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LoL World Championship eclipses Fortnite, Overwatch in viewership metrics

Published: 18/Dec/2019 5:54

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends fans already knew the 2019 World Championship was one of the biggest ever seen, and now Riot Games has revealed the metrics behind the event, which dwarfs even Overwatch and Fortnite’s biggest days.

Worlds is the pinnacle of the competitive calendar year for LoL, with the record-breaking event bringing together the best 24 teams from over a dozen regions around the world to duke it out for the game’s grand prize — the Summoner’s Cup.

This year, Chinese kings FunPlus Phoenix proved victorious, battling through a field that included super teams like G2 Esports, Faker’s SK Telecom T1, and defending world champs Invictus Gaming to cement their place in the halls of LoL history.

Riot GamesFunPlus Phoenix became the second Chinese team to lift the Summoner’s Cup at Worlds.

As it turns out, the global event also penned its own pages in the history books at the same time, clocking up some of the biggest viewership numbers ever seen as the closely-contested tournament played out across Europe.

According to new data released by Riot Games on December 17, the tournament hit a lofty peak of 44 million concurrent viewers during the championship, as FPX dealt a swift 3–0 defeat to European darlings G2 during the Paris finale.

Notably, Riot’s premier event recorded a record-breaking 21.8 million Average Minute Audience (AMA) throughout the month-long tournament, which dwarfs the Overwatch League’s grand final numbers of 1.12m by more than 20 times.

Riot GamesThe Worlds final between FPX and G2 was watched by a record amount of fans from around the world.

While Worlds and the OWL final duked it out in AMA metrics, which Blizzard and Riot have both adopted to better represent their advertisement space to potential suitors, the LoL event also matched up well to other 2019 esports events.

Counter-Strike’s most recent Major, hosted by StarLadder in Berlin, racked up 45.2m hours watched for an average of 350k viewers, according to EsportsCharts, while Fortnite’s inaugural World Cup saw 22.7m hours watched by 1.1m average viewers.

In comparison, LoL’s year-end event dialled in at a final record of more than one billion hours of action consumed by fans, according to Riot’s report. The previously mentioned 44m concurrent viewers peak also propped up the stats.

While it seems like League is far outpacing the rest of the esports scene — only Dota 2’s The International 9 comes close with 88.8m hours watched, and 725k average viewers — these numbers recorded by Riot are global statistics, including China.

LoL’s western audience (137.8m hours watched, 4m peak viewers, 1m average viewers) is closer to their contenders, but still above the record. The difference also speaks volumes for the strength of Riot’s international audience.

Riot GamesRiot’s World Championship has become an international spectacle for fans and gamers around the world.

With League of Legends, and esports as a whole, growing every year, it will be interesting to see if 2020 will hold any more record-breaking tournaments.

CSGO will have first bite of the apple with it’s newly-announced Brazilian Major, Fortnite’s second World Cup, LoL’s 2020 Worlds in China, and Dota’s TI10 in Stockholm could all put their hand up for some of the biggest of the year as well.

There’s also Activision’s two contenders in the OWL and the new Call of Duty League, both of which are set for ‘homestand’ formats next year. Whether that will boost interest remains to be seen, but both are well and truly contenders, for now.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:12

by Brad Norton


Fortnite Season 4 is now entering its final week, but before it wraps up, you’ve got one last batch of Challenges to get through in order to claim some huge last-minute experience.

After what feels like forever, the current Marvel-themed takeover is about to reach its conclusion. Galactus is hurtling towards the map, and the Nexus War is finally set for a major in-game event on December 1.

If you’re worried that you might not have time to fill out your Battle Pass before then, fear not. Epic Games has come through with more XP boosts this week than any week prior. You’ll be able to catch up and finish things off in no time thanks to this week’s XP Xtravaganza Challenges.

From where you’ll need to go and what you’ll need to do, we’ve got everything broken down. Here’s how you can complete Week 14’s XP offerings.

Fortnite skins
Epic Games
Foil skins for the current Marvel lineup will soon be gone forever.

There are a whopping 12 Challenges to get through this week, plenty to keep you busy. Many of these can be kept in the back of your mind while you focus on some of the more tricky ones. However, there’s nothing too complex here, so you should be able to get them all done in barely a few hours of playing.

Some Challenges ask you to use certain weapons and items. Be sure to track down Assault Rifles and Boogie Bombs in every game while keeping an eye out for vehicles as well.

One unique task requires you to keep your full health bar intact along with full shields. Obviously, this might need you to camp things out and play it safe. Eight minutes is the set time so try to find a safe spot, barricade yourself in, and wait this one through.

For more casual Challenges like fishing from a motorboat or riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York, your best bet could be to drop into some Team Rumble. Trying these in the standard Battle Royale playlists might prove frustrating. The full list of Week 14 Challenges can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 14 XP Xtravaganza Challenges

  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles to opponents (1,000/2,500/10,000)
  • Hit opponents with Boogie Bombs or Shockwave Grenades (1/9/15)
  • Fish for items from a motorboat
  • Fish for items from a motorboat and a Choppa in a single match
  • Fish for items from a motorboat a Choppa, and a pickup truck bed in a single match
  • Maintain full shield and health for 2/4/8 minutes in a single match
  • Deliver a Small Truck from outside Upstate New York to Stark Industries
  • Generate power for Stark Industries by riding zip lines to and from Upstate New York (3)
  • Harvest Buses and RVs in native Fortnite locations (1)
  • Release Slurp into the atmosphere (3)
  • Boogie before oblivion (1)
  • Eliminate opponents outside of Stark Industries, Misty Meadows, or Weeping Woods (15)
Fortnite fishing
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Fishing will play a big role in your XP gains in this final week of Season 4.

Whether you’re trying to complete the Battle Pass before it’s too late, or aiming for the ultra-rare foil skins, time is running out. This is your final week in Season 4 so get through as many Challenges are you can before everything’s gone.

To get ready for the new season, here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Galactus event in Fortnite.