Over a quarter of League of Legends esports viewers don’t play the game at all, according to a new report from Newzoo. The research company looked into the audience data of League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Overwatch, and Honor of Kings fans, and it looks like a significant share of fans can only be reached through esports.
Around 32% of the League of Legends audience play the game only, according to the report, while 42% play League of Legends and watch its various leagues. That means 26% of the audience watch League of Legends only, which is pretty impressive given the MOBA’s incredibly high skill ceiling and mechanical intricacies.
The games with the smallest amount of viewers only were Overwatch and Honor of Kings, which arguably have a smaller esports presence.
Overwatch does however boast the highest share of players only with 54%, followed by Dota 2, with 50%.
Over 1/4 of #LeagueofLegends fans don’t play the game at all!
Instead, they watch its #esports content. 📺 👀
— Newzoo (@NewzooHQ) November 14, 2019
The report also highlights that esports viewers tend to only watch one game. 21% of respondents just watch LoL, 25% just watch CS:GO, and 17% just watch Overwatch. Only 6% of respondents say they watch all three games, which is pretty impressive given how different they all are.