The rivalry between LEC and LCS seems to last forever. The spring seasons of the leagues have come to an end, and we will tell you who has taken the lead in terms of view count in North America, what was the number of viewers attracted by the European finals without Fnatic and G2, and who will represent the countries at the Mid-Season Invitational in May.
LCS – the viewers returned to the final
The group stage of the North American League was watched by even fewer viewers than the Lock-In in January. However, the playoffs of LCS Spring 2021 fixed the situation in terms of viewer count, while still failing to overtake the 2020 Summer season.
The final match between Cloud9 and Liquid was watched by 415 peak viewers. Compared to last year’s spring season, the peak viewers mark has improved by 7%. Also, in the case of this last season, the most popular match was not the final one – but rather the encounter between TSM and Immortals in the first week of the group stage.
In the new season, the spots occupied by the popular teams were no longer the same. While the TSM team was a long-time favorite of the audience, it only managed to occupy the third spot in the spring of 2021. At the same time, while team Liquid was a long-time outsider (based on viewer count), it became the most-watched team of the LCS.
Cloud9, the winners of the tournament, are celebrating their victory for the second season – but even this didn’t help them to push the Liquid from the first spot. As such, the team came in the second spot with 215K average viewers.
In the summer, the audience was more diverse – with the tournament being watched by Turkish, French, Italian, and Korean fans of League of Legends. However, in the spring of 2021, the event ended up attracting only English-speaking viewers, due to simply having no broadcasts in other languages. At the same time, the league doesn’t mind the community broadcasting – and it was the latter that attracted the extra audience. The North American League was streamed by such streamers as yassuo, imls, iwilldominate, sneakylol, and others.
Additionally, LCS Spring 2021 was not even included in the top most popular events in March – something that cannot be said about its rival LEC.
LEC – the drama with Fnatic didn’t end well
The European league LEC is doing better than ever, with the event becoming the fourth most popular competition in March, as well as the most popular competition among English-speaking viewers.
It also featured an esports drama of its own. For Fnatic, the season went without Rekkles and coach Mithy, while the team itself began the playoffs from the lower bracket. The confrontation between Fnatic and G2 has been going on for more than one season, but the spring of 2021 made for a complete turnaround – with neither team making it to the end of the competition. Instead, meeting in the finals were MAD Lions and Rogue.
In the end, MAD Lions became the winners of LEC Spring 2021. The team did a great job considering they finished at 19-20th spot at Worlds 2020. As for their final battle of the season versus Rogue – it was watched by 831 thousand peak viewers, which is the fourth highest indicator among all the matches since the start of the LEC.
The absence of G2 and Fnatic had a direct effect on the peak viewers indicator. Some viewers simply walked away due to the lack of their favorite teams. For the first time in a while, the finals expanded from three to five maps – although this didn’t change the behavior of the audience, with the season’s last map attracting the most viewer excitement. It should be noted that already from the second map, the indicators of the final match exceeded those of the matches of 2019.
The league itself has been broadcast on more platforms than its American counterpart. Additionally, it enjoyed a much wider audience, with a total of twelve language groups to be found. The English-speaking viewers constituted the majority (547K peak viewers). Following these were the French and Spanish viewers.
Compared to previous seasons, the LEC was unable to reach its summer peak viewers indicator, although it managed to amass more average viewers and hours watched. But if we compare the LEC with the LCS, we see an unambiguous triumph – given that the results of the European league are twice as high as those of the American one.
The drama with Fnatic and their elimination from the semi-finals made G2 the most popular team of the season with 418K average viewers. At the same time, the team participated in four of the five most popular matches.
There is a minimal gap between Rogue and MAD Lions in terms of the average viewer count. Meanwhile, Fnatic has occupied the fourth spot, as the team played only two matches in the final stage and left the tournament after the encounter with Schalke 04.
The Mid-Season Invitational will start on May 6th, featuring MAD Lions from Europe and Cloud9 from North America. Subscribe to our social networks to keep yourself updated of all esports statistics.
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