In October, the League of Legends World Championship 2015 ended with fan favourites SK Telecom T1 beating KOO Tigers by 3 games to 1 in a best of 5 series. Admittedly, the result wasn’t a surprise given SKT’s dominance during the tournament (KOO was the only team that managed to win a game against them) but the entire competition had been great fun to watch, no matter which professional League of Legends team you support.
The big question, however, is how many people actually tuned in to see the League of Legends World Championship 2015 go down, as Worlds 2014 was immensely popular and many wondered if this year’s event could beat it. But, as Riot Games has now revealed, the World Championship 2015’s viewership beat its predecessor and set new records for the game’s eSports branch.
League of Legends World Championship 2015 Viewership
In a post on the League of Legends eSports blog, Riot Games says that during the course of the tournament (which took place within Europe), the “total cumulative daily unique impressions (the amount of unique viewers that tuned in every day via online and television channels)” reached 334 million, which is a huge increase from the 288 million impressions that the Worlds 2014 got.
Moreover, 360 million hours of live League of Legends eSports were watched from the group stage to the final (almost double the 194 million hours of Worlds 2014) and across the 73 games that took place at Worlds 2015, the average concurrent viewership was 4.2 million, with fans watching for over an hour each session.
In fact, the final between SKT and KOO Tigers alone had a peak concurrent viewership (people tuned in at once) of 14 million (it was 11 million at Worlds 2014) and it logged an overall unique viewer count of 36 million viewers. Riot notes that this is a “record-breaking high for any esports event and a climb from last year’s Samsung White-Royal Club matchup at Sangam Stadium which drew 27 million unique viewers”.
As for the future of League of Legends eSports, things only seem to be getting bigger and better. Not only are traditional broadcasters catching onto its popularity (the BBC aired the London-based quarter-final of Worlds 2015) but the rising popularity of pro female players (and women-only League of Legends tournaments) should also be seen as a good thing. Additionally, big changes are coming to the way that EU and NA LCS games are played which should make for more enjoyable viewing.
Who did you want to win the League of Legends World Championship 2015? Who’s your favourite pro player? Leave a comment and let us know.