COVID-19: ESL Pro League viewership 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic that spread across the world at the beginning of 2020 was not only a big threat to public health, but also to the entire entertainment industry. While cinemas and theaters closed their doors to try to stem the spread of the disease, many people turned to home entertainment and eSports during periods of self-isolation. The ESL Pro League is a professional eSports league in which some of the best gamers in the world fight it out in the popular video game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In March 2020, some 146 thousand viewers tuned into the first day of the ESL Pro League, an increase of 27 percent on the previous year's figures. This increase is no doubt partially due to the fact that the world was staying at home and using the internet more frequently as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Increase in viewership of the ESL Pro League as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide in 2019 and 2020

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Release date

March 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2019 and 2020

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