So far, it’s been successful, with the recent Minors at Twickenham Stadium breaking viewership records.
Excluding Chinese viewership, the total hours watched across all of the regional Minors added up to 6.4 million, three times the number of hours watched for the last Minors.
The FACEIT London Minors for each region were very popular, especially the European one
Of the four regions involved, Asia, CIS, Americas, and EU, the European Minor was the most watched, with 4.3 million hours.
At peak, the EU Minor had 147,000 concurrent viewers, and it had 82,000 average viewers, excluding Chinese viewership. Both of these numbers are also triple what was seen at the last two European Minor qualifiers.
The winning teams from each Minor received $50,000, and the top two crucially secured spots in the $1 million FACEIT London Major in September.
Twickenham Stadium, which hosted the Minors, will also play host to the Challengers and Legends stages of the Major, before the finals are held at the SSE Arena.
‘We wanted to give the FACEIT Minors a big tournament feel and the teams really responded and raised their game. The viewership for the entire circuit has completely exceeded our expectations which is a testament to the level of CS:GO we’ve seen throughout,’ said Michele Attisani, FACEIT Co-Founder & CBO.
‘We’ve also had awesome feedback from players on the tournament as a whole and Twickenham have really pulled out all the stops for us, we can’t wait to return in September for the next leg of the Major.’
The Challengers Stage will take place from September 5-9, and the Legends Stage will run from September 12-16.
A lot of people tuned in to watch Ninjas in Pyjamas reach their first Major for a long time
The eight teams which made it to the Major from the Minors are: Ninjas in Pyjamas, compLexity Gaming, HellRaisers, Renegades, OpTic Gaming, Rogue, Team Spirit, and TyLoo.
They’ll be joining The New Challengers: Gambit Esports, Vega Squadron, Space Soldiers, BIG, Astralis, Team Liquid, North, and Virtus.pro.
Plus, the Current Legends: Cloud9, FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, MIBR, mousesports, Winstrike Team, G2 Esports, and Fnatic.
The 24 teams will be competing for a prize pool of $1 million, with $500,000 going to the overall winner.
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