Mike Stubbs . Tournaments . Thursday 30th March 2017 . 07:13
The 2017 Halo World Championships that took place last weekend have become the biggest Halo event ever in terms of viewership.
At its peak the streams for the Halo World Championships hit over 135,000 concurrent viewers across Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Beam. Beam is Microsoft’s Twitch competitor if you were confused.
This makes it the most watched Halo event in history, beating out last year’s world championships and the many MLG events form a few years back.
In total more than 13 million unique viewers tuned in over the weekend, with a massive 10.3 million of those tuning in through Twitter. This probably isn't surprising as seemingly everyone on Twitter was greeted with a message about the event when they loaded up the site.
OpTic Gaming ended up winning the event with a decisive 4-0 victory over Team EnVyUs in the final. The same group of players have now won the Halo World Championship two years running.
“It’s been amazing to be a part of the Halo esports scene and we’re happy to have delivered the Halo Championship 2017 Finals to a record-breaking digital audience,” said Timo Karamustafa, senior product manager at ESL. “A huge thanks to the dedicated fans and the talented players that made the event a success and congratulations to the back-to-back world championship roster of OpTic Gaming on their win.”
“Thank you to everyone who tuned in over the weekend, those in attendance, our fantastic partners at ESL, and an extra special thank you to all the players from around the world who competed in this tournament,” said 343 Industries esports producer Tahir Hasandjekic. “We know fans want the very best for Halo esports and the Halo Championship Series team is working to build and create great experiences in the coming year through bigger crowdfunded open events for HCS Pro League and Open Circuit 2017.”