commenterhaunts
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