The Twitch channel of Riot Games, developer of global MOBA hit League of Legends, has become the first to amass one billion views on the platform.
By comparison, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins currently sits at 228 million total views, although of course this has been accomplished in a fraction of the time that League of Legends has been able to build its numbers.
Riot’s oldest Twitch video dates back to 2012. Its most popular video, part two of the Season Two World Championship Finals between the Taipei Assassins and Azubu Frost, has over 657k views.
League of Legends was the king of the Twitch castle until the arrival of battle royale pair PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, but still regularly ranks as the third most viewed game on the service.
One key advantage League of Legends retains is its competitive scene. In May its mid-season invitational attracted an amazing 127m viewers. Indeed, the 1bn Twitch milestone was hit during the North American League of Legends Championship Series games as Fly Quest beat Optic Gaming. At the time it had over 100,000 concurrent viewers.
In fact, prior to the milestone being hit, news of its approach was shared on the game’s social channels, leading to an influx of viewers to help push it over the line.