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League of Legends Season 3 finals drew 32M total viewers

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

The Season 3 World Championship for League of Legends set new viewership records for competition in Riot Games' multiplayer online battle arena title, with more than 32 million people watching the finals last month, the studio announced today.

Los Angeles' Staples Center hosted the finals, and Riot previously said that approximately 13,000 people watched the event live at the arena. The total viewership numbers — which take into account global livestreams and television broadcasts from China, Korea and elsewhere — included a peak of more than 8.5 million concurrent users.

For context, that tops the entire viewership for the Season 2 finals last year, which were seen by a total of 8.2 million League of Legends fans and hit a peak of 1.1 million watching at the same time. As a comparison, Super Bowl XLVII this year reached an average of 108.69 million U.S. viewers.

"We're beyond humbled by your passion for and commitment to League of Legends," reads a statement from Riot provided to Polygon.

Riot announced last week that next year, the Season 4 World Championships will be held in South Korea. Check out our recent opinion piece for a full wrap-up of the Season 3 finals.

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