➤ The Global Interest in League of Legends Surprises Popular Russian Dota 2 Streamer
Aleksandr “Nix” Levin, a well-known Russian Dota 2 streamer and former professional player, recently expressed his astonishment at the global popularity of League of Legends. In a vlog by BetBoom Team, Nix discussed how he first became aware of the massive following that League of Legends has garnered worldwide.
During his time with M19, Nix encountered a League of Legends team during a boot camp, which had achieved a remarkable top-eight position at the World Championship. This was when Nix was first introduced to the game and admitted, “I started to find out from them what kind of game it was. I had heard about it somewhere, but I hadn’t even seen it.”
Nix also reminisced about being told about a European League of Legends player who had achieved rock star-like popularity, drawing parallels to Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana. This experience highlighted for Nix the stark difference in the level of familiarity and recognition between Dota 2 and League of Legends in various regions.
Moreover, Nix discussed how League of Legends is not as widely known in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, where Dota has traditionally been a dominant force in cyber cafes. He pointed out that while Dota has historically thrived in the CIS, League of Legends has surpassed it in popularity in other regions, emphasizing the game’s global reach.
Nix’s revelation is particularly significant in light of the fact that League of Legends has consistently held the highest peak viewership among all esports titles, far surpassing Dota 2 in terms of viewership numbers.
✔️# Why is Nix surprised by the popularity of League of Legends?
Nix, a prominent figure in the Dota 2 community, expressed surprise at the global popularity of League of Legends because he had never played the game and had minimal exposure to it within the CIS region, where Dota 2 has traditionally been dominant.
✔️# How did Nix first learn about League of Legends’ popularity?
Nix discovered the widespread popularity of League of Legends during a boot camp with his former team, M19, where he encountered a League of Legends team that had achieved notable success at the World Championship.
✔️# How does Nix compare the popularity of Dota 2 and League of Legends?
Nix highlighted the contrast between the widespread engagement with Dota 2 in cyber cafes in the CIS region and the lesser visibility of League of Legends in that same context. He also noted the global ascendance of League of Legends in regions previously dominated by Dota 2.
The surprise expressed by Aleksandr “Nix” Levin serves as a testament to the far-reaching impact of League of Legends as a globally popular esports phenomenon. Nix’s revelation underscores the game’s broad appeal and the competitive landscape it has cultivated, even in regions that were traditionally stronghold for other titles like Dota 2.
As the esports industry continues to evolve and expand, the cross-pollination of games and the emergence of new frontrunners in different regions and communities further solidifies the diverse and dynamic nature of the esports ecosystem.