In just three months, 2019, he gave ESL (Electronic Sports League), audience numbers and appalling successes that project the group towards new goals
THE REPORT OF THE FIRST MONTHS OF 2019 OF ESL:
Players and teams from around the world competed in a wide variety of games at the prestigious Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland, for a total prize pool of $ 2.5 million. Over 174,000 fans enjoyed Dota 2, CS: GO, StarCraft 2, Fortnite and other games.
Numbers doubled for the largest sports fair in the world, IEM Expo.
The IEM tournaments for CS: GO and SC2 have broken the ESL records, achieving twice as many views and interactions than any other previous one.
Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice CS: GO Major instead has accumulated over 126 million hours of content displayed by almost 195 million viewers, while the Intel® Extreme Masters SC2 championship was seen by 5 million users.
“… our tournaments in Katowice have shattered all expectations with attendance records and views” – said Ralf Reichert, CEO of ESL – “We are humble and proud to be able to return to this audience every year and share wonderful experiences with everyone … “.
Even the IEM Expo has had a resounding success: the 26,000 square foot exhibition space was filled with exciting stands and highlighted three export stages, as well as the Intel Experience Area, an unmissable experience for enthusiasts. The second episode of the Global Esports Forum was held, with keynotes, panels and research presentations, and arguments regarding the topics of interest aimed at “Unleashing the next billions of fans.
NUMBERS WITHOUT PREVIOUS ESL:
Over three weeks, over $ 2.5 million in cash prizes were distributed to teams and players from around the world competing in a multitude of tournaments for a variety of games:
In Dota 2, the Team Secret quickly established itself as the dominant force, eventually beating CIS Gambit Esports in a 3-0 win in the Grand Finals.
The Team Secret went away not only with the title of ESL One Katowice 2019, but also with a brand new Mercedes for the winner of the MVP vote, Zai.
Astralis, probably the strongest CS: GO team in the world, faced against the popular ENCE underdog in the Major IEM Katowice 2019 Championship. Despite the superb ENCE test and results against teams of the caliber of Liquid and Na’vi, they were unable to to take a map from Astralis, losing 0-2 for the Danish juggernauts.
The IEM Season XIII Championship of StarCraft II in Katowice had a fairytale ending, with YunSu ‘soO’ Eo rising from a difficult position in the group stage by beating the current World Champion Serral in the quarter-finals, and going up from a 0-2 situation against Dae-yeob ‘Stats’ Kim to become the champion. After many years spent in 2nd place in numerous SC2 tournaments, he finally broke his “curse” and took home the prestigious IEM Katowice Trophy and $ 150,000.
Having lost Lazarus twice in previous tournaments, Team Noble was looking forward to proving himself to be the best Guns of Boom team. They did it convincingly, sweeping Lazarus 4-0 in the first Gods of Boom Kick-off in Katowice.
The Intel Challenge Katowice 2019 was a collaboration between Intel, ESL and AnyKey to advance export diversity efforts, in this case for CS.GO. Dignitas Female came second in their group but managed to defeat Counter Logic Gaming 2-0 to win the championship
In ESL Battle Royal with Fortnite, TSM’s American player Vinny ‘Vinny1x’ Gilgan was crowned the best in solo format, while Canadian Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin and his partner Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales from the United States won the tournament for two.
The next stage of IEM will be Sydney, which will celebrate the fourteenth season with the seventy-fifth episode of the longest ProGaming world circuit in the world.