The CS:GO ESWC Qualifier for North America, hosted by Plantronics, has seen an amazing number of sign-ups, with 280 teams of five or more players registered and another 206 teams of less than five players expressing an interest.
Such interest may cause ESWC to revise their stance on the CS:GO competition - the only tournament involving a Counter-Strike title at this year's ESWC - being on the sidelines as opposed to a main event.
Certainly the ESWC have been surprised by the interest themselves, remarking that it was "amazing" in a tweet this morning. However, they shouldn't be so surprised as ESL had found similar levels of interest when they announced their tournaments too, all pointing to a potentially healthy future for the game should it continue.
The numbers seem at odds with the reports of how many people have been playing the game in the beta stage though, with peak players not reaching the expected numbers. However, it seems that when the game is ready to start featuring in competitions, the player base will be there initially.
It hasn't been made clear what other countries will be having qualifiers for the CS:GO tournament as of yet but given these positive indications many more are likely to follow suit.