ESL announced it has delivered the biggest and most-watched Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event ever as it attracted over 11,000 visitors per day and over 27 million unique viewers on Twitch.
The event took place in Cologne’s Lanxess Arena where Swedish team Fnatic defeated French team EnVyUS in the final, netting the team the $250,000 prize pool that was up for grabs.
Outside of the tournament itself, ESL One Cologne was able to turn a standard eSports event into an eSports festival. Visitors were able to partake in a number of festival-like activities, such as Bullriding, rock climbing, and being able to get an airbrush tattoo. Since it was a Counter-Strike event, we have a feeling thousands of fans went home with an Andre the Giant “Obey” airbrush tattoo.
The next ESL One event will take place at New York Super Week on October 3rd and 4th where Dota 2 will take center stage at Madison Square Garden Theater.
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It's crazy how big they made it with CS:GO. Never thought there was still so much passion for that game out there, but I guess it's a style of game you can't find anywhere else so there's always an audience.
I would not have thought it was that big.
I had thought it's constant position in the Top Sellers list must have been marketing magic rather than real sales but maybe there is something to it.
We now have many games which are solely multiplayer games and CS was one of the first major ones. Selling CS:GO as an upgrade to CS which runs on a toaster and keeping the price so low that it is in everyone's Steam account keeps it in the spotlight. Counterstrike has been around for 15 years so should have picked up a strong following by now and I would not expect a new update for another 5 years.