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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.
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I watched it off and on, there was some good stuff. I'm looking forward to more broadcasts in the future.
AE and Mahvel hype! Top 8 was too good.
I watched! It was great!
My brother and I enjoyed the hell out of the Smash Bros. Melee finals. It was really cool seeing how those elite players used characters like Jigglypuff, Peach, and Ice Climbers, characters who I never thought of as top tier.
After that was over, we ended up breaking out the Gamecube and playing some Melee ourselves. It was a good Sunday.
Man I wish I could go to these things...everybody hates Idaho :/
I've been watching EVO for 4 years now and I always enjoy it. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom are by far my favorite tournaments to watch.
Tried to watch it, not my thing. If I'm going to watch someone play a game it will be for the cut-scenes and story, not who can hit their combo fastest. Get's that's the casual gamer in me
This was the first evo I watched and I was hyped! Can't wait till next year! All trolls-get slain!!
Ha, to bad I missed it /:
I was only able to catch the last 90 minutes of Street Fighter IV. It was really intense and worth my time:)
I think what really made people viewed this more was the smash bros. Cause after a long time of disappearance, it came back with most viewed in 2nd place beating SFIV which is newer than SSBM.