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Riot Games: MSI had 364 million unique viewers

Riot Games says 364 million people watched MSI
364 million people viewed the Mid-Season Invitational, according to numbers Riot Games released Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

The Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) garnered more than 360 million unique viewers worldwide, according to statistics Riot Games released Tuesday.

In a post titled “By the Numbers,” Riot released some figures from MSI, which took place in Brazil in May. A total of 364 million unique viewers (including re-broadcasts) from around the world watched the event, with a peak of 4.3 million concurrent viewers.

The best-of-five final between three time world champion SK Telecom T1 and European powerhouse G2 Esports averaged more than 2.5 million concurrent viewers, according to the release.

MSI also included fan contribution to the prize pool this year, much like last year’s League of Legends World Championship, through the purchase of the Championship Karma skin and the MSI ward skin. With 25 percent of each sale adding to the total prize pool, fans contributed $1.7 million to the pot, raising the total prize pool rise from $250,000 to about $2 million.

MSI is a yearly tournament (three years running) where the champions of each major region’s spring split are invited to compete. This year also included all of the minor regions as well, placing them in a play-in stage with a chance to compete against the rest of the world’s best.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games


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