Intel Extreme Masters Sydney was held last month, and some impressive stats have been revealed surrounding the one of the biggest hit esports event to hit Australia.
7,500 fans descended on the venue each day, watching the matches live from the QDOS Bank Arena in Homebush. Additionally, the event’s online viewership almost doubled, boasting an online viewership increase of 75%, with over 13.5 million unique viewers tuning into the broadcast.
“Intel Extreme Masters Sydney has quickly become one of the most exciting tournaments in the region, and is a testament to the strength of the industry that is engaging more than 380 million fans around the world,” said John Bonini, Vice President/GM of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation. “At Intel, we know that the PC is the best place to game and our goal is to continue innovating in the technology that will reshape the gaming landscape.”
Fans were most vocal on Twitter this year, with the social media platform generating 35 million impressions, up from 22 million last year, you can follow the IEM twitter account to stay up to date with the latest announcements.
The ESL Women’s Sydney Open featured at the ESL Community Stage this year, social media across the ESL Community Stage saw fans engage with local content over 11,000 times on all platforms, with over 500,000 impressions delivered on local channels. Learn more about the ESL Women’s Sydney Open on the official IEM website.
“Last year’s IEM event in Sydney was a seminal moment for esports in Australia, where hosting the region’s largest ever event propelled the scene into a new era. 2018’s follow up had to be bigger, better and most of all, it had to capture the magic of the inaugural event. Everyone working at ESL had that mission front of mind in planning right through execution to the last patron leaving the venue. From talking to fans, I’m proud to say we achieved that.”