The League of Legends World Championship or simply Worlds, this year has attracted a massive number of viewers from all over the globe who enjoy this type of entertainment. The Worlds 2018 as the conclusion of the League of Legends season brought amazing teams together so the fun is definitely guaranteed.
This year’s League of Legends World Championship organized by Riot Games is held in South Korea starting from 1st of October until 3rd of November when we will know who is the ultimate winner of this League of Legends competitive season. So far, we have seen some great matches between twenty-four teams. In the first stage or play-in, there were teams participating drawn into four different groups divided on seeding.
The championship’s knockout phase included eight team and the first place team from the previous stage of the competition battle a second-placed team. Winners automatically advance to the competition’s Main Event. At the moment, this group stage of the competition is closed and there are only eight teams left in the competition battling their way towards the biggest trophy in the eSports industry, the Summoner’s Cup.
More than 6.66 Million Hours Watched
The initial part of the competition or its play-in stage earned around 6.66 million hours watched while the following stage of the competition, its Group Stage earned around 10.65 million hours watched over the course of eight days. It is more than apparent that with those rising stakes and with fewer teams staying in the competition, the competition’s viewership channel has been constantly increasing.
The competition reached its peak on 14th of October having around 1.81 million hours watched which is the second highest viewership ranking accumulated in a single day of the competition this year. This latest record is only surpassed by the LCS or League of Legends Championship Legends held back on 8th of April when the series accumulated around 1.88 million hours watched in a single day.
This latest record-breaking viewership ranking, in fact, has shown a massive potential of the competition which by all means can bring more popularity to these kinds of eSports both international and regional events. With the rise of the industry and with more and more people attracted to these types of competitive events, eSports teams could benefit more in their future competitive seasons.
Viewership Channels Reaching Their Peak Following a Massive Cloud9 Success
As you probably know, during the initial stage of the competition, those North American teams struggled greatly to stay in the game. 100 Thieves and Team Liquid, in fact, had been eliminated early on in the competition while back on Sunday, the competition viewership channel reached its peak following team Cloud9’s great success.
The biggest question here is it possible that this Cloud9 banner day had something to do with the massive increased in the viewership channel. The most likely answer is yes as those North American fans have shown a great enthusiasm during this stage of the competition which probably led to this great spike in viewership. The spike in viewership probably did not come from Chinese and South Korean as the competition Twitch is banned in South Korea and China.
For this reason, there were only two regions which had a massive impact on the viewership channels on Sunday which were North American and Europe. Those European fans were voting for their Team Vitality which had some good changes but was eventually eliminated by Cloud9. Therefore, it is safe to say that this added interest in the competition was primarily caused by Cloud9 success.
Offering a Unique Experience
Unlike those traditional sports, these types of competitions due to their different nature create a different, unique experience. Despite the fact that teams have their fans throughout the entire season, their supporters are most active during the Wolds competition. In fact, for many fans of the competition, supporting one team means supporting their region, rather than an individual team.
When it comes to North American fans which massively contributed to those spikes in the viewership channels, they are especially active during the current stage of the competition as historically looking, their region commonly struggled to stay in the game during this stage. Early on during the competition, North American fans were unsure whether they will have a team moving forward in the competition. Following the latest Cloud9 success, they have their team to support.