Madden NFL 19 Bowl 2019 Breaks Viewership Records

Wyatt Fossett,

May 3, 2019 10:15 AM

It has been a banner year for the EA Sports American Football franchise's competitive scene, and it ended in a brilliant display of skills that shattered previous Madden viewership numbers.

Last weekend, the best Madden 19 players the world over descended on the brand new EA Sports Esports Broadcast Center to compete in the largest annual Madden tournament on earth. The Madden Bowl is the culmination and close of every Madden competitive season. In a press release from EA, they detail that this year’s Madden Bowl broke all sorts of viewership records for the sports simulation series.

The action on the digital grid iron saw plenty of drama and excitement throughout the play brackets that weekend. In the end, it would come down to Drini “Drini” Gjoka facing off against the young-gun in Michael “Spoto” Spoto in the grand finals match, where the experienced 2018 Madden Challenge Champion would stick it to the rookie to a tune of 41-0. You can watch the entire Championship Sunday below. 

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According to the report from EA Sports, and confirmed by statistics shown on SullyGnome, the Madden NFL 19 Bowl peaked at a record 97,000 viewers which is a 650% increase over last year’s Madden NFL 18 Bowl. 

To that end, the stream itself generated more than 2,500,000 views on Twitch. The Madden NFL 19 Bowl Finals was also broadcast live on ESPN2 where the viewership total surpassed the 800,000 mark. 

“This year was a monumental step forward for the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series and is a testament to the powerful role traditional sports and esports play in attracting a global audience of players and spectators.” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of EA Competitive Gaming.

The success of recent Madden competitive Esports events really goes to show what the experience and series can accomplish with the official backing of major groups like the National Football League. 

“These events are a key piece to the NFL’s overall esports strategy and represent a very natural way to elevate our brand and engage the next generation of fans.” said Rachel Hoagland, VP and Head of Gaming and esports for the NFL.

Last weekend’s Madden NFL 19 Bowl stands as the final competitive event for Madden 19, as Madden 20 is right around the corner. Cover star Pat Mahomes will usher in the new season of the Madden Championship Series in August of 2019.


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