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 (www.evo2k.com), 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 Ustream.tv, 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.