This past weekend the Intel Extreme Masters made its way to Oakland, with 6,500 viewers watching the action from inside the Oracle Arena, including victories for Ninjas in Pyjamas in CS:GO and Unicorns of Love in League of Legends, not to mention the extension of rivalry between Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, into the realm of LoL.
Statistics about IEM Oakland have been released by ESL, and it was certainly popular elsewhere too. Streaming of the tournament took place in 14 different languages and the tournament peaked at 490,000 concurrent viewers worldwide. Online viewers watched a combined 6.4 million hours of content, with 130,000 unique viewers tuning in through VR, provided by Sliver.TV.
"We have put an amazing tournament in the Bay Area for a third year in a row and our continued success shows the tremendous potential of esports," Michal Blicharz, vice president of pro gaming at ESL, commented. "Holding marquee events like IEM brings true fans together, both in person and online, to join in the excitement at a global scale. We look forward to enhancing these premiere experiences in future events for both players and fans."
"Thank you to the thousands of energetic fans who joined us at Oracle Arena for IEM Oakland, and to the millions who followed the online livestreams," said esports marketing manager for Intel George Woo. "Intel Extreme Masters continues to be a fantastic showcase for Intel's innovative gaming products that are the backbone of any esports experience. Congrats to the winners and we look forward to connecting with everyone at IEM Gyeonggi in December."
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