If there is a record for the number of times breaking your own records, then Major League Gaming must be closing in on it. They continually set new records for viewership throughout the 2011 Pro Circuit and recently announced that last weekend's Spring Championship in Anaheim was the largest North American eSports event ever.
According to an official press release, more than 4.7 million unique viewers watched online throughout the weekend. Compare this to the fact that 3.5 million unique viewers tuned in for all of the 2011 Pro Circuit weekends combined. There were 2.2 million unique online viewers for Championship Sunday alone. Talk about a huge event!
The peak concurrent viewers online at any given time was 437,000. Compare this with the previous MLG record: 241,000 during the National Championships in November 2011.
When all was said and done, over 5.4 million hours of video were consumed. And that's not all. There were also over 20,000 spectators in attendance at the event itself. It is clear that the world of eSports is growing and Major League Gaming is leading the way.
It will be interesting to see if this huge growth rate can continue for the upcoming MLG Summer Season. The Spring Championship featured StarCraft II, League of Legends, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur V, and King of Fighters XIII. Imagine what the numbers could have been like had there also been a Halo: Reach tournament?
In case you missed the action or just want to relive it, there are video on demand rebroadcasts of MLG Anaheim at www.mlg.tv/vod.