Riot claims World Championship 2019 final was most-watched League of Legends event yet

Riot claims World Championship 2019 final was most-watched League of Legends event yet

League of Legends developer Riot Games has said that the final of this year's World Championship events was the most-watched event for the game yet.

In a video (below), the company said that across the entire World Championship 2019, there was a peak concurrent viewership of 44m users, while on average 21.8m people were watching each and every minute.

This comes after a 36 per cent dip in viewership for the League of Legends All-Star 2019 event.

Riot has recently been celebrating the tenth anniversary of its hit MOBA, announcing a swathe of new content for the IP. That's on top its newly-announced Riot Forge publishing label which is releasing new League of Legends titles from external developers. The first two of these -Ruined King by Airship Syndicate and Convergence by Double Stallion Games - were announced at The Game Awards 2019

This also follows Riot facing a few years of intense scrutiny in the wake of a damning exposé from Kotaku, which revealed its working culture to be toxic and discriminatoryThe company has recently agreed to pay out $10m to female employees who faced pay discrimination

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