The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene has been living in the online era for more than a year, and the outcome of the 13th season of the ESL Pro League seem to have finally cemented the new status quo. All the regalia of the teams for the past seasons no longer matter, and the efficiency of the teams and their stress resistance to the endless routine have come to the fore. We tell you the main thing about the tournament and its audience statistics.
ESL Pro League has become a united tournament again — which is great
The coronavirus pandemic has not passed without a trace for anyone, including the ESL Pro League. The 11th and 12th seasons were forced to go completely online, and the international finals with participants from different countries did not take place at all, which has never happened in the history of the tournament. Teams from America, Europe, Asia and Oceania had to play only with each other, which benefited absolutely no one — neither the teams, nor the fans, nor the ecosystem of the league as a whole.
The first step is taken: the ESL Pro League is no longer divided into divisions. It remains to wait for LAN
Now almost all the top and ambitious Tier 2 teams have settled in Europe in unlimited bootcamps, and it has become easier for the organizers to hold united tournaments. So, for the first time in more than a year, the ESL Pro League united everyone in one tournament — not only all the tops of Europe, but also the Australians Renegades, and the Brazilians Team One participated in the championship. Perhaps one thing missing was teams from Southeast Asia and China, but even without them, the competition was at its limit.
The results of EPL S13 triggered a series of reshuffles
Many of those who were considered favorites of top tournaments on paper a year ago are now going through hard times. What can we expect if at least three teams from the top 10 have held or thought about some changes in the squad.
After EPL S13, it became known that the veteran of flamie team will not play for Natus Vincere at the next RMR tournament, Vitality will soon replace the RpK legend, and Astralis, according to device, has lost confidence in the strength of the current roster. And it looks like this is just the beginning.
Can RpK find a new top team? Photo: Epic Esports Events
Fnatic and Evil Geniuses also continue to face huge challenges. Rumor has it the latter will soon sign a replacement for tarik, who is expected to move to Valorant. The closure of the squad was also announced by Cloud9, which failed to assemble the "Colossus", which was so dreamed of by the management of the club represented by HenryG. Similarly, the changes continued in OG: after the NBK's kick, ISSAA was also transferred to the reserve.
Whether big-name tags will be able to regain their former power with the return of LAN is an open question. An even more important question is whether organizations will be willing to wait for the renewal of these very LANs. And if even the Astralis roster is under threat now, no one can feel safe.
Viewership statistics of the tournament
Despite the hype around the tournament, the 13th season of the ESL Pro League was unable to overtake the two previous competitions in the series in terms of peak viewers. And that's quite a wake-up call, given that EPL S13 was supposed to unite Counter-Strike fans from Brazil to Australia.
The maximum PV of ESL Pro League Season 13 broadcasts was 441.2K. The tournament could have counted on more if the most popular team in the discipline, Natus Vincere, moved a little further in the playoffs. The team of Alexander s1mple Kostylev was eliminated in the first round and as a result took only 9-12 place: for comparison, at the previous two EPL NAVI finished in the top four.
As is known, the two largest CS:GO regions in terms of the number of fans are Brazil and the CIS. Therefore, it is not surprising that the most popular match of the tournament was the confrontation between Natus Vincere and MIBR in the group stage, and precisely this game got the peak of the tournament audience.
The second most game of ESL Pro League Season 13 was the furious grand final, where Heroic and Gambit Esports met. The triumph of the Danes was simultaneously watched by more than 398K people — and it is a pity for those who did not catch on air historical in its significance and spectacularity the cadiaN's clutch, which brought the coveted trophy to Heroic. Interestingly, the grand final was only the third most popular match among Russian-speaking viewers, although a team from the CIS participated in it.
In terms of languages, the leaders, not surprisingly, were again English, Portuguese and Russian. At the same time, from tournament to tournament, the official English-language broadcasts of the championships gradually lose their absolute majority. At EPL, the main stream of the tournament accounted for 46.8% of the total hours watched of the event.
Together, the Portuguese-language and Russian-language broadcasts outrun the English-language stream. Note that Brazilian fans were more active — 27.5% of the total HW compared to 19.8%. Let us recall that Counter-Strike in Brazil is actively promoted by the local streamer Gaules, who once again became the official broadcasting partner of a major CS:GO tournament.
The most popular team of the event was Team Liquid with an average audience of 210.6K people. The team would hardly have achieved such a result if the legend of the Brazilian and world Counter-Strike scene, Gabriel FalleN Toledo, had not played there. Thanks to him, the team beat even NAVI, which became the second (the team's matches were watched by an average of 205K people).
The top 5 also includes Astralis, FURIA and Gambit Esports. It should be noted that the team of Vladislav nafany Gorshkov took the first place in terms of HW, but this is mainly due to the fact that the team played the maximum number of games at the tournament: according to this metric, Virtus.pro also entered the top.
In less than a month, the first qualifying tournaments for the next major will start, and many teams will approach it semi-assembled. ESL Pro League Season 13 revealed a lot of problems among the favorite teams, which will have to urgently change something if they want to go to Stockholm and compete for $2M.
The scene of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has become more unpredictable than ever, and the wait of the nearest LAN is incredibly agonizing. At EPL, Heroic, Gambit, FURIA and NiP performed better than the others. What will it be like for them to play offline? There are more questions than answers, but one thing is for sure: the end of spring — the beginning of summer on the stage will be incredibly hot.