League of Legends pro hits largest ever personal stream on TwitchTV

Evil Geniuses player Mike "Wickd" Petersen breaks record with 137,769 concurrent peak viewers.

Professional League of Legends player Mike "Wickd" Petersen, who plays for Evil Geniuses, has broken the record for the largest personal stream of all time on TwitchTV with 137,769 concurrent peak viewers.

Mike "Wickd" Petersen

Petersen and Fnatic's Paul "sOAZ" Boyer were both vying for a spot to represent Europe in the League Championship Series All-Star Game, scheduled to take place May 24-26 in Shanghai, China. With hours to go in the public voting process, both players were neck-and-neck in the polls with 33 percent of the vote and a ways ahead of the other contenders.

With such a small margin of difference between the two, both players decided to take matters into their own hands and have a spontaneous 1-on-1 duel to determine the starting Top Lane spot--with Petersen streaming the whole thing.

The duel spread throughout social media via Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. Within just minutes, tens of thousands of people were tuned in. By the time it was about to start, over 100,000 people were tuned in. Petersen couldn't believe it.

"I did expect that we'd get quite a lot of people watching, probably somewhere around 50-70,000," Petersen told GameSpot. "But almost 140,000 concurrent viewers just blew my mind. I definitely did not expect that many to tune in, but I'm happy they all loved it and that just shows how awesome our community truly is. The thing is that there's a lot on the line and it's something that no one have ever done before. It was a incredibye important match for both me and Soaz because of pride."

"On our end, we see new records fall all the time," TwitchTV VP of Marketing Matt DiPietro told GameSpot. "The biggest eSports event of all time, the biggest personal stream of all time, the biggest charity event of all time, the biggest game publisher stream of all time, etc. It's clearly a sign that streaming is touching all parts of the video game ecosystem and is becoming a ubiquitous piece of the gaming experience."

Riot Games' League of Legends has had impressive viewership for its tournaments, seeing six figure stream numbers for their weekly League Championship Series games, and over 1 million concurrent viewers for their Season 2 Championship Finals. That same fandom and viewership has been seen on players' personal streams.

"I'm not at all surprised at the size and commitment of the League of Legends community, but still, it's an incredible accomplishment for an individual player to reach so many viewers," Evil Geniuses owner Alex Garfield told GameSpot. "I especially appreciated the fact that, even though the content was showcased on Wickd's stream, it was truly a team effort. All of the players on our team were on camera offering advice and cheering him on. I think it's a great example of the bonds our players have with one another."

Boyer ended up squeaking out a narrow 3-2 victory over Petersen to claim the All-Star spot. Although disappointed on not making the team, Petersen sees no reason to believe the momentum will stop anytime soon.

"I believe everyone in the community keeps getting surprised about how much the force is growing," Petersen said. "A few months ago this wouldn't have been possible. I think most people expected that League of Legends would stop growing as most games after so many years, but it just keeps getting bigger and bigger."

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41 comments
chechak7
chechak7

and you call him pro ya 

MonoSilver
MonoSilver

Sorry but I'd still rather actually, you know, play a game rather than watch some stranger in action. 

That just bores the pants off me.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

137,769 ppl have nothing better to do..lol

nousername66
nousername66

There is something wrong with the world when people pay other people to play games full time.

Triton
Triton

I'm happy for them I guess. I felt bad due to the fact I still do not recognize this as profession, but then I showed this to others in the office and they thought this was the funniest thing they ever saw, so I felt better. Guess if it pays the bills -(if they have any from the basement) enjoy while it lasts.

Loriftw
Loriftw

Why the fuck do people watch others play a terrible boring casualgame like "League of Casuals"?


Real Gamers only play Games with a Skillceiling higher than curbstone, like StarCraft II.

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

I really wish there was a Twitch.TV app on the Xbox 360.

ChristianKS94
ChristianKS94

Waiting for level 6 on Zed would likely have won him the match against Draven, but impatience cost him victory.

king_wrecked
king_wrecked

it's really too bad that most people who are casting real games on twitch don't get the amount of viewers they deserve.  nothing personal against league of legends or the "pros" who play it, but i cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would want to watch someone else playing that game.  no entertainment value there.

killzone28
killzone28

Console fags hating b/c PC is far more superior and completely taking over!

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Meh, never really cared about E-Sports or MLG, but good for him. 

JML897
JML897

This is it. This is the most pointless news story in the history of the world.

Detriiment
Detriiment

@nousername66 Soccer is the most watched "Game' in the world.  Millions upon millions of fans watch it everyday.  Are they all doomed?  Fucking  idiot.

G0dSlay3r
G0dSlay3r

@nousername66 

Basketball is a game. Soccer. Baseball. Football.

And yet people pay other people to watch them play those games on a high level.

Yeah, sure, the world is doomed.

G0dSlay3r
G0dSlay3r

@Triton 

Might wanna reconsider your opinion and brush up on numbers.

A couple of quick Google searches will give you the numbers. These players make more than enough money to just "pay their bills".

Twitch or Azubu.tv stream revenue, Youtube ad revenue, salaries from Riot Games if they are participating in the LCS, tournament prize money, any and all income and gear from sponsors.

It's definitely a functional and respectable profession, especially since playing in the LCS literally counts as a job, due to the teams being under a working contract with Riot Games, with all the benefits that come with it.

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

@Triton haha it's up there with the other noble professions, pro poker player or slot jockey just to name a couple!

Barcaii
Barcaii

@Triton Considering the amount of money he makes I highly doubt he lives in a basement. As one of the streamers with consistently high viewer numbers and the salary from riot he is more then making enough to pay the bills.

Barcaii
Barcaii

@Loriftw It really feels like most SC2 fans have got so defensively lately. Maybe its losing the spot as the main Esport. I know you want SC2 to be the Esport flagship but I´m sorry to tell you that League of Legends beats you by far in the amount of viewers. Its simply a LOT more popular.

PayPerByte
PayPerByte

@Loriftw it's ok if you don't like a game, but i's not ok to say it's shit just because you hate it.

There's a reason so many people play LoL and you should accept that...

colt_a
colt_a

@ItchyIsVegeta Twitch confirmed the app will be done by the end of May for Xbox 360.

 OUYA (if you plan to get it) will also have a native Twitch App.

dje91
dje91

@ChristianKS94 No, Draven would have destroyed the Tower which is a victory in 1v1.

Mentao
Mentao

@PSYCHOV3N0M  

I only saw 2 grammatical errors and 1 spelling error. Then again, English is not my native language.

colt_a
colt_a

@JML897 You can leave and never come back, no one will miss you.

Poodger
Poodger

@JML897 I think the Bioshock refund news was more pointless

fawfulmark2
fawfulmark2

@JML897 sounds like someone didn't see the yahoo article about how cats lick up their milk.

Nyusanz
Nyusanz

@JML897 You're on a website that specializes in video games. This is a big story in competitive video gaming. If this is pointless to you then you're on the wrong site :)

GagLV
GagLV

@JML897 It's actually a very big deal in the esports world. Only a year ago, getting so many concurrent viewers was a big accomplishment in big tournaments. Something like this is important for gamers, sponsors, tournament organizers etc

Loriftw
Loriftw

@PayPerByte Yeah, beacuse its casualfriendly as hell and 99% of people are terrible at videogames and only can succeed in casualgames like LoL. League of Casuals has absoluty no skill requirements. Look at what retards can play this game. 

In SC2 you get raped your first 100 games at least until you learned to play. Thats how a competetive Game has to look like!

ChristianKS94
ChristianKS94

@dje91I watched the replay, if he hadn't gone in I bet he'd manage to get to 6 without loosing that tower. If he threw some shuriken into the minion-wave it wouldn't be that big when it came to the tower.

Loriftw
Loriftw

@n3ac3y@Loriftw@PayPerByte 95% of LoL"Pros" don't play the Game because they like it. (State of the Game of Live.on.Three Quotes). They play it because its easy money compared to SC2 or even HoN/DOTA.

League of Casuals feel like a Game made for terrible Casuals who just are too bad for real Games. I cannot understand why League rewards you for sucking. I never played this terrible Game but  If I see what complete retards can play LoL I have to puke. 

 What happened to the real eSports like Quake. Its a shame for the scene that League is called "the biggest eSports". 

Whats next? Angry Birds biggest eSport? Call of Kiddy eSports?


Gaming changed in a terrible way. Competitive games have nearly died completly. Its all about casualfriendly games with XP-Farming and Itemshops. Who cares if you are bad, just PAY2WIN!

n3ac3y
n3ac3y

@Loriftw @PayPerByte 

I'm currently a platinum player in league of legends, and I played Starcraft 2 in High Masters, one step below GM. While I cannot argue League of Legends take less skill I can say confidently that there definitely is quite a high skill ceiling in both games. 

I compare League of Legends to poker in that both games require you to be patient, put in the hands and gain the experience. The matchups are all very complex and one cannot simply just hop into LoL and do well. There are a lot of strategic elements embedded into the game, and they many of the time are by no means simple concepts. 

Trying to start a game war between the two titles is silly. The league "professional" are good players and would excel at other games as well.