What is the largest esports crowd ever?
The answer to this question varies depending on which criteria we consider. When looking at total hours watched, a few events stand out among others.
Close behind was the IEM Katowice Major, StarLadder Major Berlin and Mid-Season Invitational; together these three events boasted a combined total of around one billion hours watched.
Other esports may also merit mention, but these three stand out for their ability to attract an audience large enough to make out-of-home broadcasting viable.
The Intel Extreme Master’s has been an annual gaming event since 1999 and continues to draw crowds from around the world. With a prize pool of more than $1 million, this two-day competition attracts both CS:GO and StarCraft 2 players alike.
Intel Extreme Master’s are one of the most iconic esports events to date, not only due to their size but also their history. They’ve won multiple awards and earned a loyal following among fans and professional esports players alike.