LEC Winter Split viewership surges past 600,000 on opening weekend

    The League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) 2024 season was off to a strong start, witnessing a substantial surge in viewership during the Winter Split.

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    In the first two days of the competition, three individual matches surpassed the 600,000 simultaneous viewer mark, surpassing the previous record set during the 2023 Winter Split playoff finals between MAD Lions and G2 Esports, which recorded 555,521 viewers.

    The clash between French organisation Karmine Corp and London-based Fnatic on day one shattered the 600,000 barrier, drawing a total of 617,991 viewers. 

    The following day saw another record-breaking match, with G2 Esports and Karmine Corp reaching a peak viewership of 644,501, indicating a 14% growth compared to last year's best record.

    Karmine Corp, a recent addition to the LEC, has proven to be a valuable asset with its large and passionate fan base. Co-owner Kamel 'Kameto' Kebir's co-stream, which attracted 174,907 viewers on Twitch, contributed significantly to the team's success.

    The rising popularity of co-streamers is evident, with Ibai 'ibai' Llanos, co-owner of MAD Lions KOI, also making a notable impact. 

    During LEC co-streaming, Ibai garnered over 168,000 viewers, and the match between his team and SK Gaming recorded the second-highest viewership numbers, peaking at 619,787.