IBB: We were just told the other day that by numbers, StarCraft is bigger than the NHL. If you look just as the last month, we had several live broadcasts, MLG Dallas with record breaking concurrent viewers. Even the Heart of the Swarm release was really successful, with high viewership numbers.
how many non-hockey fans can even name what teams wayne gretzky played for
Twitch probably has 12-15 other streams going when the major tournaments are going down.
Yes. A single tournament stream is probably going to get more views than a given sports game. With sports, you can get quite a few games on at or near the same time, each one with their own viewers. Try putting 10 different Starcraft matches on 10 different streams, then compare the numbers.
Still don't understand "e-sports" but the popularity is undeniable.
This cat video has 15 million views on it.
That isn't saying much. I'm sure more people follow some random cat youtube channel than hockey.
Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup had 4.93 million views.
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Omg kitties! Looks like bish is back from cutting trees and making maple syrup.
As a Canadian I never found that to be the case. Maybe its more popular where you live but honestly I have met just as many football (NFL) fans as I have met hockey fans. In fact, probably more NFL fans.
As a Canadian, this is definitely not the case here. Hockey is insane here. I recall back in highschool having numerous teachers play the radio broadcasts of in-progress hockey games provided we were quiet. I know hockey isn't as popular in the US but it seems so alien when you're living here.
Oh, lol. Well I guess Canada broke records in 2011 with 8.76 million. I guess if you figure that 2012 was in the ballpark.... then Maru still wins out.
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I'm pretty certain MLS isn't actually close to overtaking it. You're thinking of attendance numbers but it's not really comparable as the biggest hockey arena holds ~22,000 people, and ticket prices are higher on average.
The NHL is barely considered a major sport in the US anymore. That's how far they've fallen. Major League Soccer is close to overtaking them in popularity...soccer.
I want to watch Starcraft II matches? Twitch. browse. Starcraft II.