More Than 360 Million People Watched This Year's 'League of Legends' Mid-Season Invitational

That's way more than both this year's Super Bowl and NBA Finals


More than 360 million unique viewers watched this year's League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational, according to end-of-the-year numbers posted by the official League esports website. 

In 2017, the League of Legends esports circuit is made of more than 545 pros, across 109 teams and 13 leagues. Competing in this year's season, the website reveals, the "bloodiest" game had 79 total kills, while the longest game clocked in at 1:20:01. The shortest game, for comparison, lasted just under 17 minutes. 

In these games, the most-picked champion was Varus, who was picked 1,274 times. On the flip side, LeBlanc was the series most-banned champion, having been barred 1,834 times. 

This year's Mid-Season Invitational, according to the numbers provided, by far had the most unique viewers, topping off at more than 364 million people over the course of the event. That said, the series' World Championship this year still had over 100 million viewers over the course of the entire event, watching more than 1.2 billion hours of video. During the event, fans contributed $2.6 million to the prize pool, totaling it to $4,946,970.

To put that all into perspective, 111.3 million people watched this year's Super Bowl, while only 30 million watched the NBA Finals.