ESL and Intel hosted two huge esports events mere weeks ago in the form of ESL One Katowice and the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice in Poland, and now both companies have revealed that over the course of both weekends 169,000 fans filled the Spodek Arena to watch the competitions.
Over $2 million USD was distributed to players in Dota 2, CS:GO, StarCraft II, PUBG, and more as well, which makes this ESL's largest ever cumulative prize pool, $500,000 of which went to CS:GO teams, while $400,000 went to StarCraft II players.
"With another successful double-weekend Katowice event in the books, we continue to expand our commitment to showcasing legendary gameplay and providing our audience with an amazing esports experience," said Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL. "We couldn't have asked for a more exciting finale this year, and we are proud to have helped create these memories for both the audience at Spodek Arena, as well as the entire esports world that tuned-in to watch the action."
For the first weekend there was a peak of 2.2 million online viewers, and on the second weekend there was a peak of 1.7 million, meaning there was an 80% and 26% growth from last year's weekends respectively. What's more is that streams, highlight videos, and features on Twitter and Facebook for both events had 187 million impressions and 9.3 million engagements combined.
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