League of Legends hosts 14.7 million concurrent viewers during Worlds

The crowd in Chicago packs the house at the League of Legends 2016 World Championship. Provided by Riot Games

The 2016 League of Legends World Championship finals were the longest series in Worlds history and were seen by 43 million people according to Riot Games in a release on the League of Legends esports website.

The peak concurrent viewership for the final matchup was 14.7 million, on par with the number reported for last year's tournament by Riot. The reported 370 million total hours of live coverage consumed across the entire event also lines up similarly to last year's event, which saw 360 million hours of real-time viewership. However, the number of unique users who watched the final series did grow from 36 million a year ago to 43 million in 2016.

These numbers are significantly higher than 2014, but represent only a small jump year over year. However, the growth in prize money awarded is most notable, as Riot Games' decision to allow fans to purchase in-game items to help boost the prize pool led to a total of $6.7 million being awarded.

Riot also included a note that Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi's 690 minions killed during Cloud9's match with Flash Wolves represents a Worlds record.