EVO 2013 live stream draws in 1.7 million viewers on Twitch

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournament draws 144,848 concurrent viewers; Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament attracts 134,000.

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This year's Evolution Championship Series tournament drew a record 1.7 million unique viewers on streaming site Twitch.

A lot of people really do love watching their fighting game tournaments live.

According to Twitch.tv vice president of marketing Matthew DiPietro (via Polygon), the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournament attracted a maximum of 144,848 concurrent viewers, followed by the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament, which drew in 134,000 watchers. The Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition tournament amassed 125,000 concurrent users at its peak.

The numbers beat all previous records for fighting game tournaments streamed on Twitch, with the total unique numbers for this year's EVO 50 percent higher than last year's event.

Ahead of the tournament, Nintendo initially denied organisers permission to stream Super Smash Bros. Melee gameplay. The company quickly reversed its decision to allow the game to be included. Check out GameSpot for more coverage from EVO 2013.

Discussion

11 comments
david60639
david60639

Was off that week, watched everyday. Was awesome.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Watched as much as I could each day, The P4A finals were a blast

bugsdabunny
bugsdabunny

Is that THE xXx-NoobKing-xXx in the background? 

korvus
korvus

It really surprises to me that there were almost as many people watching Super Smash Bros as MvC3 and more than SSF4...I couldn't watch more than 2 SSB matches before giving up...

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Great EVO this year. great SSF4 final too. I never thought I'd see Gen being the last one standing. What a great EVO and looking forward to Ultra SF4.

cwatz12
cwatz12

@Korvus85 Smash had a lot of talk going in due to nintendo which might have peaked interest.  Also it was on during prime time, the other two games were a bit later and might have lost some of the east coast.  I bet that had a large impact.


I found Smash's gameplay to be interesting, but the series went on wayyyy to long.

Jebril
Jebril

@bunchanumbers SF is relatively balanced and it proves it every year in the Evo results. There's always a huge diversity in characters in Top 8 and this year was no different. Aside from the 2 Akumas that is, lol. 

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

@bunchanumbers  

I think the grand finals speaks way more about the player rather than the character.  Xian is clearly the up and coming player to watch out for, and its all because of his skill and hard work.