The 2019 League of Legends World Championship broke its predecessors’ viewership records, becoming the most watched Worlds in history. During the second day of quarterfinals, Worlds 2019 reached a peak of 2.5M concurrent viewers during the match between SK Telecom T1 and Splyce, according to Esports Charts.
The new record was imminent. Already in group stage, Worlds 2019 came close to beating the 2.05M record of the 2018 edition, the second most watched Worlds in history, reaching 2.044M during the clash between SKT and Royal Never Give Up. Therefore, it was expected that come the best-of-5 playoffs, the number will get even higher.
The first day of quarterfinals, however, did not gather as much attention, but the major stories of the second day drew in a massive crowd. G2 Esports versus DAMWON Gaming, which ended in G2 victory, became the second most watched match of the tournament with 2.12M. The game before it, however, between SKT and Splyce hit north of 2.5M, as fans flocked to watch whether the LEC third seed can deliver the biggest upset in LoL history.
While Splyce ended up losing 1-3, their performance in the series was more than exciting. The “snakes” not only valiantly resisted SKT in the games they lost, but even took a game of the Koreans, which is what likely drew in the massive viewership.
Ahead of the semifinals, Worlds 2019 brings more exciting stories that are likely to push the viewership peak even higher. While the all-Chinese semifinal between Invictus Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix might be not that interesting to the western audience, the MSI rematch between SKT and G2 certainly will.