FaZe vs NAVI Antwerp Major Final Becomes Second-Most Viewed CS:GO Match Ever

The series was an edge of the seat thriller!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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FaZe vs NAVI Antwerp Major Final Attracts More Than 2 Million Viewers


The grand final clash between FaZe Clan and NAVI at the PGL Antwerp Major 2022 attracted more than two million viewers.
It became the second most viewed CS:GO match ever, trailing the grand final match between G2 Esports and NAVI at the PGL Stockholm Major 2021.
NAVI was hands down the most popular team in the Champions Stage, attracting more than a million viewers in each of its matches against Heroic, ENCE, and FaZe.

The grand finals of the PGL Antwerp Major 2022 between FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere (NAVI) was a satisfying watch from start to finish. NAVI put on quite the fight but FaZe was simply a step ahead in all aspects this time around and went on to lift the trophy and become the first international CS:GO lineup ever to win a Major.

With two of the top-ranked teams in the world taking on each other in the finals of a Major, the match was bound to attract a lot of viewers. The FaZe-NAVI faceoff ended up becoming the second-most viewed CS:GO match ever as it reached a peak of 2,048,282 concurrent viewers during the series, according to the data obtained from Esports Charts.

With this, the Antwerp Major became the second most successful Major in terms of viewership, right behind the PGL Stockholm Major 2021 which had garnered a staggering peak of 2,748,434 concurrent viewers during the grand final clash between G2 Esports and NAVI.

PGL Antwerp Major 2022: FaZe-NAVI breaks past the 2 million viewer mark during the grand final

The PGL Antwerp Major 2022, after weeks of high octane action, reached its conclusion yesterday with FaZe Clan being crowned as the champions and Karrigan at 32 years of age becoming the oldest CS:GO player to achieve this feat. He was finally able to get his hands on the coveted trophy alongside rain, following the duo's unfortunate grand final loss against Cloud9 more than four years ago during ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018.

While FaZe Clan had its own motivation spurring them on for the final clash, NAVI was ready for the challenge as well, eyeing its second consecutive Major title after having lifted the trophy in Stockholm last year.

The high stakes grand final between the two top ranked teams in the world with their own set of interesting storylines attracted more than two million viewers, making the PGL Antwerp Major 2022 the second most viewed CS:GO Major in history.

On the final day of the tournament, an average of 1,095,675 viewers were witnessed during FaZe vs NAVI with the top three languages being English, Russian, and Portuguese.

  • English Peak: 1,008,800 Viewers

  • Russian Peak: 502,370 Viewers

  • Portuguese Peak: 283,979 Viewers

  • Twitch Peak: 1,661,057 Viewers

  • YouTube Peak: 226,062 Viewers

CS:GO Major viewership comparison

While the FaZe-NAVI bout was the most viewed series of the tournament, NAVI was hands down the most famous team during the Champions Stage (Playoffs) of the tournament and the following viewer stats reflect the same,

  • FaZe vs NAVI Peak: 2,048,282 Viewers

  • ENCE vs NAVI Peak: 1,161,446 Viewers

  • Heroic vs NAVI Peak: 1,148,742 Viewers

  • FaZe vs Spirit Peak: 1,135,068 Viewers

  • G2 vs FURIA Peak: 1,114,137 Viewers

The first Major of the year was perfect. It had lots of interesting storylines to offer, was a nightmare for the community Pick'Em predictions due to how stacked it was, and it crowned a new champion.

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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.