Evo 2011 Attracted 2 Million Online Viewers

by Jeff Cork on Aug 04, 2011 at 09:06 AM

The Evo Championship Series is the go-to tournament for fighting-game fans, with players gathering in Las Vegas to show off their prowess across a variety of games. This year's event, which concluded Sunday, was the biggest one yet, say organizers, with 2,400 players and a record-smashing number of viewers watching live streams of the matches.

More than 2 million unique viewers watched the tournaments, consuming more than 1.9 million hours of video. Enthusiasm grew over the weekend to the extent that four of the final participants were in the top trending topics on Twitter.

The event has grown from its humble beginnings in 1998 as a gathering of friends to its current status of being the preeminent fighting-game event. This year's matches included bouts of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs. Capcom 3. and Tekken 6.