MLG Anaheim 'largest North American eSports event'

Pro gaming organization says last weekend's Pro Circuit Spring Championship attracted 4.7 million viewers online, 20,000 in person to watch League of Legends, Starcraft II, and fighting game competitions.

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While much of the industry recovered from the Electronic Entertainment Expo last weekend, Major League Gaming held what it's calling "the largest North American eSports event," the MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship in Anaheim, California.

MLG did its biggest numbers yet at last weekend's Spring Championship.
MLG did its biggest numbers yet at last weekend's Spring Championship.

MLG today released a variety of stats for the in-person and online viewership of the three-day competition, which featured League of Legends, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, and a trio of fighting games: Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters XIII, and SoulCalibur V.

MLG reported that more than 4.7 million unique viewers tuned in to the Pro Circuit Spring Championship online, and another 20,000 fans attended the event in person. The group nearly doubled its all-time peak concurrent online viewership, hitting 437,000 streams and besting the 241,000 concurrent viewer peak of the 2011 national championship event. In all, more than 5.4 million hours of MLG video was streamed over the weekend.

The upcoming MLG summer season has not been detailed yet, but it will feature Starcraft II and League of Legends. The Summer Championship weekend will take place August 24-26 at a location yet to be announced.

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