PGL CEO: "We are going to have up to 1 billion people following a specific esport tournament"

PGL CEO Silviu Stroie, in a commentary for the official website of his company, shared his opinion on the prospects for the development of esports tournaments. According to him, in the next few years, the attention of fans to specific events will significantly increase to reach the mark of a billion viewers.

We’re thrilled and passionate about esports growing organically and sustainably. We saw clear evidence of that at the PGL Antwerp Major, which broke records with the biggest esport audience in an indoor arena.

Currently, we’ve seen esport events reach as many as 100 million people, and I’m pretty sure that in a couple of years, we are going to have 500 million to 1 billion people following a specific esport tournament. That would mean an almost tenfold increase in viewership in the coming years.

Stroie added that the emergence of next-generation games will have a great impact on the esports industry.

The next generation of esport games will start to come out in the next few years. And this whole new generation is going to move everything to a whole new level. 2023 is already all booked out. And we are making plans for 2024.

In addition to the attendance record mentioned by the head of PGL, the recently completed PGL Major Antwerp 2022 became one of the most popular Majors in the history of CS:GO. The last event at its peak attracted slightly more than 2 million concurrent viewers.