ESL Draws Nearly 2 Million From CS:GO Tournament Broadcasts On Twitch


ESL Earned Nearly $2 Million From CS:GO Tournament Broadcasts on Twitch According to Leaks

The leaked Twitch data has revealed ESL's earning via the streaming platform.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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ESL's earnings were revealed through their Twitch channel 'ESL_CSGO' which broadcasted CS:GO tournaments from Aug 2019 to Oct 2021.
The tournament organizer has earned nearly $2 million USD in the past 26 months through Twitch.
They were ranked 29th amongst the top hundred highest paid streamers / stream channels included in the leaked Twitch data.

One of the largest streaming platforms in the world Twitch reportedly suffered a massive leak yesterday on 6th October 2021, revealing streamer payouts amidst other crucial information. This leaked information contained ESL's earning from Twitch for having broadcasted all their tournaments exclusively via the platform. The payout reportedly amounts to about $1,903,580.27 USD from August 2019 to October 2021.

The channel 'ESL_CSGO' was ranked 29th amongst the top hundred highest paid streamers / stream channels for the 26 month duration specified above. For perspective, this amount is as much as the total prize pool of the upcoming PGL Major Stockholm 2021, which is the first CS:GO Major to take place in more than two years.

ESL earns more than 1.9 million from Twitch in 26 months

ESL has established itself as one of the leading tournament organizers for competitive CS:GO. Since August 2019 they have organized multiple huge tournaments for the Valve shooter. ESL even adapted accordingly to the online phase of the game as well. A list of CS:GO events from August 2019 to October 2021 looks as follows,

All the tournaments combined have resulted in a successful phase for CS:GO despite undergoing the transition from LAN to Online, which now is heading towards its first CS:GO Major in more than two years - PGL Major Stockholm 2021.

It has also managed to beat Riot Games which had a reported payout of $1,052,571.76, ranking them 75th overall on the list which includes other names of the likes of xQc, summit1g, shroud, and other popular creators.

ESL's payout through Twitch in the 26 months

According to a report by Video Games Chronicle, the now publicly available data is legitimate. An anonymous source told the publication that Twitch is aware of the breach and the data was obtained on Monday. The leak reportedly includes:

  • The entirety of Twitch’s source code including comment history

  • Creator payout reports from 2019 and beyond

  • Twitch clients for all platforms

  • Proprietary software development kits

  • An unreleased Steam competitor codenamed Vapor

  • Internal security tools

ESL will be conducing a few more CS:GO tournaments before the end of the year and it has also announced its competitive schedule for the 2022 season.

ESL 2022 CS:GO Competitive Calendar

This includes the plan for hosting multiple LAN tournaments alongside coordinating with Valve for hosting a CS:GO Major in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.