LoL Worlds 2023 Shatters Records as the Most Watched Esports Event Ever
League of Legends World Championship 2023 Sets New Peak Viewership Record
The 2023 League of Legends World Championship has etched its name in history as the most-viewed esports event ever. Taking place in the vibrant country of South Korea, this gaming extravaganza captivated audiences globally, boasting a staggering peak concurrent viewership of 6.4 million and an average viewership of nearly 1.3 million across its 116-hour airtime. It's important to note that these impressive figures do not even include the Chinese viewership, which is known to be substantial given the game's immense popularity in China.
The highlight of the tournament was the World Finals, a gripping face-off between China's Weibo Gaming and South Korea's esports titan, T1. The match's outcome saw T1 triumph, securing their fourth world title. This finale alone drew an astronomical peak viewership of 6,402,760, surpassing the 6 million mark, a first in esports history. The previous record was held by the Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore, with a peak viewership of over 5.4 million viewers.
T1's participation in the tournament had a noticeable impact on viewership. The semifinal bout between T1 and JDG emerged as the second most-viewed series, drawing in 4.3 million viewers. Another match featuring T1 against LNG reached nearly 3 million viewers, ranking third in viewership. The average viewership consistently surpassed 1.26 million, marking an increase from the previous year.
LoL Worlds 2023 didn't just break records in terms of total viewership; it also set new benchmarks for broadcasts in different languages. The Korean-language broadcast peaked at 1.87 million viewers, English at 1.64 million, and Vietnamese at 760,700, showcasing the event's diverse and global appeal.