Is League of Legends SEA Playerbase Declining?

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We all know that League of Legends is among the most played online games worldwide, but we didn’t realize just how huge it is. It’s time to determine how many League of Legends players there are overall. The number of players in League of Legends in 2022 is no joke. It is now among the most popular multiplayer games and the most popular Esports in the world thanks to an increase in player numbers year after year.

There is a buzz all around. Southeast Asian gamers have enthusiastically welcomed Riot Games’ self-publishing of League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics starting in January 2023.

Twelve years have passed since Garena was granted ownership of the MOBA. Positive and negative consequences have been felt by the player base since the partnership’s inception in 2009. Technical, player, esports, and infrastructure support from third-party publishers have decreased in recent years.

In the meantime, Riot Games created and released more video games, like Valorant and Wild Rift, which several players preferred to League’s stale state.

To learn more about Riot’s player base in the region, ONE Esports had an exclusive interview with Alex Kraynov, Managing Director of APAC. Riot is now self-publishing its most popular game and esports title for the first time in SEA.

Not only has the game itself not improved in terms of quality of life, but over time, support for LoL esports leagues at all levels of competitive play has declined. The number of events held decreased over time, decreasing the motivation for participants to stick around.

Competitive players have moved to other LoL esports leagues as a result, or they have switched to Riot-supported games like Valorant or Wild Rift entirely.

Given these patterns, you might be shocked to learn that the League of Legends player base in the SEA region as a whole isn’t declining.

Audience in SEA for League is stable now. In some countries, it’s even growing and it’s not declining. That’s a real fact, which is great news to us,” he said. “We’re not coming in to take over a shrinking business.”

He added that after Riot assumes ownership, they will undoubtedly check on match-making and ranked queue timings.

“The playing base is often quite strong. Because we didn’t have a lot of influence over this in SEA, we were pleasantly surprised. We were glad to see it, he continued.

The account linking process started on November 18, 2022. The full step-by-step account migration tutorial and FAQ can be found on Riot’s official Account Migration Microsite.


What can you say about Riot server migration over the SEA region? Will the player base continue to rise?

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