Since 2013, League of Legends World Championship has become a very big event, spectated in arenas like the Madison Square Garden and and watched online by millions of people. To inform fans about how the scene is developing over the years, Riot Games release a report, where the most interesting details about the event that has just passed are revealed. Let’s see what Riot thought to be exciting about this year’s World Championship.
As it turns out, the total length of game time over the whole tournament was 49 hours. That’s a little bit more than two whole days the best League pros in the world and beyond spent in game. Also, during the World Championship, people all over the world watched 370 million total hours of eSports. That’s 42,237 years, by the way, if you were wondering.
If that wasn’t enough, a genocide of glorious dragons took place over the course of the tournament, with 300 of them getting slain in the name of buffs, which is… horrific. You should train them, not kill them! Poor minions were also getting slaughtered by the thousand over the tournament. In total, 181,762 of them were killed. The worst spree killer in the history of Worlds changed, when Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi butchered 690 of them in his team’s match against Flash Wolves on Day 3 of the tournament.
The League of Legends World Championship was also broadcasted over 23 broadcasts in 18 languages, viewed by 43 million unique viewers. The peak concurrent viewership for the even was 14.7 million people, making it quite hard to argue that League of Legends is dying, as people were starting to when Overwatch was released and LoL dipped in popularity.
The prize pool for this year’s Worlds was massively bigger than before, reaching $6.7 million. $3 million came from the fan contribution to the prize pool, $2.1 was promised originally, while $1.6 million were added because of team icon sales. It’s great to hear that the payout reached a higher level this year, even if the community had to twist Riot’s arm to get them to actually do it. Hopefully, it will get better in the future.
Finally, we had a team winning Worlds 2 times in a row for the first time. Also, SK Telecom T1 made it into the League of Legends records books by winning three World Championships in total.