Brazil received for the first time the ESL One championship, of the Counter Strike: Global Offense Major circuit. From June 15 to 17, Brazilian eSport fans watched the 8 best CS teams in the world battle for the US$ 200,000 prize.
Ginásio do Mineirinho received 11,500 fans, its maximum capacity, in each of the days of competition. Online, ESL One Belo Horizonte registered more than 43 million active sessions, with a peak of 583 thousand simultaneous viewers.
In total, more than 7.5 million hours of content were consumed online.
Compared with the previous tournament in Brazil, CS: GO Pro League Season Four Finals, which took place in São Paulo in 2016, ESL One BH audience was 166% larger in the total number of sessions, and 53% higher in the number of spectators simultaneously.
"Brazilian fans have exceeded expectations," said Ulrich Schulze, senior vice president of products at ESL. "South America, especially Brazil, has great importance in the eSports industry. We are pleased to support the growth of the local community."
The ultimate goal of the best in the world is the ESL One Cologne 2018. The tournament took place at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, the eSports Mecca, during July 6-8, and distributed US$ 1 million in prizes.