In 2011, just two years after making its debut, League of Legends boasted an impressive monthly player base of around 11.5 million. That number grew to a whopping 67 million by 2014 making it more popular than DOTA and Warcraft III. As a result, League of Legends ascended the esports throne. By 2017, the monthly player base ballooned to over 100 million leaving its contemporaries in the dust. Perhaps even more astonishing is the number of people who actually watch League of Legends competitions on streaming services like Twitch and YouTube. Several major television networks have also caught the wave by airing LoL events.
Then there are the thousands of fans who pack themselves into the newly built esports arenas to watch major events like League of Legends Championship Series. Naturally, you will always find bookmakers lurking in the shadows whenever competitive events mix with large audiences. It wasn’t all that long ago that a few intrepid bookies began offering odds on esports. These days, League of Legends betting is a standard feature at most online sportsbooks and millions of people bet real money on LoL matches . It may be true that LoL’s exponential growth in popularity has slowed, but it’s still the king of the esports scene. How has this esports occupied the throne for so long? Sustained Appeal There was a lot of doomsday talk in 2018 when World of Warcraft surpassed League of Legends in monthly revenue. Many people were quick to declare that LoL’s long reign was over. In March 2018, LoL also fell behind Dungeon Fighter Online in terms of monthly gross revenue which added more fuel to the fire. Other factors such as the rising popularity of other esports like Fortnite along with some ill-timed PR gaffes created more chatter about LoL’s […]
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