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IEM Katowice smashes viewership stats

IEM Katowice 2024 was an amazing CS2 occasion. It was a great pleasure to host the first major tournament of the year. Many fans tuned in to watch the action thanks to prodigies like donk and fantastic teams like FaZe Clan and G2 Esports. Specifically, the Grand Final peaked at almost one million viewers, which is quite good given that IEM Katowice was not a Major. The main attraction of IEM Katowice 2024 was Team Spirit, a Russian squad that made it all the way from the Play-In round to the championship match, where they triumphed over FaZe Clan. Continue reading this article for the best information on esports predictions!

Not to be overlooked is the performance of 17-year-old Danil “donk” Kryshkovets, a member of Team Spirit, who won his 1st career MVP award and impressed many with his stats at IEM Katowice 2024. IEM Katowice 2024 saw higher viewership than the previous year’s tournament, rising from 726.8K to 972.3K Peak Viewers (+33%). Furthermore, there was a 22% increase in the average viewership of the broadcasts.

IEM Katowice smashes viewership stats
IEM Katowice smashes viewership stats

The Katowice group stage saw higher viewership as well. Esports Charts reported on Wednesday, February 7, that average concurrents through the groups increased by 29% and that watch time increased by 11%. The increase in watch time is crucial considering the drop to MR12, which means that matches are generally shorter than they were in CS:GO with MR15. Despite this, fans were captivated for the entire glitzy event. More astonishingly, despite the absence of some of the most well-known CS:GO players and teams from the finals, a sizable audience still turned out. The new era of pro CS2 was unveiled to fans between ZywOo and Vitality’s shocking early exit, the ascent of hometown heroes ENCE, and G2’s elimination by FaZe in the quarterfinals. Spirit’s donk, who tied the record for an individual player rating at any major event, led the charge. Spirit will undoubtedly be the main attraction moving forward, if only to see the 17-year-old prodigy keep making waves on the international scene.

Spirit’s victory in the Spodek Arena marks the beginning of what promises to be an exciting 2 months of competitive CS2, with the 2nd IEM in Chengdu scheduled for April. The big one, however, comes even earlier: CS2’s first Major in Copenhagen in mid-March. Starting on Wednesday, there will be RMR qualifiers for the PGL Copenhagen Major.

Attending an esports event requires some patience and knowledge of the players. It makes sense that only about 5% of the player bases of these competitive games are interested in the professional scene, considering the age of their player bases. Of course, there are some exceptions. For example, about eight million people play Dota 2. However, The International 2023 saw 1.44 million viewers at its peak and 541.000 viewers on average. That represents a sizable portion of the player base in the game. All the ingredients are there for Counter-Strike 2 to be equally successful, but the way its events are marketed to the general public needs work.

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