The 2022 World Championship has finally broken its own peak viewership record during the grand finals between T1 and DRX. The underdog team DRX defeated T1 3-2 in the grand finals of the LoL World Championship 2022 to claim this year’s Summoner’s Cup.
Held in front of a packed Chase Center in San Francisco, California, the final series of the year promised to be one of the most exciting of the tournament. EsportsCharts has gathered all the data from the day and confirmed that Worlds 2022 hit a peak viewership of just over 5 million people.
Twitch saw the most traffic over the course of the series, with 2.8 million viewers tuning in on Riot Games’ official accounts along with various co-streamers. YouTube came to viewership with a 1.7 million peak viewership.
This final, iconic five-game series eclipsed the previous record held by the 2021 World Championship when Edward Gaming took down DWG KIA in a battle between two of the most dominant regions in League history. That series hit 4 million viewers and set a high bar for future events. But no one counted on DRX’s Cinderella-like run this year.
These numbers don’t include viewership from Chinese live streaming platforms. There’s no way to know what the exact viewer counts were from China, but, considering LoL’s immense popularity in the country, the actual viewer count was likely higher than 5.1 million.