LoL Worlds 2023 Becomes The Most-Watched Esports Tournament Of All Time

19 Nov 2023
Tit Krajnik 19 Nov 2023
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  • League of Legends World Championship 2023 broke viewership records
  • LoL Worlds 2023 reached over 6.4 million peak concurrent viewers
  • With that, LoL Worlds 2023 became the most-watched esports tournament of all time
League of Legends World Championship 2023 Finals
League of Legends World Championship 2023 Finals (Getty Images)
The League of Legends World Championship 2023 concluded on Sunday, November 19, with T1 beating Weibo Gaming in the grand final. With that, Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok claimed a record fourth LoL Worlds title, but Faker wasn't the only one who broke a record on Sunday.

As confirmed, League of Legends World Championship 2023 peaked at over 6.4 million concurrent viewers, thus setting a new world record and becoming the most-watched esports tournament of all time. Not only did LoL Worlds break the record for the biggest viewership number for an esports event, but three separate (English, Korean, and Vietnamese) broadcasts also broke the record in the first match of the finals.

Of the 6.4 million peak viewers that the LoL Worlds 2023 finals got, YouTube held the largest share at 3,282,385 viewers, followed by Twitch at 2,528,586. Meanwhile, the Korean broadcast surpassed 2 million (2,028,687), the English broadcast was just shy of 1.7 million (1,691,323), and the Vietnamese peak viewership number reached 805,343.

By reaching over 6.4 million peak viewers, LoL Worlds 2023 shattered all previous esports viewership numbers by a large margin. To put it in perspective, the most watched Counter-Strike tournament to date, the PGL Stockholm Major 2021, peaked at 2.7 million viewers. 

But that's hardly shocking, considering the last three LoL Worlds all rank among the top most most-watched esports tournaments.

  • LoL Worlds 2023 – 6,402,760 peak viewers
  • Free Fire World Series 2021 – 5,415,990 peak viewers
  • LoL Worlds 2022 – 5,147,701 peak viewers
  • M4 World Championship – 4,270,270 peak viewers
  • LoL Worlds 2021 – 4,018,728 peak viewers

So, while the popularity of League of Legends is hardly shocking, LoL Worlds 2023 only demonstrated how big Riot Games MOBA title really is, suggesting that LoL still has a very bright future ahead as one of the biggest and most-watched esports titles in the world.