This weekend saw 2013’s EVO Championship event which was being held at Paris Las Vegas. The event featured tournaments of all kinds but one in particular blew everything else out of the water as a stream of Super Smash Bros. Melee on Twitch completely obliterated viewership records.
Not only did the stream blow away records for EVO, Super Smash Bros. Melee is now the most streamed fighting game of all time with over 100,000 concurrent viewers. The event is still taking place here if you fancy taking a look. The news comes from EVO co-founder Tom Cannon via Twitter.
For now, Smash Bros Melee is the most watched fighting game in history, with 100k concurrent #evo2013 viewers!
— Tom Cannon (@ProtomCannon) July 14, 2013
Before the event Nintendo actually put a stop to the stream of Super Smash Bros. Melee, this made the headlines of most gaming publications which in turn encouraged hype over the stream which had been cancelled by EVO and taken off of the timetable. As you can now see Nintendo eventually allowed the stream to go ahead which caused the game to break records. Whether or not this was intended, perhaps Nintendo will finally realise that people want to see live streams of Super Smash Bros.