League of Legends esports fans gather in big numbers to watch the World Championship

Staples Center

We’re already channeling our post-Season 3 competitive high into plans for the 2014 season, but we’ve finally finished tallying the 2013 League of Legends World Championship viewership numbers and have some news to share.  The numbers were decent. Most-watched esports event in history decent.

On October 4, over 32 million esports fans watched Korea’s SK Telecom T1 defeat China’s Royal Club in front of a sold-out Staples Center – LA’s home for pro sports. At peak, more than 8.5 million fans were watching at the same time. To put those numbers in context, the 2012 World Championship was watched by 8.2 million fans, with 1.1 million watching at the same time.

But more important than the numbers was how it felt to be a part of this event. Sure, the fans gathered in the Staples Center had fun. But all around the world, dedicated esports buffs crowded around televisions and monitors in dorm rooms, bars, and living rooms to experience this event as a community. Five viewing parties topped 1,000 people. 

We’re beyond excited to share our love for competitive play with such a passionate and supportive esports community.

So what’s next? We’re going to do our best to make this an even better experience as we roll into the 2014 Season. The Challenger Series will showcase the next generation of hungry League talent. Next month, the Battle of the Atlantic Tournament will pit the best from Europe against the best from North America. A rather large pond is at stake. 

And then? No and then for now, but you can keep up with the latest at leagueoflegends.com and lolesports.com.