Over 2 million watched EVO 2011 tourney online

Judging by readers' warm reception of the EVO 2011 Championship Series livestream we published during the event last weekend, the number of pro fighting game spectators is rapidly expanding. According to a press release distributed by the event's organizers, a record-breaking two million-plus viewers tuned into the different brawls therein over the weekend.

Perhaps more impressive is how these two million souls took to Twitter with their enthusiasm for the participants, making the names of top-tier fighters four out of ten worldwide trending topics on the social networking platform. This might be the tournament's most impressive feat of all: For one evening, EVO 2011 managed to confuse the living hell out of everyone else on Twitter.
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Evo Championship Series 2011 Smashes Online Viewership Records

SAN JOSE-August 4, 2011 – The Evo Championship Series (www.evo2k.com), the largest fighting game tournament in the world, has beaten all previous reported records for unique online viewers of a competitive gaming event. At the Evo 2011 World Finals, held in Las Vegas, NV from July 29-31, and hosted on Ustream.tv, over 2 million unique viewers tuned in to the live stream to watch thousands of the best players from 44 countries compete in the championships.

Viewers consumed over 1.9 million hours of video content, and tuned in for an average of 55 minutes each. As the tournament unfolded, Evo also exploded on social media, with top Evo players becoming globally trending topics on Twitter (and many others trending locally). During the electrifying finals on July 31st, the fate of the finalists was so popular that four of them were trending simultaneously, making Evo players 4 of the world's top 10 trending topics on Twitter.

With over 2,400 competitors and thousands of fans in attendance, Evo 2011 was the best-attended fighting game tournament in history, as competitors battled through the double-elimination brackets for titles across Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6, and BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2.


Beginning in 1998 as a small gathering of friends in an arcade, the Evo Championship Series ("Evo") has grown to become the largest and longest running fighting game event in the world. Evo was founded with a focus on community, competition, and an providing an authentic representation of the best in the diverse and dynamic global fighting game scene.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.