Posted Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 09:30 AM PDT by Dick Ward
The peak concurrent viewership for the event was 1.1 million, far more than the next closest event.
eSports has been growing very quickly over the last few years and the 'League of Legends' Season 2 championships show just how far we've come. A year or so ago, 100,000 viewers was unheard of. Recently, both MLG and Valve's 'DoTA 2' tournament drew record viewers, peaking at around 500,000 simultaneous viewers. This blows them all away.
The championships for 'League of Legends' drew in 8.2 million unique viewers between the internet and TV. Online concurrent viewers peaked at just over 1.1 million people. That's the equivalent of one Rhode Island streaming the live event simultaneously. It's the kind of number that's making eSports hard to ignore.
Riot has promised that Season 3 will be even bigger and it seems like they're going to be able to make it happen. The next major eSports event – the MLG Fall Championship – is just a week away. Riot has certainly given them a lot to live up to.
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