The LEC Spring Finals, hosted this April in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, contributed a seven-figure sum to the local economy, a Riot Games report says. The battle for the trophy, which saw G2 Esports run away with the title to qualify for and eventually win MSI 2019, brought in over €2,35M to Rotterdam’s economy with an average €52.6 spent per guest per day.
The report further states that more than 87% of the visitors were non-local who traveled to Rotterdam specifically to watch the finals.
The LEC Spring season was record-breaking on its own, growing by 50% compared to the 2018 Summer Split. Esports metrics website ESCharts recorded a peak of 477K concurrent viewers during the finals between G2 and Origen. While this is slightly lower than the 2018 Summer Peak, LEC Spring had almost double the average concurrent viewers and total time watched.
The LEC Summer split is also on a patch to break new records, which is good news for the Finals’ host city of Athens. If there’s direct correlation between online interest and offline attendance, then good times are ahead of Greece’s capital.