YouTube’s Exclusive CSGO Stream Loses Viewership

CSGO has always been the underdog (compared to other Esports) as far as viewership numbers go. But recently YouTube purchased exclusive display rights to the ESL Pro League. The move has seen viewership numbers fall further, and people in the industry are concerned. People just aren’t tuning into YouTube’s CSGO Stream.

Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer of Heroic gave an interesting video interview recently after his team decimated SK Gaming at the ELEAGUE. Snappi leads the team in-game. He touched upon a range of interesting topics, and CSGO viewership was one of them.

Heroic’s defeating SK Gaming near the end of September was a surprise to viewers across the world. SK Gaming is supposed to be the highest ranked team in the world. But they do have a tendency to lose matches when they play against teams that rank very much lower.

Either they’re really, really unreliable, or they like betting on the other team.

Anyway, Heroic defeated SK Gaming at the end of September, and are now in the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Premier.

CSGO Stream Heroic

Image Credit: ELEAGUE

Is YouTube’s CSGO stream losing viewership serious?

According to Snappi, it is. He said that he felt that most of the CSGO community was centered on and used to Twitch, for many reasons.

For one thing, people are just not used to events being streamed other than on Twitch, and just may not be aware of it when an event goes live elsewhere.

This means that CSGO loses out massively on viewership when an event is streamed on YouTube.

How does one correct this?

Through proper advertising of the CSGO stream, possibly.

Of course, Majors still draw a concentration of viewers, but we’ve seen viewership numbers fall for lesser events.

Snappi feels that another thing that Valve could do is to increase in-game features that contribute to viewership, much like games such as Dota or LoL do.

Snappi feels that Valve should approach the structure of Dota 2. However, he thinks there isn’t much chance of that happening.

Many dedicated CSGO stream viewers like the relaxed approach that Twitch has to chat, as opposed to YouTube’s more stringent norms. Other traditional viewers may simply dislike the YouTube interface.

Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer on their win against SK

Snappi feels that their win is proof that the hard work the team has been putting in is finally paying off.

Well, one certainly can’t argue with that. The team has been playing in excellent form lately, and have had a series of good wins.

Snappi talks of betting and Skins

Snappi feels that skins have helped grow the CSGO community, and so have been a benefit to the game.

Heroic must now work hard as they enter the Playoffs of the ELEAGUE Premier. These will begin on the 10th of this month.

Heroic will first face North, and the match will certainly be worth watching, as both teams have been playing well recently.


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