32 million people watched League of Legends Season 3 World Championships

Final becomes the most watched eSports event in history, with more than 8.5 million fans watching simultaneously at peak.

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More than 32 million people watched the League of Legends Season 3 World Championships final in October online and on TV, Riot Games announced today. This makes the event the most watched eSports event in history, the company said.

By comparison, Game 6 of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals drew 18 million viewers. The 2013 Super Bowl was watched by over 108 million people.

In the final on October 4 at a sold-out Staples Center, SK Telecom T1 took down Royal Club to claim the Summoner's Cup and a $1 million prize. During its peak, more than 8.5 million people watched the finals simultaneously.

The numbers for the Season 3 World Championships are up substantially year-over-year. The Season 2 World Championships drew 8.2 million viewers in total and 1.1 million peak simultaneous viewers.

For more on all-things eSports, check out more coverage at GameSpot sister site OnGamers.

Discussion

69 comments
GuillermoX
GuillermoX

Good lord.  I mean it's a good game, but seriously?  


Come on guys, stop watching rich entitled kids play games for money, you're just encouraging them  :P

omar_q
omar_q

It's astounding how this simple game that's fairly new (2009) has took the gaming world by storm, props Riot. 

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

Hmm, these numbers seem high , so where did all these people watch the final? because on twitch it never got above i think it was around 300-500k and half of those numbers were bots. and the rest was some active and others just idling in the room.

Still its nice numbers but unconfirmed numbers are just unconfirmed.


MrOrbitz
MrOrbitz

It never ceases to amaze me how many actual gamers are so hesitant to acknowledge e-sports as a thing that people are interested in. Just because it's not considered a real sport, which is fine... It doesn't fit into the same category as physical sports. But they are still highly competitive and not everyone who has ever picked up a controller in their life can do the things these pro gamers can, it takes an enormous amount of skill and mastery of your craft... Just like real sports. Well, whatever. good for LoL and the e-sports scene... I'm not a LoL player or even a viewer of e-sports but none the less this is very impressive. It's a shame more gamers aren't too supportive of this stuff, because I can see this as the kind of thing that helps gaming come out to the masses as not just something that's for losers or a waste of time, but something that people can dedicate their lives to without fear of being looked down upon by the average non-gamer. Just like pro athletes.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

that's crazy. Not the game, but that's huge. Some real life sports dont even get that attention now.

Aletunda
Aletunda

It would be really cool if these championships were a whole season long and toured the world, id love to be in the crowd for a dota match

Jd234
Jd234

Its funny how ignorant and arrogant people are, you dont have to like league infact you can hate it if you got nothing but negitive shit to say why bother saying it. Only reason people have to comment and put in there 2 cents they have to feel there opinion means something when it means nothing at all. You dont have to like something to respect what they've achieved, its just like sports where people are like oh i hate the patriots or i hate this sports star etc its like do you know them personally what u hate them over a game oh what u hate them cause u live somewhere and thats not where you live. Its so pathetic

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

That's crazy.

I don't even follow this gaming league stuff at all.

Wonder what all the fuss is about...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I'm not a big eSports person, but I do enjoy watching the LOL/DOTA championships.  The high level pros do some crazy stuff sometimes and the teamwork makes it interesting.  Plus it's all a top down view, so you can easily tell what's going one (vs. watching FPS multiplayer games that are hard to spectate).

I'm not going to start buying gamer jerseys or live tickets, but to me it's more entertaining than watching baseball.  To each their own, I say.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

It would be wanderful to see where they got all these views from, it certainly wasn't from any public streaming site, and measuring how many people watched on TV is not only difficult as it mostly relies on surveys, but unlikely as you would assume fans of this would be on their far more convenaint computers....


Sorry, but I do not see where these several million views came from, they are either lying or have mixed up some numbers at some point.

IncinX
IncinX

It's true no matter how much people on gamespot like to bash and troll (which is a lot of people).  Dota 2 got a crap load of views for the finals as well.


To answer the question as to why more league of legends players aren't spamming this forum... reddit.  Almost all league of legends player comment there, not forums like this where it is full of CoD noobs and console fanboys.  It is just a waste of time because no matter what anyone says, some troll will come and shit talk them.

atopp399
atopp399

I don't believe this at all.

allever
allever

Ehhh?  32 mils? You would think there would be a lot more excitement in this thread... but noooo.. just a few little birds chirping..

UKFX
UKFX

I remember Dota 2 and that fucking Compendium crap. Yeah thanks Valve, I love looking at nerdy Asians, thanks for giving me pointless card drops every time I play a game. An to think that peoples purchases actually paid at least half their prize money. Foolish people. This is why game watching is bad. An yeah, enjoy Twitch an shit like that on your Xbones.

Sports is different. People train hard to become athletes and sportsmen and it takes great physical effort. Whilst it isn't as mentally challenging, put one of those nerds on a field an they'll be crying it's too cold. Oh no wait a second, by @zerofrust 's reasoning anybody who watches drama on TV must then become an actor/actress, or a murderer, or a super hero, etc etc

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

32 Million people sat around to watch people play a video games when they could have used that time to play a game them selves or have used that time to do something meaningful, what a bunch of losers.

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

I guess if you've ever tried watching streams on Twitch then you probably just assume all things like this suck. Well let me tell you guys, these games are intense and pretty interesting. I just hate the new in-house apps coming to to next gen consoles that will have everyone and their brother streaming their boring, skill-less matches. But there will always be events like this where you can watch some actual matches of skill and strategy.

Riddick123
Riddick123

32 million souls with less of a life than me.

zerofrust
zerofrust

Gee you won't be seeing that kind of event on console anytime soon...

ovenrash
ovenrash

@Jacanuk Youtube, Azubu, Riot's alternate language streams, OGN stream, LPL Stream...

IncinX
IncinX

@Aletunda There are actually multiple seasons!  And they last for several months.  North America and Europe have the League Championship Series (LCS), Korea has the Champions league and China/other regions also have their own.

Jd234
Jd234

@LoganDaDestroya You are clearly an idiot they arent lying it was on youtube twitch and lots of others where it even says how many people are viewing well your watching.They clearly got all the views from esports streaming on all those websites.I checked it out on twitch and I remember alot more then 300,000 concurrent viewers.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@LoganDaDestroya What makes you say it wasn't a public streaming site?  Twitch is free.  You should try it.

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

@UKFX @zerofrust Say what you want, but 32 million is a substantial number for any business.

zerofrust
zerofrust

@UKFX @zerofrust 

"Oh no wait a second, by@zerofrust 's reasoning anybody who watches drama on TV must then become an actor/actress, or a murderer, or a super hero, etc etc"

Lol this just show that you've never actually played any kind of games involving actual strategy.You learn mainly by watching or playing against people better than you.That's how it works.Same thing with chess or any activity involving more mental activity than just aiming at a target and shooting.

crix01
crix01

@UKFX @zerofrust Like you said "videogames" are different. You can actually learn to play better by watching pros and their tactics...... wait!...actually the same way a sports viewer can learn tactics watching his favorite sport!. You can watch a pro chess player and learn his moves, and so on. It doesn't mean you're magically going to become a pro.

And btw when you pay for tickets, merchandising, ppv matches or buy something from a sports team sponsor, that money goes to the players too.

"Videogames are different. People train hard to become pro gamers and it takes great mental effort. Whilst it isn't as physically challenging, put one of those numbskulls on a computer an they'll be crying it's too complicated."

zerofrust
zerofrust

@Butt_Chunx 

Gee all those people watching sports on TV could have used that time to play sport themselves or used that time to do something meaningful,what a bunch of losers.

StHapns247
StHapns247

@Riddick123 That doesn't mean a whole lot from the person reading about it then posting comments :P

crix01
crix01

@Riddick123 They spend time watching pro gamers and you spend time commenting on news that you don't even care about.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@GAJY_FILTH I don't like this ,everyone that does is a sad fuck, aka me

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

@zerofrust Must be a PC gamer thing... watching countless hours of other people playing games

Aletunda
Aletunda

@IncinX Don't think they have anything in Australia that big though :(

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

@chibi-acer I know, the Twitch stream was reportedly around 300,000 concurrent, and was one of the largest sites for that, so if it wasn't from any of these public streaming sites then where on earth did that massive majority of views come from?

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

@zerofrust I know right? Sports people are just as much a loser as those other morons.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@crix01  They should be gaming or commenting on news they don't care about instead.

Nightflash28
Nightflash28

@MapleLeafKush ...and then you realize that this is exactly what the majority of the population does with sports: you're just watching other people playing games. Why is it something different if people are playing a PC game?

mortalsaw
mortalsaw

@MapleLeafKush @zerofrust what do yo know about Competitive MOBA ? nothing , absolutely nothing by judging your comment . do yourself a favor take your controller and shove it up your ass 

zerofrust
zerofrust

@MapleLeafKush @zerofrust 

What can i say,looking at others strategies and improve upon them.

It's not every day you can see a game on a platform turn into a National Sport...

IncinX
IncinX

@amaneuvering @pyro1245 You sir... are a rational person.  I tip my hat to you (no sarcasm).  Many trolls will come to this forum and shit talk something they know nothing about and make false comments knowing nothing about the subject material.  You, on the other hand, don't know the subject material but are actually filled with wonder and didn't come just to shit on people.  *claps*

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

@LoganDaDestroya @chibi-acer Countries other than the US of A. The final was a South Korean team against a Chinese team - both those regions have huge eSports followings. The English Twitch stream was just one of the English streams for the event. If anything, the numbers reported are lower as I imagine that viewing parties were treated as a single viewer.

IncinX
IncinX

@luciann @Butt_Chunx @IncinX @zerofrust This guy said it right here... most wouldn't classify video games as an "intellectual and scientific pursuit".  It's fun to watch Trolls fall on their own comments.

luciann
luciann

@Butt_Chunx @IncinX @zerofrust yeah because playing video games is so much smarter time spent. It's all entertainment, so trolling or not, your argument is invalid

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

@IncinX @Butt_Chunx @zerofrust I never said playing video games is a waste of time, I said watching sports or watching other people play video games is a waste of time,  now don't you feel stupid?

IncinX
IncinX

@Butt_Chunx @zerofrust This coming from a guy who is commenting on a video game site.  Playing video games, watching video games, watching sports... all equal wastes of time according to your griping.  You are a hypocritical part of the problem.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

@zerofrust @Butt_Chunx What can I say, stupidity runs rampant through society. I wish our world and species was one of intellectual and scientific pursuits but unfortunately most people fill their lives with meaningless and barbaric distractions.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

@mortalsaw @zerofrust @MapleLeafKush Lmao I have over 600 games played in LoL, and quit because the community sucks and the game got boring

zerofrust
zerofrust

@mortalsaw @zerofrust @MapleLeafKush 

Sarcasm is an amazing thing isn't it?...

zerofrust
zerofrust

@FCT-Steve-O @zerofrust @MapleLeafKush 

No joke in South Korea when it comes down to Starcraft...