Last month, esports tournament organizer ESL hosted the 2015 Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice, covering League of Legends, CS:GO, Starcraft II, FIFA14, and Hearthstone. According to numbers released earlier today, the event broke last year's (also record breaking) viewership.
While audience foot traffic at the event surpassed 100,000, online viewers also showed up in droves with ESL One and IEM streams setting a new Twitch record for most concurrent viewers from a single event, with over 1,000,000 tuning in to watch the games.
Commenting on the event, Michal Blicharz, the Managing Director of Pro Graming at ESL stated, “It is amazing to see how in five years, Intel Extreme Masters went from being a side show at a tech or comic expo somewhere to being its own exhibition with a truly mainstream level appeal. It is a massive turnaround that represents incredible cultural growth for eSports as a whole, with steady viewership that regularly rivals that of other major sports productions.”
ESL released the following infograph to further detail the event's statistics: