The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has a lot to be happy about, after its recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) tournament was the largest - and most watched - CS: GO event ever hosted.
More than 11,000 people packed into the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany each day, while 27 million unique viewers watched almost 34 million hours of the live stream. During its peak viewing time, more than 1.3 million people watched the festivities via Twitch.
Team Fnatic beat team EnVyUS in the final, capturing a large portion of the $250,000 total prize pool from ESL One Cologne. Capturing three major CS: GO titles, Fnatic showed why they are currently the most dominating CS: GO team in the world.
eSports has dramatically increased in popularity over the past few years, and ESL hopes to see worldwide popularity only increase in the future.