Showdown delivers 410,000-strong audience and live PAX Aus finals for Throwdown Esports leagues

Joel Van Daal
Showdown delivers 410,000-strong audience and live PAX Aus finals for Throwdown Esports leagues

Highlights include more than 389,000 hours watched live and online, Australia’s first winner of the Street Fighter V Championship Series and two teams headed to the Rocket League Championship Series.

Showdown has seen an audience of more than 410,000 unique viewers for sponsors and advertisers during the most recent seasons of Throwdown Esports Street Fighter V Championship Series and Rocket League Oceanic Championships.

Showdown streamed events for both seasons online via the Throwdown Esports Twitch channel (from late August to late October), generating more than 389,000 hours watched with viewers tuning in and engaged for an average of 21.6 minutes every match.

In addition to online streamed events, the broadcaster hosted the Throwdown Stage at PAX Aus which included the first large-scale live Street Fighter V event in Australia and the final of The Throwdown Rocket League Oceanic Championships, the region’s premier Rocket League competition. The events were watched by a live audience of more than 4,000 visitors at PAX Australia and streamed on the Throwdown Esports Twitch channel for an additional 148,000 views online.

The Rocket League Oceanic Championship Finals presented by McDonald’s was the final event in a two-month long competition produced and broadcast by Showdown. Chiefs Esports and Pale Horse Esports qualified for the grand final where the Chiefs emerged victorious. Both grand final teams will represent Australia and the Oceanic region at the Rocket League Championship Series World Championships to be held in Washington DC on 10-12 November.

The Street Fighter V Championship Series was presented by Red Bull with the PAX Aus event the culmination of a month long national tournament produced by Showdown. Incorporating live qualifying events, online qualifiers and the finals at the PAX Throwdown Esports Stage, the winner of the tournament was Kevin Nguyen of Sydney. Winning a close final and beating out invitational players, Nguyen was named Australia’s first winner of the Street Fighter V Championship Series and will represent his home country at the 2018 Red Bull Kumite event in Paris.

“PAX is the single most important event on the 2017 Australian gaming calendar, so we knew this had to be our biggest and best event yet to cap off two great seasons for Throwdown Esports,” said Scott Wenkart, Managing Director of Showdown. “We’re fortunate and grateful to have such productive and collaborative partnerships with McDonald’s and Red Bull to pull off these leagues and this major live event, both of which deliver gaming fans some of the best Esports content ever produced in Australia.”

Showdown created and manages Throwdown Esports, a league that works with brands to give them exposure to the huge Esports communities in Australia and New Zealand. The Showdown team is now in pre-production ahead of January’s launch of the first 2018 Throwdown Esports seasons. Players, teams and partners are preparing for the new tournaments featuring Rocket League, Street Fighter V, League of Legends and Counter Strike Global Offensive.

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