Korea’s LCK is by far the most watched region of the 2020 Spring Season so far, according to viewership tracking site Esports Charts. Across all four major regions, the LCK holds the three of the five most watched games — and they’re all T1’s.
Week 2’s major clash between T1 and Gen.G, or Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok versus Kim “Clid” Tae-min, broke all current records as it was watched by 661.5K peak viewers. The previous record holder was the LCK season opening match between T1 and DAMWON Gaming, with Faker versus Heo “ShowMaker” Su being the spotlight match-up in the mid lane, and which had a 540K peak viewership.
The LCK has thus beaten both the LEC and LPL in terms of viewership, and with significant margin. The T1 vs. Gen.G match peak audience was almost 200K higher than LEC’s most watched game, the El Classico between Fnatic and G2 Esports from week 3. The LCS is even further behind, as the most watched game between Team SoloMid and Immortals from week 1 only drew in 387K in peak viewership, making it only the sixth most watch match of the entire season.
2020 Spring most watched games (peak viewership)
- T1 vs. Gen.G, week 2 — 661,502
- T1 vs. DAMWON Gaming, week 1 — 540,191
- G2 Esports vs. Fnatic, week 3 — 475,725
- T1 vs. Hanwha Life, week 1 — 421,177
- G2 Esports vs. Origen, week 2 — 409,532
The towering popularity of T1’s games comes as no surprise. The 2019 roster was lauded as one of the heavy favorites to win the Worlds title, but fell short in the semifinals. The team then initiated major roster changes and parted ways with jungler Clid, top laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, and their coach of seven years, Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun. In the eyes of fans and experts, the 2020 T1 roster came out weaker than its predecessor but that hasn’t stopped it from performing more than well on the Rift. T1 are currently 3-1 ahead of their match against the undefeated DragonX.
At the same time, T1’s captain Faker has been making headlines non stop. From his bold statement that he’s the best in the LCK, to his flawless performance against Gen.G, to his new three-year contract and T1 part-ownership deal, the undying brand that is Faker has been drawing attention and driving fans to the streams — and the numbers show.