PGL Antwerp Major 2022 Becomes Largest Indoor Esports Event Ever

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PGL Antwerp Major 2022 Reportedly Becomes the Largest Indoor Esports Event Ever

This CS:GO Major was definitely a success!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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According to PGL, the Antwerp Major has reportedly become the largest indoor esports event ever.
PGL reported that more than 20,000 spectators watched the grand final between FaZe Clan and NAVI live from the Sportpaleis Antwerpen arena.
In total, more than 40,000 spectators came to the arena through the Champions Stage to watch the Major live.

The PGL Antwerp Major 2022 has concluded with FaZe Clan lifting the trophy and becoming the first international CS:GO roster to win a CS:GO Major. The grand finals of the tournament attracted more than 2.1 million viewers, making it the second most viewed CS:GO tournament right behind the PGL Stockholm Major 2021.

Additionally, the Antwerp Major reportedly also broke the record for the largest indoor esports tournament of all time as more than 20,000 spectators viewed the final day of the tournament from the venue itself, Sportpaleis Antwerpen.

According to the tournament organizers, a staggering 106 decibels was created by the audience gathered inside the arena, to put this into perspective a whisper is about 30 decibels, a normal conversation is about 60 decibels, and a motorcycle engine running is about 95 decibels.

Report: PGL Antwerp Major 2022 becomes the largest indoor esports event ever

The CS:GO Major which took place in Antwerp has achieved some big viewership milestones. Yes, it might not have become the most-watched CS:GO tournament ever like the Stockholm Major, as it fell short by a considerable 600,000 concurrent viewers, but it did manage to cross the two million mark during the grand final clash between NAVI and FaZe Clan.

While this is certainly worthy of appreciation, PGL has stated that this Major was also the largest indoor esports event ever with more than 20,000 viewers in attendance on the final day at the Sportpaleis Antwerpen.

Silvu Stroie - Founder and CEO of PGL said that "We have been working very hard to improve our broadcast continuously, and these numbers show us that we are on the right path."

PGL Antwerp Major 2022 - Viewership Milestone

PGL Antwerp Major 2022 - Viewership Milestone

In total over 40,000 spectators attended the event, across all days of the Champions Stage, whereas the online viewing helped the FaZe Clan vs NAVI faceoff to become the second most-watched match in the history of competitive CS:GO.

"The crowd was absolutely fantastic, and the atmosphere was maybe the best there has ever been at an event like this. Together with the entire CS:GO community, we have taken this passion of ours to entirely new heights in the past couple of months. We are incredibly grateful for all the feedback from the audience that has helped us get to this position," added Stroie.

The next CS:GO Major for the year has already been announced by ESL as IEM Rio 2022. It is all set to take place in the Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 31st October to 13th November featuring a total prize pool of $1,000,000 USD.

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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.