The lights are on
This past weekend marked an enormous milestone for eSports, with two records smashed. The International 2013 Dota 2 Championships were held over five days, with Alliance coming away with the $1.4 million top prize.
During the event, $2.8 million in prizes were awarded. The $1.6 million pool was enhanced by player purchases of a $10 Compendium. The Compendium, a living event program that was updated throughout the weekend, was used to bolster the pot, with $2.50 of each purchase going to the prize pool.
This Sunday on Twitch, competitive gaming events including International 2013 and the Starcraft World Championship Series welcomed over 4.5 million unique viewers who watched over 550 million minutes of programming. The average viewer stayed for two hours (which means there are some people that were glued to their computers and mobile devices all day).
By comparison, nationally televised regular season NFL games bring in an average of 16.6 million viewers (via AdWeek).
Our TakeThe biggest weekend in eSports brought in 25 percent of the viewership of a regular season NFL game. Football has national awareness, strong team loyalties based on geography, and an immense marketing budget that makes it such that even non-fans know when a game is happening.
With just a small fraction of those resources, competitive gaming rallied a huge audience. eSports might not have the front of mind recognition that the NFL does every fall, but if growth continues, it soon may. 25 percent might not seem like a lot, but when you consider the huge difference in outreach, eSports fans have a lot to crow about.
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So we getting Techies now or what??
According to Steam, I've logged about 110 hours in Dota 2 since last month. I'd wager 80 of those were spent spectating tournaments
The DOTA 2 championship was interesting to watch. I can't say it's was exciting enough for me to watch again next year. We will see e-sports has gotten drastically better recently.
As an old Dota player who has since migrated to LoL I can say the tournament was good fun to watch and has me looking forward to the LoL world championships as well. I must say the allstar game was my favorite part though just because I got too see my old friend Pudge again.
I won't spoil anything, but the winner definitely, in my completely %100 truthfully unbiased opinion of facts, would have been _________ if they had chosen Sand King every game!
Too bad Na`vi didn't won the Aegis this time around, but I'm very much proud with my boys for being in three International tournament grand finals! Their performance earlier was spectacular, but clearly the Alliance outplayed them especially in the last moments. It is definitely one of the best moments in the Dota scene right now, and I should say, even though I consider myself a huge fan of Na`vi. Good game well played Alliance! their performance was awesome too! Na`vi will surely get the win next time on TI4 when they get a new member on their team.
I invested so much time in the tournament and watched practically every game. I was so happy when my favorite team won in the finals (which were epic, by the way). I really hope I will be able to attend the event in person next year!
As a side note, according to my International courier, I have watched a total 177 games.
The viewer record... and ALL the servers!
I was just excited in the final series when the night stalker was picked. I think he's a really unique and cool hero to play just because he uses the day/night cycle.
Yeah the Twitch servers were close to exploding hah
That final match between Na'vi and Alliance was almost otherworldly.
This was probably the most amazing eSports tournament I've ever watched as well. The games were so intense and the production value was off the charts. Pretty much no down time and 0 commercials throughout the whole 5 day event plus preliminaries.
Alliance played so damn well against Na'vi in the game 5 final it was unbelievable. I'm really glad the Aegis didn't go to Na'vi again. I like it when things get stirred up.
Watched that and one some bets too. It was fun.