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The grand finals saw Virtus Pro return to its winning ways after going through one of the worst slumps in the team’s history. Considered underdogs against finalists Fnatic, one of the most accomplished squads in CS:GO, the Polish side defied convention and smashed Robin “flusha” Rönnquist and his men on two consecutive maps, winning the first season of ELEAGUE and $390,000 in the process.
All-in-all the grand finals saw the Twitch broadcast peak at 168,500 viewers. In combination with the TV audience, this ultimately amounted to 48 million minutes of video content being consumed between the two mediums.
During its first week on TBS, ELEAGUE reached half a million viewers during primetime, but some skeptics were quick to compare these numbers to hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory, which previously inhabited said time slot and reached millions of viewers every week.
The CS:GO community at large appeared to embrace ELEAGUE and it shows in the data provided by Turner: Across its 10-week long season, viewers consumed a staggering 897 million minutes of content across Twitch and TBS alone, which doesn’t account for its presence on social media where the league generated a total of 60 million impressions between Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter also became a focal point in ELEAGUE’s final week, with it debuting as the first-ever live broadcast of an esports event on the platform. Together with Facebook, ELEAGUE generated a total of 5 million video views on social media, according to Turner.
Describing the figures as “strong” in their post-season report, all eyes will now be focused on ELEAGUE’s Overwatch Open tournament which will give Blizzard’s extremely popular hero shooter its television debut in September.