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Faker's first Twitch stream sets a record for viewers

South Korean pro gamer Sang-hyeok “Faker” Lee is a very big deal in League of Legends circles. The current SK Telecom T1 mid-laner is one of only two gamers to win the LoL World Championship three times—in 2013, 2015, and 2016—and he also claimed the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational title, having placed second in 2015. 

SK Telecom recently moved from Azubu to Twitch, and Faker's highly-anticipated first stream, which took place on Monday, did the kind of numbers his new hosts will have been hoping for. According to PVP Live, the stream peaked at more than 245,000 concurrent viewers, the highest count for a single streamer of all time. Not a bad way to start.

The stream was Faker's first "real" appearance on Twitch, but he's been seen there previously: He was at the center of an early 2015 controversy caused by "Spectate Faker," a Twitch stream that rebroadcast footage of his matches. At the time he and SK Telecom had an exclusive deal with Azubu, but the footage being streamed was recorded via a third-party client, and therefore owned by Riot. Nobody was happy about it—not Riot, not SKT, and certainly not Azubu—but it was enough to comply with the letter of the law, if not its spirit, although Riot was eventually able to force the stream offline.   

If you missed Faker's live Twitch debut, you can catch a recording below.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.