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League of Legends final viewers down 15 per cent

Riot Games reveals that fewer people watched the climactic match of the World Championship

The viewing figures for the final of the 2014 League of Legends' World Championship declined by 15 per cent versus 2013.

According to data released by Riot Games today, the final - between Samsung White and Royal Club - was watched by a total of 27 million people, down from 32 million last year. This is somewhat surprising given that the live event in Seoul's World Cup Stadium sold 40,000 tickets - double the capacity of the Staples Center, which hosted the 2013 final.

Other metrics were more flattering, specifically those around engagement. Concurrent viewers, for example, climbed from 8.7 million to 11.2 million, while the average individual viewing time rose from 42 minutes to 67 minutes.

"It's awesome to see fans enjoying Worlds as a community, whether it's with 40,000 friends cheering together in Sangam Stadium, or as a group staying up late at a local viewing party halfway across the world," Riot said in a statement. "We're honored by your passion and participation. Thank you for tuning in."

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Latest comments (3)

Fabien Roussot Developer, Gunjin Games Ltd6 years ago
I think the lower amount of people could be due to the matches time not being as convenient as last year for a lot of people. I know that in Europe, a lot of matches were very early in the morning or during working hours. I'm sure a few couldn't or didn't bother with it as a consequence.

edit: Apart from the semi-finals and the final, me and my friends would simply wait for everyone at a given convenient time and watch VODs.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Fabien Roussot on 2nd December 2014 5:25pm

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Christopher Ashton Carlos Software Programmer 6 years ago
Matches for me here in the PST time zone were around 2 AM, which I wasn't going to stay up until who knows what time for it to end. I think the issue could have just been the overall time, but I know they replayed the matches later, but by then... I could just go to YouTube or other sites and catch up on highlights, or even read who won. I love to play League and watch the LCS games, but I'm not going to re-watch an hour long game just to see who won. I can catch up on highlights, read about it, or view a few clips that segment some oft he best moment of the game.
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development6 years ago
Put me in the presumably small crowd that is surprised the figure was above zero. I'll never get how watching gamers play games has become a thing. Guess I'm too old.
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