Fighting game community knocked it out of the park as nearly two million people watched EVO on ESPN2, see viewership details here

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 1, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. PDT

We all knew it was a landmark happening for the fighting game community when we first caught wind that ESPN2 would be broadcasting Street Fighter 5 finals for EVO 2016, but none of us could be certain as to just how popular this broadcast would be to the more casual crowd.


Yes, having the FGC on cable television was certainly fun and exciting, but this would also be a crucial moment on the community's timeline as we march into eSports territory. Not only was this an opportunity to take major steps forward, it was also an opportunity to fail right in front of ESPN.

The comfortable viewing platform is certainly Twitch, where most all the FGC is used to viewing most any event, and where they can also contribute to the action in a small way via the public chat.

The dust has now settled, and we're happy to report that things went exceptionally well on the cable television front.

Yesterday Mr. Wiz revealed on his Twitter that the ESPN2 from EVO numbers came back. You'll see Wiz's tweet revealing the specifics and average active watch time in the image below:

EVO numbers on ESPN image #1
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With a success like this, we hope to see more ventures in the near future with partners like ESPN.

Image source: Karaface. Submitted by IkeMoses and nightmaresteam.

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