Mortal Kombat has made its mark in the competitive eSports scene following the success of the ESL's Fatal 8 tournament.
The four-hour tournament totalled over 200k hours watched with peak concurrent viewers of 85,449. There were also official viewing parties in both London and Paris, while #Fatal8 trended on Twitter in the US as the event made over 2.2m social media impressions.
The fighting game community is one that we were eager to welcome into the ESL ecosystem. But we knew we had to do it right,” ESL's creative producer and Fatal 8 host Joshua Gray said.
A lot of time went into perfecting the event's build up – from the personalized invitations to the trailers that really did tease. We put ourselves under a lot of pressure, having built up so many expectations.
All of us here at ESL are extremely happy with how the event went, and with the reaction from the community.”
The game will again star in the next Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program on May 3rd, with $1,000 in prize money to be offered weekly. There will also be mid-season showdowns with prizes of up to $2,500, all of which will build up to Pro League's Global Season Finals on July 11th.