Riot Games has revealed that the 2019 League of Legends World Championships has broken multiple viewing records, with an astonishing amount of people tuning in to watch the final that saw FunPlus Phoenix lift the Summoner’s Cup for the first time ever.
Earlier this year, Worlds broke Twitch records for the most amount of viewers at one time as a staggering 1.7 million people tuned in to the final – overtaking Fortnite’s Black Hole event. Now, Riot has announced that finals hit a record-breaking 21.8 million Average Minute Audience (AMA) in a new blog post. This is a system used to calculate the average amount of people watching each minute by dividing the total number of individual viewers from the total minutes watched.
The tournament consisted of 120 games which took place across Berlin, Madrid, and Paris with the finals being broadcast in 16 separate languages and over more than 20 different platforms. The five weeks of competition resulted in over one billion hours of content viewed around the world with a peak of 44 million concurrent viewers.
Worlds also created quite the buzz on social media, with talk of the tournament reaching the top of both Reddit and Weibo. The official hashtag #Worlds2019 was at one point the number one trend on Twitter too. A lot of activity was driven by the game’s latest band True Damage, with a picture of the hip-hop band flying out to Paris attracting over 500,00 likes on Instagram so far.
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On top of that, Riot Games has also released a lot of fun statistics relating more to what happened in game. Worlds 2019 was the most diverse in picks yet as a record 99 of the then 145 champions were picked or banned during the tournament, beating the previous year’s record of 90.
Meanwhile, world champions FPX dominated the individual stats as ADC Lin ‘Lwx’ Wei-Xiang recorded the most kills (110), support Liu ‘Crisp’ Qing-Song recorded the most assists (213) and top laner Kim ‘GimGoon’ Han-saem shared the record for most first-blood kills (5) with Griffin’s jungler Lee ‘Tarzan’ Seung-yong. One European player did make the list as G2’s Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther recorded the most solo-kills (10) alongside then SK Telecom T1 and now FPX top laner Kim ‘Khan’ Dong-ha. There was also recognition for North America’s Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi who recorded the highest average damage per minute (615) but despite that, the former Cloud9 ADC is still without a team for next season.
Next year’s LoL World Championships will be held in China with the final culminating in the 80k seater Shanghai Stadium. Considering the LPL teams will be competing for a third consecutive World Championship on home soil, except to see even crazier viewing figures in 2020.