League of Legends is an immensely popular esport but it was hard to predict the growth in viewership it would experience between 2020 and 2021.
Riot Games enjoyed what is possibly the most successful World Championship in the history of League of Legends as the fans broke all kinds of viewership records.
During a press conference in San Francisco, Riot stated the matches in the Worlds finals reached the peak of 73,860,742 concurrent viewers which is the highest of any LoL event by far.
For comparison, the previous increases in viewership of Worlds finals were significant but still much smaller than the jump from 2020 to 2021:
- Worlds finals 2018 - 43,997,815
- Worlds finals 2019 - 43,982,055
- Worlds finals 2020 - 46,067,869
While the jump of ~2.1 million peak concurrent viewers from 2019 to 2020 is pretty big, it obviously can't compare to the ~27.8 million increase between 2020 and 2021.
One of the main reasons here has to be the fact that this is the first finals in five years where it went to five games, instead of having 3-1 or 3-0 on the scoreboard. Coincidentally, that was also the last time Faker won a World Championship title.
The next World Championship is going to be hosted by North America and it will be played across four cities - Mexico City, San Francisco, New York City and Toronto.