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League of Legends Draws In Massive Amounts of Viewers

We already knew that Riot’s 2015 League of Legends World Championships was a huge success. But now Riot has released some of the numbers to prove it.

In October, the final match between Koo Tigers and SKT brought in 14 million concurrent viewers. Last year’s highest number of concurrent viewers was 11 million.

The final, which was held in Berlin, also boasted a total of 36 million unique viewers over the course of the matches. These final four matches saw an almost-upset when the Koo Tigers broke SKT’s Championship-long win streak. Last year’s final between Samsung White (the eventual winner) and Royal Club drew 27 million uniques throughout.

All in all, the World Championships reached 334 million people, and over 360 million hours of gameplay were watched. On an average day, 4.2 million people were watching the matches at once.

It’s hard to put these numbers in perspective, so here’s something to help you visualize it:

The 2016 season is going to bring lots of changes to League of Legends. The champion selection system has been completely revamped, making it easier for players to specialize in characters and flesh out teams with the skillsets they need.

A new loot and crafting system is also being implemented. The loot system will dole out skins, character rentals, and other bonuses. It is also going to be restricted to players who are good sports about the game.

There’s still no word on where the 2016 World Championships will take place, but we’re looking forward to it!

Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin’s Gaming With the Moms podcast. You can always count on Simone to make it weird.
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Simone de Rochefort is a game journalist, writer, podcast host, and video producer who does a prolific amount of Stuff. You can find her on Twitter @doomquasar, and hear her weekly on tech podcast Rocket, as well as Pixelkin's Gaming With the Moms podcast. You can always count on Simone to make it weird.

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