League World Championship Comparison Essay

Dec 3, 2014
  • Patrick DorseyESPN Editor

This story has been corrected. Read below

If you knew that Samsung Galaxy White won this year's "League of Legends" world championship, you're certainly not alone.

According to numbers released by Riot Games, 27 million people watched the finals in Seoul (broadcast in the U.S. on ESPN3).

Game 7 of this year's World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals? It was watched by 23.5 million (the series averaged 13.8 million).

The San Antonio Spurs' win over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, which was clinched in five games, didn't help ratings there; 18 million people watched that deciding game (average for the series: 15.5 million).

That number is actually down from the previous year (32 million), although last year's record peak was 8.7 million, and as For The Win points out, the move from the U.S. to Korea possibly hurt online numbers.

As Riot Games vice president Dustin Beck told The Daily Dot, "I think we'll see it go up and down, with probably the trend line going up over time."

A Dec. 2 story on ESPN.com incorrectly listed viewership numbers of the League of Legends event. The 27 million people who watched were for the final round alone.


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By Philippa Warr on February 17th, 2016 at 1:43 am

League of Legends [official site] will be tracing a gigantic fang across the United States of America with the locations for 2016’s League of Legends World Championships (picture of fang can be found further down this article).

In case you don’t follow professional League of Legends, Worlds is the culmination of the various professional seasons around the globe. This year it will ping-pong across the USA, ending up at the Staples Center (which also hosted the season 3 final) in LA. The full list of dates and locations is after the jump as well as some interesting info about the other big multi-region LoL event, the Mid-Season Invitational, expanding.

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