The 2021 League of Legends World Championship set an all-time high in terms of viewership numbers, with more fans watching the final match of the prestigious tournament than ever before. According to a release from Riot Games, the grand final series between EDward Gaming of the LPL and DWG KIA of the LCK accrued an audience of over 73 million peak viewers, an increase of 60 percent compared to last year’s tournament.
Earlier this month, viewership-tracking site Esports Charts reported over four million viewers tuned in at the finals’ peak. That number excluded Chinese audiences, however. audiences. The number of 73 million viewers reported by Riot and its esports analytics partner, Stream Hatchet, undoubtedly includes the massive Chinese market for League. The 2021 tournament marked the fourth straight World Championship with an LPL representative in the grand final.
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