Riot Video games has reported viewership figures for the LCS Lock In event, which kicked off the 2021 aggressive season. The event noticed a median minute viewers (AMA) of 196Ok with greater than 9.4M hours watched throughout the competitors — up 43% from the primary three weeks of the 2020 Spring Cut up.
The finals match between Staff Liquid and Cloud9 attain an AMA of 246Ok, peaking at 372Ok throughout official English-language broadcasts. Staff Liquid’s victory secured the group a $150Ok USD grand prize in addition to a $50Ok donation to the charity of their selection (TL chosen the Avid gamers and On-line Harassment Hotline).
This was the primary time the LCS season opened with a small event forward of normal season play. The LCS Spring Cut up has traditionally acquired criticism for its format as a result of an absence of significant stakes impacting a group’s standing for the annual World Championship. In December, Riot Video games introduced a number of modifications to the LCS format together with the Lock In event and a lowered six-week common Spring Cut up season.