League of Legends Championship a ratings smash
Viewership is up 25 percent over last year
The great COVID-19 lockdown of 2020 has been a godsend for ESports. Viewership has skyrocketed, whether you’re talking Nascar iRacing or Rocket League. It’s no surprise then that the League of Legends Championship Series has proven a ratings smash.
Viewership for the 2020 series, which wraps this weekend, is up 25 percent over last year.
Those stats are according to LoL publisher Riot Games.
The League of Legends Championship Series finals for 2020 are attracting an average of 182,000 viewers per minute.
Some matches are proving more popular than others during the League of Legends Championship Series. Competition between the hi-wattage teams from Team SoloMid and Cloud9 drew and average minute audience of 467,000.
Like the League of Legends European Championship, the LCS has moved entirely online thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players have never competed by remote before this year.
With fans spending more time at home, they also have more time to watch ESports online.
League of Legends World Championship!
However, the 2020 League of Legends season won’t totally be online. The winners of the LCS and the LEC will head to Shanghai, China at the end of the month for the League of Legends World Championship.
Originally, it was expected that 24 teams would compete. However, COVID-19 has impacted that event already. Organizers has expected that 24 teams would land in China to compete.
For the safety of the players, the plan is to quarantine and monitor them in advance of competition.
Worried that border restrictions would become a problem when trying to return home, two teams from Vietnam chose to opt out of the tournament.
Assuming all other teams decide to play, the World Championship will be the only major League of Legends competition to take place in-person this year.
The worlds get underway on September 25.