eSports & Gaming

LoL World Championship the most-watched esports event of 2019

Tournament also notches highest peak audience of 3.9m for its semi-finals.

by Pearce Bates

LoL World Championship the most-watched esports event of 2019

The League of Legends (LoL) World Championship was the most watched esports event of 2019, according to digital streaming data published by Esports Charts.

With 137 million hours of viewership, the Riot Games competition outperformed the Dota 2 International Championship and the IEM Katowice Major, which registered 88 million and 53 million respectively. The figures, which do not take into account data from Chinese platforms, represent a 66 per cent year-on-year increase for last year’s LoL World Championship over the 2018 competition.

As well as being the most-watched competition, the 2019 LoL World Championship also had the highest peak audience with 3.9 million viewers tuning into the semi-finals, a 94 per cent increase on last year’s audience for that round.

The Fortnite World Cup Finals logged the second highest peak viewership of 2019, at 2.3 million, while the mobile esports competition Free Fire World Series in Rio de Janeiro scored third place with a two million peak audience.

According to Esports Charts’ data, the Free Fire World Series’ one day format also saw it score the highest average viewership of 1.2 million. The 2019 LoL World Championship registered one million average viewers, while the Fortnite World Cup hit 1.1 million.