ESL One's "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" Championship Caps Breakout Summer for eSports

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I'll never forget the grand finale of ESL One's Counter Strike: Global Offensive in Cologne. Imagine thirteen thousand screaming fans. Add more than a million concurrent viewers online. At the center of it all: one enormous silver trophy.

And then the challengers from Team EnvyUs strode into the arena, each one wearing an enormous NVIDIA foam finger. We didn't know they would do it. We didn't ask them to do it. Team owner Mike Rufail just wanted to acknowledge the support NVIDIA has given pro gaming.

I was in the arena when it happened. And my jaw dropped. I've been at NVIDIA for more than five years now. I thought I'd seen it all. I have to admit, this choked me up a bit. We've worked hard to serve the needs of PC gamers. And gamers – and tournament organizers – have rewarded us, selecting our gear for a string of high-profile tournaments.

Team EnVyUs eventually fell in a hard fought match to the reigning champions – FNATIC. But not until the match set a record, with 1.5 million concurrent viewers tuning into the match online. It was the latest record to be set in the world of eSports this year.

It’s also been an amazing year for GeForce eSports. We have the privilege to be chosen as the gaming platform of choice, both GeForce GTX and G-SYNC display technology, for this year's highest profile eSports events. And the momentum for eSports is only building. With audiences – and prizes – that rival the biggest events in sports, eSports is about to burst into the mainstream.

Thank you Team EnvyUs!

Tune in. I expect many great moments to come.