Posted By Eli Smith

ESL’s CS:GO Pro League Sees Double-Digit Growth

The Electronic Sports League (ESL), an eSports league operated by Turtle Entertainment in Cologne, Germany, has reported double-digit growth across all viewership metrics. This is the product’s most successful cycle to date, with a peak year-on-year growth of over 44% for online content. This is according to a recent press release.

Globally, season viewership saw a 40% increase, reaching more than 61 million online sessions with over 1.2 million unique viewers tuning in for the final day of the tournament alone – an increase of over 30%. An average of 180 thousand people tuned in for each match throughout the third season of the ESL CS:GO Pro League, which when combined with the sold-out London area marks the largest UK viewership of a first person shooter event in the industry.

“The ESL CS:GO Pro League’s continued and consistent growth and evolution is something that we are immensely proud of,” said Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL. “It is a testament to the product that in a community as rich and diverse in competition as the Counter-Strike one, the ESL Pro League continues to perform at the pinnacle.”

Throughout the season finals in London, content shared through Facebook amassed a total of 5.3 million views. A combined total of over 39 million impressions were recorded on ESL-owned social media, with an astounding 5.7 million engagements fostered on Twitter and Facebook. Peak interactions were reached during the closing games of the tournament when Luminosity Gaming beat out G2 Esports in a five-game series to take home the US$200,000 lion’s share of the US$750,000 season’s prize pool.

For more information regarding the ESL CS:GO Pro League, please visit the official website. Video footages of the event can be found on ESL’s YouTube channel with photography available on Flickr. You can also watch events on their Twitch page or follow them on Twitter.

Eli Smith is a writer with a strong love for the video games industry originally from Alliance, Nebraska. One day he hopes to make a career out of Video Game Journalism. Until that day he does it in his spare time as a volunteer. He's had experience on a student newspaper, radio, and YouTube.

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