ESL Pro League Season 11 Breaks Viewership Records
COVID-19 isn’t going to stop the ESL Pro League from putting on incredible esports action in Season 11. We learned today that their concurrent viewers across all platforms was 489,120. The average minute audience for the league was 164,494, a 215.5% increase from Season 10.
Changes for the World Around Them Equals Success
Adapt or be left behind. Not my words, the words of HHH when he founded the Evolution stable! That’s what the ESL Pro League did for Season 11 due to the COVID-19 concerns. They had to make some changes but the numbers don’t lie. Average Minute Audience (AMA) is a go-to stat right now for esports leagues. It gives fairly accurate comparisons to other leagues and how viewership is tracked.
Though we have no idea what the AMA numbers are for other leagues (Overwatch, Call of Duty, League of Legends), what we understand is that they see increased viewership. The ESL Pro League held the top spot on Twitch for three consecutive weeks for Season 11, too. In the actual game CS:GO, one million concurrent players also broke records for the first time in March.
“As a founding member of ESL Pro League we are extra pleased with the immense growth of the league,” said Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, chief gaming officer of Fnatic. It’s clear that the fans truly value the quality of the teams and players competing. Together with ESL and the other members, we look forward to tweaking the product further and getting back even stronger for Season 12.”
ESL has competition right now with Flashpoint, despite their setbacks and the rise of Valorant. The ESL Pro League needed something in Season 11 to stay at the top of the food chain. The Louvre Agreement helped this by having 13 partner teams sign on for ESL.
Valorant is constantly compared to CS:GO right now. Only time will tell how true that remains. The Louvre Agreement gives the ESL Pro League structure. The ESL is not at all without its drama and problems though, especially with Valve’s hands-off approach in major incidents that crop up from time to time. But it sounds to us like things are going pretty great for CS:GO’s ESL Pro League though. It doesn’t seem like Flashpoint is matching their numbers. We’ll have to see how Valorant goes, if it dies as a flash in the pan or gives CS:GO the serious competition it needs. Competition can make games and esports better or they can fold under the pressure.
But for now, things are looking very bright for the ESL Pro League.