League of Legends Worlds Semi-Final Becomes Most Streamed Esports Match Ever

G2 Esports’ semi-final victory over SK Telecom T1 during the League of Legends World Championship finals has become the most-streamed esports match ever, bringing in nearly four million viewers.

The semi-final matchup between G2 and last year’s champions SKT clocked in 3,985,787 viewers at its peak across a variety of platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live. YouTube was the platform with the highest traffic after nearly two million viewers streamed the match on its service. The four million viewers smashed the previous record held by the Fortnite World Cup in July, which was watched by over two million fans. 

As for the match itself, those four million viewers were treated to a spectacle, with some commentators regarding it as one of the greatest in LoL’s history. G2 is considered the best LoL team in the West and had triumphed at the other major international event, the Mid-Season Invitational. Their competitors, SKT, were world champions last year and are considered by many as the best franchise in the game. The teams leveled the first two games before G2 emerged victorious in the decisive matchup. 

G2’s victory means they qualify for the World Championship finals for the first time ever where they will take on FunPlus Phoenix, who defeated Invictus in the other semifinal on Saturday. G2 and FPX will take the stage at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on November 10 to battle it out for the Summoner’s Cup. The champion also will receive 37.5% of the prize pool, which will be at least $2.225 million USD in total, according to developer Riot Games. The runner-up will take home 13.5% of the pool.

Invictus Gaming and SKT will earn at least $155,750 for their semifinal finish.

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