Katowice 2019 recap: record breaking attendance and online viewership

Katowice 2019 broke the previous records for physical attendance and online viewership for the ESL One and the IEM World Championship.

174,000 fans attended the events at the legendary Spodek Arena over the course of two weekends, while online, more than 232 million viewers tuned it to watch the CS:GO. DOTA 2 or StarCraft 2 tournaments. Additionally, the event set another record for the largest number of unique viewers on a single day: 20 million.

The IEM competitions for CS:GO and SC2 broke ESL records, both recording a greater number of views than any other previous events. The Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice CS:GO Major timed up in excess of 126 million hours of viewed content from about 195 million viewers, while the Intel® Extreme Masters SC2 Championship reached an online audience of 5 million total viewers over the duration of the tournament.

“The ESL esports week in Katowice is a guarantee of unforgettable moments and emotions, shattering expectations with record breaking attendance and viewership,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. “We’re humbled and proud to be able to come back to this audience every year and share these magic moments in the Spodek Arena with the whole esports world watching. Esports has a very exciting year ahead, which I’m very proud to say got kicked off at ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.”


2019’s Katowice CS:GO tournament was the main highlight with more than 126 million hours watched and nearly 195 million viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event),becoming the most-watched ESL CS:GO tournament ever. The tournament drew an average audience per minute (AMA) of 860,000 with a peak day of 1,330,000.


The $400,000 Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in StarCraft II was also the most viewed SC2 competition in ESL’s history. More than 5 million Unique Viewers (accumulated daily viewers over the duration of the entire event) watched Eo “soO” Yoon Soo, who had lost all 7 of the major SC2 finals he was featured in before, beating Kim “Stats” Dae-yeob 4-2 in the grand final. Fans tuned in at IEM Katowice 2019 SC2 for longer than 3.2 million hours (2018: 2.9 million HW and 3.5 million UV).

Image Copyright: ESL | Adela Sznajder

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