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League of Legends: This Year’s World Championship Expected to Sell Out 45,000 Stadium Seats
Developer Riot Games is expecting maximum turnout for their 2014 League of Legends: World Championship finals, which are to take place in South Korea next month.
The event is going to be hosted by the Sangam Stadium which has a capacity to hold 65,000 people. According to EVO of eSports Dustin Beck, that number will drop down to 45,000 once they have set up the stage and other event props.
However, judging from past experiences and recent trends, that 45,000 figure is expected to sell out instantly. Riot Games is now working on extending the capacity so that more attendees can be housed.
“We do expect to sell out,” Beck told Polygon in a statement. “Our early ticket sales have all sold out. We’re trying to create more capacity and flexibility, but so far so good.”
Last year’s World Championship sold 12,000 tickets for the Staples Center in Los Angeles, most of which were sold out in less than an hour of being available. Online viewers topped 32 million in total, while around 9 million concurrent viewers were recorded at a time.
This year Riot Games expects to draw even more viewers. Just yesterday the NA LCS Championship drew in more than 400,000 viewers on Twitch. Not to mention the amount of following the game has been getting the past few years has increased immensely since last year’s World Championship.
The League of Legends 2014 World Championships will take place in four cities over five weeks, after which it will head to the Sangam Stadium on October 19 for the finals.