Wild Rift Esports is experiencing a challenging year, particularly evident in the Wild Rift League Asia 2023 tournament, which garnered a disappointing peak viewership of only 9,185 according to Esports Charts.
This figure pales in comparison to the viewership numbers of other major esports events held throughout the year.
The Wild Rift League Asia Finals marked a significant milestone for the Wild Rift community as it served as the major regional tournament for the game in 2023.
The event boasts around US$300,000, distributed among the China and APAC conferences, with a substantial portion reserved specifically for the Finals.
While the tournament was the most-watched Wild Rift event so far in 2023, it’s important to note that the viewership number did not include Chinese viewership, which is believed to constitute a substantial portion of the overall viewership.
Over the past year, Riot Games has scaled back its involvement in organizing officially sanctioned tournaments in various countries, leading to a reduction in its esports presence in Asia.
These changes have likely had an impact on the Wild Rift Esports scene, contributing to the challenges faced during the 2023 season.