As well as an in-stadium crowd of 15,500 at the home of the Malmo Redhawks ice hockey team, millions will tune in on platforms such as Twitch to watch an Esports event like no other. In 2019, for example, the peak viewing audience for the event was a staggering 820,000. Some individual matches have drawn unique viewing figures as high as 1.7m on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. Those mind-blowing figures are an indication of the kind of draw this event has, and an illustration of just how popular Esports are, not just with those who play them at the very highest level, but those who want to see how the best in the business go about proving they’re exactly that.
For the players themselves, the finals offer a chance to lift one of the world’s most instantly recognisable trophies – and a piece of silverware which is more than a one-man job to lift. Which is lucky, because no-one will win this prize without having worked tirelessly as a team.
First played for in 2019, the LEC was one of a series of trophies introduced in collaboration between Thomas Lyte and Riot Games – a suite which includes the Summoner’s Cup, the trophy that’s lifted by the League of Legends’ World Champions.
The LEC crown itself is an extraordinary testament to both the appeal of Esports and also the skills of the silversmiths who worked tirelessly to produce it. In every sense, it’s a hugely symbolic piece of silverware and one which, in a short period of time, has established itself as one of the most highly prized across all Esports.