Worlds 2018 Was League of Legends’ Most Watched Esports Event

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Worlds 2018 Was League of Legends’ Most Watched Esports Event

According to, this past weekends LoL Worlds 2018 added 50k viewers (+5%) when compared to 2017. The 2018 Worlds also set a new peak of 1.14 million concurrent viewers on Twitch.

They also add that there was a decline from Worlds 2015 to 2016 of 6%, so this increase is a much welcomed sign for the LoL community and Riot Games.

Although the Worlds numbers are excellent, LoL's viewer counts on Twitch are much lower this year with an average of 120k viewers per hour compared to last year’s 203k viewers per hour.

One reason for this drop-off on Twitch could be do to the rise in popularity of Battle Royale games such as Fortnite, PUBG, and now Call of Duty.

League of Legends Peak Viewer Counts Worlds 2018 on Twitch graph

LoL Worlds 2018 was the third most watched esports event ever overall. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is second all-time. Fortnite holds the current record of 1.5 million viewers in July of this year.

Source: GitHyp

Image via: LoL Esports' Flickr

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