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The online game streaming site Twitch.tv says that the interest in this year's EVO game tournament drove online viewer numbers to new heights.The EVO Championship series drew, in total, 1.7 million unique viewers. The most popular match of the weekend was Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, with 144,848 people viewing at one time (Super Smash Bros. Melee and Street Fighter IV each garnered 134,00 and 125,000 concurrent viewers, respectively).Destructoid reports that Twitch.tv says that the viewership was up over 50 percent over last year's EVO tournament, setting a new record of the popular game streaming site.[Source: Destructoid]
Our TakeCompetitive gaming's growth continues. It's good news for both the industry and the legion of (mostly) young (mostly) men who make some or all of their living playing games. One thing appears clear: competitive gaming's home is on the Internet, as Twitch.tv and similar services seem to be where it's thriving, as opposed to past unsuccessful attempts to bring it to broadcast television. Competitive gaming might never be a cable TV staple like traditional sports, and that's okay – it doesn't need to be.