The Counter-Strike Global Offensive Major is currently underway in London. The tournament is still in its penultimate stage – The New legends Stage – where the top sixteen teams are competing for a spot in the playoffs. Counter-Strike Global Offensive has only two majors in a calendar year, with one Major held in North America and other is usually in Europe.
The FaceIT London Major has a prize pool of $1,000,000. It already has over 4.3 million hours watched, peak 147k concurrent views and 82k average viewers. These numbers are without the Chinese viewers which add a huge boost to the viewership numbers.
Sky Sports will broadcast CS: GO for the first time
Sky Sports will be streaming the FaceIT London Major live on television. This is the first time that Sky will be streaming competitive Counter-Strike. It is indeed a sign of the acceptance for esports’ growth.
Currently, the biggest source of watching the CS: GO Major is via online live streaming websites such as Twitch and Youtube Gaming. The Valve Major is already seeing big numbers on both these platforms.
Bringing the FACEIT London Major to an entirely new audience is extremely exciting for us/ We have been working closely with the team at Sky to ensure all of their content is both accessible and entertaining. It’s essential we strike that balance between offering enough CS: GO information to ensure viewers understand what’s going on, whilst maintaining the entertainment value that keeps fans absorbed
Michele Attisani, CBO & Co-Founder of FACEIT.
Sky Sports is no stranger to broadcasting esports. We have seen FIFA as well as League of legends on their channels before. The Esports section for Skysports had its launch in 2016. However, this is the first time that CS: GO can be seen on Skysports.
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Georgie Faulkner accepts the fact that FaceIT Major is one of the biggest esports events. His excitement about broadcasting CSGO for the first time is evident in his statement below.
FACEIT Major is one of the world’s biggest esports events, and we’re delighted to be able to bring the London finals to a whole new audience. We’re no stranger to the world of esports, but this is the first time we have broadcast competitive CS: GO and we can’t wait to get started. With a sold-out SEE Wembley Arena and some of the biggest names in the game, we’re sure our viewers will love it.
Georgie Faulkner Sky Sports’ Head of Multi Sports.
Sky Sports will air multiple programmes featuring the FaceIT London Major. They will also have exclusive content including a one-hour documentary which will outline the road to the Major. The live broadcast of the finals will be on Skysports.com, SkySports youtube channel as well as their FaceBook channels. Sky Sports will also have a post-event segment featuring the most exciting plays at 11 pm [local time] on Sky Two.