TI8 achieves 15m peak viewers, Chinese LoL triumphs over South Korea: Weekly Recap | News
After the madness of The International 2018, the numbers are coming in and attention is finally beginning to dissipate from what was an incredible event, as stakes rise in League of Legends and CS:GO. It’s the Weekly Recap!
Captured from 2018 Asian Games Esports (YouTube)
Team China’s League of Legends team prevailed over Team South Korea in the 2018 Asian Games finals 3:1 following monstrous performances from Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, who earned MVP honors in games 1, 3 and 4.
China’s victory at the Asian Games marks the first time that Uzi has prevailed over Faker in an international tournament, a matter he accomplished with style.
Many have called the finals of The International 2018 one of the best TI finals of all time. And judging by the viewership numbers alone, that may very well be true. Earlier this week Esports Charts — a site dedicated to tracking tournament statistics — released a blog post with data for the event, showing that TI8 surpassed TI7 in nearly all categories.
According to ESC’s statistics, roughly 15 million viewers tuned in for the finals between PSG.LGDand OG, compared to a peak of 11 million last year. However, that statistic does include Chinese viewership, which is notoriously unreliable.
Photo: Copyright DreamHack | Adela Sznajder
Cloud9 even held a map advantage going into the best-of-five as they advanced into the final from the upper bracket. That was no deterrent to eUnited, though, as the underdogs started with aplomb.
Photo: Copyright ESL | Helena Kristiansson
It wouldn’t be unfair to say that the tournament favourites completely demolished Kinguin on their way to capturing the $200,000 first place winnings. Of the three maps, only the second — Cache — was remotely close.
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