Riot’s 2015 League of Legends World Championships was a huge success, and now we have the numbers to prove it. In October, the final match between Koo Tigers and SKT brought in 14 million concurrent viewers, up 3 million from last year’s high.
The final, held in Berlin, 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.
In total, the World Championships reached 334 million people. Over 360 million hours of gameplay were watched. On an average day, 4.2 million people were watching the matches concurrently.
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!