There hasn't been an official announcement released yet, but it appears that the CS:GO major has broken concurrent viewing record. The $1,000,000 Valve sponsored tournament took place between January 22nd and 29th at both the E-League studios for the group stage, followed by the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta for the playoffs. Eventually won by the Danish squad of Astralis, they took down Virtus Pro 2-1 in one of the most dramatic finals in CS:GO history. Streamed across the internet on various platforms including Twitch and Youtube, the grand final was also televised worldwide via Turner. It's believed in total around 1.2 million watched via the internet, with over 1 million on TV, making a total of 2.2 million concurrent viewers. On top of breaking the concurrent record viewer by a considerable margin, it also becomes the first broadcast on a single Twitch channel to break 1 million viewers. The news was well received by the CS:GO community, including a comment by veteran journalist, Richard Lewis, who highlighted that the crackdown on skin gambling hadn't affected viewing figures.
An official report of the viewing statistics are expected to be released in the coming weeks by E-League.
Where are all these people who said CS was dead without skins gambling now? Probably watching this sick final like everyone else.— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) January 29, 2017