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Who doesn't like a reverse sweep?

LEC Summer 2022 peak viewership broken by Fnatic & XL

  • Viewership is going down
  • Previous numbers might be inflated by COIVD19
  • The gap between the spring and summer split is significant

According to Esports charts, the Fnatic and Excel Esports series broke the LEC viewership record for the 2022 LEC summer split. The clash undoubtedly delivered great entertainment to the viewers and featured a drop of everything.  

The bo5 between both teams was both long and exhausting. Fnatic were 0-2 down, but a reverse sweep came their way, and Fnatic ended up victorious in the end. One of the biggest joys of an esports fan is a reverse sweep, and they got to witness one.  

Furthermore, the series had everything from heated teamfights to long games, which is everything a viewer needs. 

What are the numbers for the 2022 LEC summer split? 

Escharts Lec Summer 2022
Source: escharts.com

Fnatic and XL’s series peaked at 492.065 average viewers. The previous split record was held by G2 and Misfits, who peaked at 387.544. That’s more than 100.000 people on average, which is quite an increase.  

Fnatic is also not left behind in the Top 5. With the current record, they also hold the fourth and fifth positions with 343.590 and 322.290 average viewers, respectively.  

The trend points toward viewers growing the higher the stakes get. Each of the records in the Top 5 was broken by order of the matches, which shows signs of growth. The further we dive into the playoffs, the more the viewership will grow, especially if you are Fnatic or G2.  

Since the summer split of 2019, the viewership has never been below 200.000 on average. However, this split’s numbers are way lower compared to previous ones. 

Comparison to LEC Spring 2022 

Lec Spring 2022
Source: escharts.com

The average number of viewers for LEC spring 2022 was 270.749. That is 86.657 more than the current split, and the gap is quite significant.    

The noticeable difference here is that the first gameday of the split had more people watching compared to the current peak. However, this is expected due to the newly formed rosters at the beginning of the year. 

As anticipated, the Grand Final had the most viewers, and the current split seems to follow the same trend. However, most playoff matches in Spring 2022 couldn’t even break Week 1’s matches viewership, which is unexpected. 

The viewership may have been higher last split, but we are yet to see some of the most exciting matches of the current split, which might boost the statistic. Nevertheless, the statistics point toward less interest in the recent split, which is worrying. 

Comparison to last year: LEC viewership going down, but numbers might be inflated by COVID19 

Lec Spring 2021
Source: escharts.com

The viewership in the league is going down. However, numbers could be highly affected by the previous COVID19 rules and the lockdown. As we know, there were many restrictions. People were staying home, which resulted in more free time to watch.  

However, since everyday life has resumed, more people are back to their day-to-day lives and might not be interested in watching anymore. At least, not until the important games.  

As seen in the picture, the 2021 LEC spring split had the biggest average viewer count. With 309 951, it is almost doubled compared to the current amount: 184.092.  

Numbers might be inflated, but there is no denying that they are decreasing.

Yohan Markov is among the most prolific of all analysts and writers covering League of Legends esports. A long-time veteran of the scene, Yohan has the in-depth knowledge of LoL required to break down the biggest pro games, combined with the lengthy experience covering Riot Games and its many regional leagues needed to break down what's happening and why in the LoL esports world.