Despite not being the main event at EVO 2018, Dragon Ball FighterZ still managed to break viewership records on Twitch. The top 8 on the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament on Sunday night peaked at a whopping 258,000 concurrent viewers, more than any other game has ever managed in EVO history.
The finals for Dragon Ball FighterZ took place after Tekken 7's, but before Street Fighter V's. The latter was, as tradition perhaps demands, saved for last, effectively closing out the event. However, Street Fighter V only peaked at 215,000 viewers, and ended up dropping to around 170,000 viewers as the top 8 continued into its latter stages. Still huge numbers, but nothing really came close to Goku and the gang's success.
Of course, it didn't help that Street Fighter V's top 8 took place much later. By the time the tournament reached its grand finals, it was around 7AM here in the UK, so it's safe to assume that many European viewers -- and indeed many Americans -- may have tuned out in order to go to bed.
As for Tekken 7, Bandai Namco's long running series enjoyed its biggest ever tournament, peaking at around 180,000 viewers. Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 also increased its viewership over last year, reaching around 90,000 viewers at its peak.
All in all, then, it's been a fantastic year for EVO, and the viewer statistics are a really positive indicator of how healthy the fighting game scene is right now. Hopefully things keep on growing as these companies continue to push out stellar competitive titles.