EA has announced that the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 19 championship series event made its name this year as the most watched tournament in the franchise's history!

According to a recent press release from EA, the Madden NFL 19 Bowl's Twitch viewership capped at 97,000 active watchers, which is a 650% increase from previous years with a total of more than 2.5 million views. Additionally, the ESPN2 broadcast saw 805,000 viewers in one hour, which combined with the Bowl Twitch stream, averages at 208,000 viewers per minute! 

"Drini's Madden NFL 19 Bowl victory in front of a record-setting audience elevates him into superstardom and accelerates our mission to make stars of all our players," said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of EA Competitive Gaming. "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." 

"We're thrilled with all the results from the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series and congratulate Drini Gjoka on his win in the Madden NFL 19 Bowl," said Rachel Hoagland, VP and Head of Gaming and esports for the NFL. "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."

As for the results, Drini Gjoka slaughtered Mike Spoto 41-0 in the Bowl, ultimately becoming the well-earned champion. It was definitely an exciting time and even more NFL goodness awaits when Madden NFL 20 debuts on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on August 2, 2019.