Dragon Ball FighterZ breaks the record for EVO's highest watched game on Twitch ever

With roughly 258,000 concurrent viewers, the event even briefly surpassed Fortnite in the number of eyes watching

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 7, 2018 at 7:21 a.m. PDT

There's no denying Dragon Ball FighterZ's popularity or success. For the first time in EVO history, a fighting game that wasn't part of the Street Fighter series had the highest number of entrants ready to compete.

While Dragon Ball FighterZ had 2,530 players at this year's EVO, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's numbers were at 2,421. Notably, Street Fighter 5 still held the highest number of unique competitors which shows that there is a lot of interest in the Dragon Ball series from multiple fighting game communities.

Apparently, this isn't the only EVO record that Dragon Ball FighterZ was able to break this year. According to Githyp, — via VG247 — Dragon Ball FighterZ's EVO viewers on Twitch were the highest that EVO has ever accrued.

What's interesting here is the fact that Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's numbers during the first two days of EVO were actually more than double of Dragon Ball FighterZ's. Not only did viewers see the hype sets between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1 in the grand finals, but we also got the reveal of Cooler as Dragon Ball FighterZ's next DLC character after Base Form Goku and Base Form Vegeta are released.

At the moment that EVO's viewer count exceeded 258,000, it actually exceeded the numbers of Fortnite. Since Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition was the final game of the night, it's numbers peaked at 215,000 viewers before dropping off to approximately 170,000 as the tournament went into the a.m. for many of those watching.

With that said, it seems that all the main stage fighting games saw an increase in numbers compared to 2017's viewership. Given, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's numbers were apparently boosted thanks to the attention that popular stream Ninja was giving it.

In the end, this is most certainly showing a growth for fighting games. It's no wonder that gaming companies are interested in announcing post launch content, new titles, and pro tours at this major event.

Even Nintendo had some sort of presence this year. For the first time ever, Nintendo actually made an announcement at EVO despite never showing too much official support for the eSports scene — or even competition in general — of Super Smash Bros. outside of pot bonuses.

Of course, this was only an announcement of an announcement. We'll be getting a Super Smash Bros. focused Direct on August 8th.

We'll have to see what this means for the fighting game community in the long run.

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