2022 World Championship Second Most-Watched Esports Event of All-Time

SAN FRANSISCO, Calif.—League of Legends is the fourth most popular PC game globally with over 120 million monthly players. Aside from building one of the most dedicated fanbases in the world, the “legendary” game developed by Riot Games continues to have one of the most-watched world championships in the online gaming industry with the 2022 World Championships totaling over five million viewers.

The event kicked off in Mexico City and ended in San Francisco.

With Esports on the rise, it is no secret that the national championship secured so many viewers. The only one to top it? The Garena Free Fire tournament held last year in Singapore with 5.41 million viewers.

While some sports fans argued that Esports would dwindle after Covid-19, viewership numbers are speaking for themselves. According to data presented by Sports Lens, with 5.1 million peak viewers, the League of Legends 2022 World Championship is the second most-watched eSports event of all time.

The 2022 World Championship, which hosted 24 teams from around the globe, kicked off on September 29 in Mexico City and culminated on November 5 in San Francisco. During the seven-day championship, League of Legends fans worldwide were anticipating who would be the new champion. After five nerve-wracking matches at the finals, the Korean LoL Esports team, DRX, won the title.

According to official Esports data, the World Championship in 2022—the only official Esports championship at the time of publication—is securing the online sporting giant in the realm of “real sports.”

With 4.02 million peak viewers, the unofficial Esports World Championship in 2021 ranked as the third most-watched eSports competition followed by 2019 and 2020 with 3.99 and 3.88 million each.