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‘LEAGUE OF LEGENDS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 MOST-VIEWED EVENT IN GAME’S HISTORY

Riot Games revealed viewership data for its 2020 League of Legends World Championships, held in Shanghai between September and December, and the event is now the most-viewed competition in the game’s 11-year history.

Peak concurrent viewership topped 45.9 million viewers across 21 platforms and 16 languages during the Grand Finals on Halloween between Korea’s Damwon Gaming and China’s Suning, eclipsing last year’s final between FunPlus Phoenix and G2 Esports at 44 million viewers.

The Finals also saw an average minute audience (an average of how many viewers are watching at any given minute) of 23 million, while the entire five-week competition reached more than 1 billion hours of competition watched either live or within 24 hours of each match, both new records for LoL Worlds events.

“The road to Worlds this year was full of unexpected challenges, from our pivot to a single-city tournament to navigating team travel and quarantines,” John Needham, global head of esports at Riot Games, said. “We’re extremely proud that we succeeded in our promise to our players and fans to put on the safest and best show possible.”

It wasn’t just the official championship matches that brought in a record audience, as the Play-In rounds that began the competition also hit new viewership milestones, with nearly 161 million hours watched across 38 Play-In matches, a 62 percent increase year-over-year.

The 2021 League of Legends World Championships are expected to return to China, though no dates have been confirmed.

 

Photo courtesy of Riot Games

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