The Intel Extreme Masters world tour stopped in Katowice, Poland and broke records for live viewers in Europe.
Turtle Entertainment has released some amazing viewing numbers from this weekend’s global elite pro gaming Intel Extreme Masters stop in Katowice, Poland. The previous European record held for highest number of viewers watching an Intel Extreme Masters event concurrently stood at 267,000. This record was achieved by the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at March 10, 2012. On Sunday, January 20, 2013 the Intel Extreme Masters had the most people ever watching an Intel Extreme Masters stop, when 320,000 people tuned in online to see Gambit Gaming take on Azubu Frost in League of Legends and Cho “Dream” Joong Hyuk beat Won “PartinG” Lee Sak in StarCraft II.
"Creating such an ambitious global concept is always exciting and when it breaks records and enjoys this kind of success, it affirms you are getting it right,” said George Woo, Event & Sponsorship Programs Marketing Manager at Intel.
This big reach was possible through the Twitch.tv network, the leading global video platform for gamers. On that Sunday, the playoffs were played as well. In League of Legends, the Russian team of Gambit Gaming continued its strong Intel Extreme Masters reputation by winning their third Intel Extreme Masters event after beating the Korean sister teams of Azubu Frost and Azubu Blaze in the Semi-Finals and Grand Final, respectively. In StarCraft II, the Korean professional gamers reigned supreme with Kang “First” Hyun Woo winning the Grand Final over Cho “Dream” Joong Hyuk.