10 Defining Esports Moments of 2016

EVO 2016 'Street Fighter V' Grand Final, broadcast on ESPN.

We've seen esports grow in fits and starts over the past decade, but we've yet to see a year with such strong momentum as 2016

We've seen esports grow in fits and starts over the past decade, but we've yet to see a year with such strong momentum as 2016

EVO 2016 Street Fighter V on ESPN

Also during EVO 2016, Street Fighter V aired on ESPN. Esports on mainstream television remain relatively rare (though this is changing; see #3 for details on Turner's ELEAGUE), and this was the first appearance of Street Fighter. Though the ESPN viewership, around 200,000, was fairly low, it was supplemented by another 200,000 viewers on Twitch.tv, making this one of the most-watched fighting game events of all time.

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