League of Legends smashes eSports viewership records for Worlds 2023

Posted on November 20, 2023

League of Legends has proven once again that it remains top-dog when it comes to the world of video game eSports. The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) gathered over 6 million non-Chinese concurrent viewers during their big yearly competition. Worlds has always been a massive event in the gaming calendar, with last year’s tournament also breaking records at the time, reaching 5.1 million non-Chinese concurrent viewers. Even though we don’t have access to Chinese viewership numbers, we can imagine that these numbers would be substantially higher, as the game has a big following in China.

It’s exciting to see this 10-year-old game still gaining popularity, especially with other eSports competitions failing to maintain relevance. The news of League of Legends Worlds breaking eSports viewership records was originally reported by Esports Charts, showcasing the exciting growth and potential of this industry that shows no signs of slowing down.

One of the most exciting aspects of Worlds 2023 and perhaps the reason there was such interest in the tournament this year is that T1 were back in the final. This South Korean team took out the win, making them 4-time winners. Old and new League of Legends fans alike were happy to rally around T1 as a known and globally celebrated team, lead by Faker in the mid-lane who was apart of T1 when they first won worlds 10 years ago. If he wasn’t already, this latest victory cements Faker as the greatest League of Legends Worlds player of all time.

Did you watch Worlds 2023? What were the highlights for you?