WINNERS League Season 4 sees massive viewership increase

By Nick Johnson


Jul 13, 2020

Reading time: 3 min

WINNERS League Season 4 is now in the books after both North America and Europe crowned their respective divisional champions.

The league’s European division saw a rematch of Season 3’s grand final with ESPADA facing off against Nemiga once again for the title. But this year, it was Nemiga that came out on top.

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In the North American bracket, Chaos Esports Club squared off against Triumph Gaming. Here it was Chaos who took home the title, giving the team three tournament wins in recent months.  WINNERS League saw a marked increase in viewership in Season 4, with 5.47 million minutes watched over the course of the season’s duration and over one million views in total, a new mark in WINNERS League history.

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Season 4 streamlined both the number of teams competing in its invite division and shortened its season to ease some of the pressure that competitive CSGO teams encounter with the game’s busy schedule. The response to the change was very positive from both the teams and their players. 

The season also produced some jaw-dropping moments, including this one from Chaos’ Nathan “leaf” Orf in the grand finals versus Triumph Gaming.

WINNERS League project lead Nick Gorbunov offered that WINNERS League’s fourth season was its most successful Counter-Strike season yet.

“What we’ve tried to do for WINNERS League is to give every single team a veteran competitive experience. With that, we’ve given fans an opportunity to experience a new and improved HUD and gamestate integration to help draw them to teams they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to see,” Gorbunov said.

The switch to WINNERS League’s new format worked in tandem with the league’s separate divisions to better assist the esport’s ecosystem in creating new paths for nascent teams to grow.

Season 4 was a turning point in that respect, as many of the participating teams broke out onto the international scene. The league’s two champions, Nemiga and Chaos, have shown up in international competitions time and again, with both squads making marked progress. Chaos even defeated North America’s top team, Team Liquid, at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020.

“We’d like to send out a big thank you to our participating teams, our partners and sponsors, and especially all the fans that tuned in to watch our events,” Gorbunov said.

Both regional champions will receive custom coins to commemorate their title runs in the coming months. And though WINNERS League Invite Season 4 may be over, there’s still much more CSGO to be played. 

WINNERS League’s Main division’s playoffs are currently underway. Main is the pathway to WINNERS League’s Invite division and the upper echelons of CSGO. Fans can catch all the action over on the WINNERS League Twitch channel.