The incline of momentum towards competitive esports continue to prove to be a monumental achievement for the market in professional gaming as popular titles like Call of Duty and Fortnite illustrate the amount of influence & profits that result from sponsorships and high-capacity viewership. Witnessing this summer’s Fortnite World Cup as an estimated 2.3 million viewers tuned in for the solos final for Epic Games’ battle royale should prove to be an impressive record in contrast to previous viewings for CSGO and League of Legends.
However, that recent feat obtained by Fortnite looks to have been overtaken by Riot Games with this most recent match for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. According to analytics provided by ESCharts, this past Sunday’s quarterfinals match between Splyce and SK Telecom T1 has peaked to 2,504,751 viewers, peaking a new record over June’s Fortnite event.
An approximate 169,925 additional viewers streamed the League of Legends Worlds match compared to the Fortnite World Cup solos final.
Knowing that the currently ongoing World Championship is about to enter semifinals with the final four teams seeded to play next month, these numbers look to potentially increase in growth leading towards the Finals later in November. A separate broadcast that same day between G2 Esports and Damwon Gaming peaked at roughly 2.1 million viewers, however, did not excel in the same amount of audience accounted as the other showing.
Reflecting on SK Telecom T1’s performance which spawned the outcome for the new peak record of viewers for beating Splyce 3-1, it is projected that this number could easily be surpassed when looking at the newest projections for the South Korean team. Upon reaching semifinals for SKT, Sports Betting Dime suggests that the team to potentially have the better odds against G2 Esports next week.
SK Telecom T1 in comparison to last week’s odds-on favorites of -120 has now been reshaped to favorites of +135 this week. With the team’s lower projections looking to be in favor for this coming Sunday’s match, SKT looks to possibly come out victorious over G2 Esports: which could indicate a possible World Championship win for SKT for the fourth time following last year’s short run in the quarterfinals against Damwon Gaming.
In other League of Legends news, Riot Games in celebration of the universe’s birth ten years ago announced that the game will finally be arriving to console and mobile via League of Legends: Wild Rift.
Do you think League of Legends will overtake its own peak viewership later next month?
Source: The Loadout