New York Super Week is getting closer and organizers at ReedPOP, along with Twitch and ESL, have announced the largest in-person competitive gaming event ever to be held in The Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 9-10.
ESL, the world’s largest independent eSports brand, will host their next groundbreaking Dota 2 tournament in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Dota 2 will be the premiere interactive entertainment event during ReedPOP’s inaugural New York Super Week. As the largest in-person competitive gaming event ever held on the East Coast, thousands of video game enthusiasts will watch the top eSports teams in the world compete in the finals of a global Dota 2 tournament. In partnership with Twitch, the world’s leading online video platform and community for gamers, the event will be live broadcast on ESL’s Twitch channel.
New York Super Week is a 10-day long festival with over 60 nerdy, geeky and cool pop culture events across all five boroughs of New York City in the lead up to the 2014 edition of New York Comic Con. This prestigious event will feature eight of the top Dota 2 teams in a battle for $100,000. Details about the roster and information about invitees and qualification will be released in the coming weeks.
The event comes off the back of ESL One Frankfurt, which took place on June 28th and 29th this year. That competition saw eight teams take to the stage in a World Cup Football stadium (Commerzbank-Arena, Germany) for an event that broke viewership and attendance numbers worldwide. Over 12,500 visitors attended the stadium each day to watch the action unfold live on a 412m2 screen, with an additional peak of over 500,000 concurrent viewers watching the show online.
Twitch has worked with ESL since 2011. Since that time, enthusiasts from over 180 countries have tuned in to watch ESL’s content on Twitch. Twitch recorded a peak of over 280,000 concurrent viewers on a single stream during IEM Cologne in 2013. This was broken only a few months later during the IEM Katowice 2014, when the concurrent viewership in the Western world peaked at 643,000 across all games at the event.
“eSports are not only rivaling traditional sporting events, they’re eclipsing them, especially when it comes to the live online viewership numbers on Twitch,” said Kevin Lin, COO, Twitch. “In partnership with ReedPOP and ESL, we’re bringing to the US more of what the audience wants – big events at historical venues. This ESL One milestone-setting Madison Square Garden event is testament to the future of the eSports industry.”
To find out more about the tournament, visit esl-one.com.