Year by year we keep seeing the growing influence of eSports around the world. The biggest proof of this is the Capcom Cup 2017. This competitive event that takes place every December had doubled its viewership and audience compared to last year’s edition.
This has been announced through a post on Capcom’s Twitter account. Capcom announced that the Capcom Cup 2017 was being watched by over 2.1 Million Viewers. This shows an increment of 45% of its audience during Capcom Cup 2016.
That’s not all though, this edition of the Capcom Cup also had a higher engagement time than the previous year’s event. The “Total Minutes Watched” and “Total Unique Viewers” counts increased much to the pleasure of the team at Capcom.
To quote the statistics, the audience watched over 83 Million Minutes of video on Twitch. This increased the amount of Total Minutes Watched by 26%. All the while Concurrent Viewers had a peak of over 147,000 spectators.
Let’s remember that this was an event with a Prize Pool of over $370,000 USD. The event also had a lot of exciting matches from the best of the best in Street Fighter V. However, a player from the Dominican Republic named MenaRD surprised everyone with his Birdie play.
The 18-year-old professional player took on the top seed and triumphed over people like Daigo Umehara and Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue. This also marks the success of him over EVO 2017 champion Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi after being taken out from the Winners bracket.
Of course, we will wish the best of luck to the people at Capcom and future participants of the Capcom Cup. The influence of eSports continues increasing and you just have to look at the statistics to have a basic impression of the impact eSports has on the current world. Hopefully 2018 brings more exciting games and moments, with Dragon Ball FighterZ around the corner, it seems like a reality.