CS:GO sets new records
During the DreamHack Winter weekend, Counter Strike: Global Offensive has set new records in every aspect of the game, from having over 145,000 viewers to seeing over 93 thousand concurrent players in-game.
The dust is settling from the biggest tournament in Counter Strike history, and it's worth looking back at a few records the tournament has set.
We saw record number of concurrent in-game players broken a few times in November before the big event, but now coupled with the Steam Autumn sale that brought up to 75% discount to CS:GO's price, as well as community-funded DH Winter that gave the game extra attention, the number skyrocketed to 93,905 on Saturday.
Not only that, but it kept going for the past two days, seeing a peak of over 90 thousand players both on Sunday, and today.
The amount of viewers also outmatched all previous numbers by far, as we saw Saturday attract a record-breaking 145,294 spectators during the third map of the final. That number included people watching through the official GOTV and through all Twitch.tv streams connected to that GOTV.
Saturday's matches set new viewership records in CS:GO
Mostly responsible for the big surge in numbers was obviously Valve's involvement, as they firstly put up the $250,000 prize purse, and then helped run the tournament and made it easily accessible for viewing in-game.
Future plans of the Seattle-based company are unknown, but with their hands-on approach for CS:GO's biggest event so far producing great results, it is fair to assume this won't be the last and only time that happens.