The ELEAGUE Boston Major reaches seven million total hours watched across the main English and Russian channels, while The Overwatch League brings Blizzard’s shooter back to the Twitch Top 5 for the first time since August 2017.
Every week, The Esports Observer breaks down the most watched Twitch content from a curated list of 35,000+ channels, and analyzes the major esports competitions, events, and news affecting video game streaming. The titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched for each title, from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Audience Insights.
The arrows signal whether a game has risen or fallen in the rankings.
1. League of Legends (+ 3.8 M)
One of The Esports Observer’s most read stories from last week was the record level viewership achieved by Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp. Having been banned from playing League of Legends for bad behaviour since April 30, 2016, the streamer’s peak concurrent viewership of over 370,000 well surpassed the previous record of 245,000, set by SK Telecom T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeokLee “Faker” Sang-hyeok.
While Tyler1 will now remain a standard figure in League of Legends viewership, in next week’s Twitch Top 5 he’ll most likely be joined by the debut esports games of the year, including matches from the LCK and EU LCS.
2. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (+ 0.2 M)
While PUBG may not have dropped from top spot, thanks largely in part to Tyler1’s stream, the survival shooter still managed to edge ahead of a CS:GO Major competition. In previous weeks, Cloud9’s Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek had effortlessly made his way to the top of the list of streamers by total hours watched, but last week he dropped to number three.
3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (+ 9.1 M)
Whenever Counter-Strike: Global Offensive re-enters the Twitch Top 5, it’s almost certainly due to a Major competition. That said, the seven million total hours watched across ELEAGUE’s main Twitch channel, as well as the Russian broadcast through Starladder, was an astonishing increase. The most recent, comparable competition was last year’s DreamHack Masters Malmö, which was just a bit higher at 7.2 million hours of viewership on both main English and Russian channels.
4. Overwatch (+ 5.9 M)
When the news broke that Blizzard Entertainment had signed a two-year deal with Twitch to exclusively broadcast the Overwatch League on their platform, it was practically a given that Overwatch itself would reappear on the Twitch Top 5. In totality, 5.6 million hours of viewership across four days is certainly a respectable start, but it should be noted that the difference between the first and fourth day was 1.8 million hours of viewership, against 960,000—a near 50 percent drop in total hours watched.
5. Fortnite (+ 2.6 M)
While Fortnite may not be able to overtake PUBG viewership overall, the top five channels for Epic Games’ survival shooter easily outclass PUBG by total hours watched. While an esports scene doesn’t exactly exist yet, that hasn’t stopped Team SoloMid putting together their own Fortnite squad. Whether this starts a trend, the same way PUBG did last year, is yet to be seen.
- The Awesome Games Done Quick Marathon concluded last weekend. In its entirety, the speedrunning marathon collected 19.4 million hours watched, which is less than last year’s—which reached 21.8 million—despite an additional 67 hours of airtime compared to the 2017 marathon. It’s also worth mentioned that AGDQ raised over $2.2 million, the highest of any event yet.