Evolution 2011 tournament scores more than 2 million unique viewers

Viewers consume 1.9 million hours' worth of live stream and archived content.

With the Evolution Championship Series 2011 done and dusted, some figures have now been released that show just how popular the annual fighting game tournament is. The official website of the event recently announced that the Evo World Finals this year had more than 2 million unique viewers tuning in on the live stream, which was hosted on Ustream.tv.

International pro-level 2D fighting + live stream = megaton views.

Audiences consumed over 1.9 million hours of video content, both during the event and during the "after hours" showcase. The average time a viewer tuned in was 55 minutes. The live stream was done by the collaborative efforts of fighting game sites iPlayWinner, Team Sp00ky, Offcast, and FinestKO. The live stream was also viewable from within PlayStation Home.

The event itself was held at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas. The winner of the Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Grand Finals was Keita "Fuudo" Ai, who used Fei Long. The winner of the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Grand Finals was Jay "BOX Viscant" Snyder, who used a team consisting of Wesker, Haggar, and Phoenix. In addition, gamers got to see a variety of panels, ranging from Namco Bandai to an interview of Daigo Umehara conducted by Seth Killian.

Check out GameSpot's article on all of the coverage related to Evo 2011.

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6 comments
shkar
shkar

wish i was there on MORTAL KOMBAT !!!

gamer2190
gamer2190

Watched it too and the Marvel Vs Capcom 3 finals were epic!

burizadokyanon
burizadokyanon

@MEDzZ3RO Indeed! For a while in the mid 2000s it seemed that fighting games were on the way out. I recall hearing that they even debated whether or not to keep SFIII 3S at EVO due to its lack of popularity, which apparently, was the same year Daigo made that fantastic comeback against Justin Wong. I'm glad to see fighting games, especially 2D ones, returning back into the spotlight. =D Watching these tournaments is always exciting!

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Watched it and enjoyed it, hopefully it will get bigger and bigger each year :D

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

I know I watched for a good 2 hours or so, what can I say? Fighting games are coming back :D