FACEIT is pleased to reveal that the Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 6 Finals was officially the most watched CS:GO livestream ever broadcast on YouTube, with a peak concurrent viewership of 233,950 on the English language broadcast. The Season 6 Finals saw the highest peak concurrent viewership of any previous ECS English language stream and saw 3.2 million hours watched, with fans watching 2.4 million during the Finals. YouTube has been the exclusive broadcast partner of ECS since Season 4 in 2017 and the monumental viewership figures recorded for Season 6 represent the continued success of the partnership.
“We’re constantly working with YouTube to bring our fans the best possible viewing experience and to see that effort reflected in such phenomenal viewing figures is extremely rewarding,” said Michele Attisani, CBO and co-founder of FACEIT. “The ever increasing ECS viewership proves the immense strength of YouTube as an esports viewing platform and we’re excited to keep building that audience together. We’re continually developing new ways to engage with our viewers such as the loot drop system we introduced in Season 4.”
ECS is FACEIT’s own independent CS:GO league and one of the most prestigious events in the esports calendar. ECS was the first professional esports league to offers teams co-ownership and revenue share, giving teams and players seats on the league’s governing committee to help decide key aspects of the league, including regulatory framework, integrity, players’ welfare, holidays, and best practices.
The ECS Season 6 Finals took place in the brand new Esports Stadium Arlington from 22-25th November and saw Danish powerhouses Astralis take home the lion’s share of the $660,000 USD prize pool in an electrifying grand final against MIBR.
For more information on the Esports Championship Series, visit www.csgoleague.com or follow the league on Twitter (@ECS).