The 2019 League of Legends World Championship broke viewership records today during the semifinal match between SK Telecom T1 and G2 Esports. According to data website Esports Charts, the deciding game of the series — a dramatic game 4 which saw G2 come from behind to eliminate LCK’s first seed — clocked at 3.985M peak concurrent viewers.
The number isn’t only the biggest viewership peak for Worlds events, but for esports as a whole. The Fortnite World Cup comes second, but the difference is staggering — “just” 2.3M. Worlds 2017 is third with 2.1M.
That said, the Fortnite World Cup still beats Worlds 2019 by average concurrent viewers (1.14M to 958M), although this comes with the caveat that FNWC was a three-day, action-packed event, while Worlds 2019 is a marathon of a tournament, featuring multiple slow days, including the entire Play-In stage.
The Worlds 2019 numbers are likely to grow beyond that too, as there’s still the grand final left to be played. While many saw the SKT vs. G2 clash as the final-before-the-final, the November 10 conclusion of the tournament is certain to draw a crowd, as a western team is finally within a realistic shot of taking home the Summoner’s Cup for the first time.