Day 3 of the Halo Championship Series (HCS) Kickoff Major in Raleigh broke its own previously set attendance records, peaking at 267,000 concurrent viewers. When Day 1 came and set a standard for the Halo Infinite LAN scene, the matchups on the final day set new standards. According to the Esports Charts, the tournament ended with over 113,000 average concurrent viewers during the three day event.
Break their own records
Day 1 of the HCS Raleigh event ends with over 100,000 simultaneous viewers. That was enough to beat the audience at any previous Halo event. But as the event went on and the stakes increased, more fans tuned in. Tahir Hasandjekic, the Halo Esports lead at 343 Industries who tweeted about day one viewership, saw this Record broken on the last day.
This tournament is absolutely unreal.
Approaching 200,000 concurrently across all platforms, channels and co-streamers. Records were broken. #HCS
– Tashi (@ Tashi343i) December 19, 2021
After his tweet, the event finally became cracked the 267,000 mark. Just over a quarter of a million Halo fans watched the event. Those numbers include the main streams on YouTube or Twitch, as well as the co-streams on both sides. It helped get fans of the game watching because of the free items the event offered fans. In either case, the numbers for the first event are large. The Halo 5 Championships haven’t even seen audience numbers like this.
Some other notable numbers according to the Esports Charts include fans watching over 3.6 million hours over the weekend. In addition, the most popular matches by maximum number of viewers in descending order were the final between Cloud9 and eUnited, the final of the losers between eUnited and FaZe Clan and, most recently, the newer matchup between Optic Gaming and Sentinels.
Now the year is progressing and the planned roadmap for Halo eSports continues. Only time will tell whether this high number of viewers will continue for future LAN events or whether it will carry over to online tournaments.