As the League of Legends community is gearing up for the next competitive season, Riot Games found some time to wrap up its 10th season and share some numbers achieved with its annual League of Legends Worlds event. As Riot Games puts it, League of Legends Worlds 2020 became the biggest LoL Esports event to date and attracted a record amount of viewers across the globe.

In total, the World Championship recorded more than 1 billion hours watched, the highest ever for an esports event.

However, hours watched is not the stat many of us are interested in. As for average and peak viewer numbers, these are impressive too. On average League of Legends Worlds 2020 had 23.04 million viewers, while the finals reached an impressive 45.95 million peak concurrent viewers, making Worlds 2020 the most viewed League of Legends event in history.

If you’re looking for a reason why so many viewers tuned in this time around, you don’t need to look far. Global COVID-19 pandemic forced people to stay at home and League of Legends Worlds 2020 was a nice way to kill some time. However, we shouldn’t take away this impressive achievement – the same pandemic forced tournament organizers to figure out ways to bring this annual celebration of the best League of Legends players to the masses. Riot games had to create a bubble for its players and staff to compete in and amp up the quality of the production since the majority of the games had no live audiences. Except for the finals between Suning and DAMWON Gaming. We wrote about these in our previous blog post.

We already know that next year League of Legends Worlds will be held in China once again. Riot Games promised local fans a huge live esports event and no pandemic can force Riot to break that promise…