For some, the thought of professional gaming seems absolutely silly, but thanks to a recent Major League Gaming (MLG) report, millions are beginning to check out what it has to offer.
MLG announced today that the 2011 Pro Circuit season was the largest season in e-sports history with more than 3.5 million unique viewers during combined Pro Circuit weekends.
The event, held in Rhode Island last month, drew 241,000 peak online viewers that watched more than 3.5 million hours of video. Viewers came from 175 countries, which is ridiculous for an event that once seemed minimal for the gaming industry.
CEO of Major League Gaming, Sundance DiGiovanni, explained the record setting numbers saying, "Our viewership numbers this year have been staggering and MLG now pulls in larger audiences than several traditional television cable networks. Our live streams of the Pro Circuit National Championships garnered more 18-24 male viewers than Comedy Central, MTV, TBS, and FX draw in an average quarter hour and nearly as many as Adult Swim.”
Below is the official MLG statement in photo format: