The EVO Championship fighting game tournament has been around for a while now, but the advent of services like Twitch have served to grow it substantially.
The 2015 tournament, which took place over the weekend, managed to pull in more viewers than ever, breaking its own record a few times.
The Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament pulled in over 206,000 viewers, making it the most watched event in Evo history, but then later that day Ultra Street Fighter IV shattered that record.
Thanks to a great comeback story, a busted fight stick, and other drama throughout the day, Ultra Street Fighter IV‘s final match between players Momochi and Gamerbee surpassed 250,000 simultaneous viewers, numbers usually reserved for things like League of Legends tournaments.
As Capcom prepares Street Fighter V for release next spring, their eyes are likely locked hard onto things like this, and they know that the tournament has been crucial to their game’s continued success and popularity in the community. 250,000 fans, meanwhile, are mourning Gamerbee’s surprise loss, so make sure to offer them a hug if you see them.