Twitch Top 10 Week of Oct 15th: League of Legends Remains On Top

TWITCH TOP 10 WEEK OF OCT 15TH: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS REMAINS ON TOP

Twitch Top 10 Week of Oct 15th: League of Legends Remains On Top (Photo: Riot Games)

Twitch Top 10 Week of Oct 15th: League of Legends Remains On Top (Photo: Riot Games)

By Feature Writer Jordan Fragen

 

TNL Take: Welcome back.  Without further ado, let’s get right into this past week's Top 10 Games on Twitch.

Twitch Top 10: Week Of October 15th (Graphic: Waypoint Media)

Twitch Top 10: Week Of October 15th (Graphic: Waypoint Media)

Waypoint Media is the leader in Esports and gaming audience data. They support clients like Nielsen and Twitch in their efforts to understand the Esports audience. Reach them at info@waypointmedia.com.


League of Legends Tops The Charts Again

All eyes were back on League of Legends this week as the knockout stage began at the 2017 World Championships. Worlds has never been a particularly exuberant time for NA and EU fans as their teams struggle to match the skill of their Korean and Chinese counterparts.

The match that took place between EU based Misfits and South Korean powerhouse SKT1 (who have won 3 of the last 4 years) in the early morning hours of October 20th was widely regarded to be the best match of the tournament so far. SKT1 ended up taking the set, but there appears to be a bright future for this young EU Misfits roster. However, none of the EU or NA teams will advance to the semifinals so prepare yourself for the ultimate showdowns between the best teams from the only parts of the world that excel at League of Legends  South Korea and China.

But let’s take a look at the numbers. Did you think that League of Legends did well last week?

You haven’t seen anything yet.

While the Viewer Hours, Hours Streamed and Average Concurrents remained relatively similar to last week (not a surprise considering this looks at aggregated data), the Maximum Concurrent Viewers peaked at almost 840K.

That’s an increase of 64% from last week.

Think the growth is just due to the increased quality of matches? Guess again. Compared to the first week of the Knockout stage in 2016, Peak Concurrent Viewership increased 36% and Unique Viewers increased 43%.

League of Legends is still thriving and I can only assume next week will tell a tale of continued success. Be sure to check back here next week for more info.

 

South Park and Warframe Outdo Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

South Park: The Fractured by Whole follows 2014's The Stick of Truth (Photo: Ubisoft)

South Park: The Fractured by Whole follows 2014's The Stick of Truth (Photo: Ubisoft)

Ubisoft’s latest entry into their South Park series and the latest expansion for Digital Extreme’s Warframe both dropped this week.

However both outperformed Valve’s mainstay Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Let’s take a look a both of these games individually.

South Park’s success may not be a total shock. However, what probably pushed it to 6th was the large number of sponsored high-profile streams that took place. Many of Twitch’s top streamers such as lirik, Joshog, timthetatman, dansgaming, and forsenlol (all in the top 100 most followed on the site) streamed the game. This also likely took hours from CS:GO as all of these streamers are known to play CS:GO too. In all, it appears that Ubisoft’s marketing budget went to good use.

However, this does not appear to be the case for Warframe. Originally released in 2013-2014 depending on your platform of choice, the game’s latest expansion Plains of Eidolon dropped on Friday, October 13th. But Digital Extreme’s marketing strategy was much more community oriented, which makes sense given the game’s online cooperative nature. For the first two weeks after launch, the publisher plans to reward players for watching streams of the game with free loot.

Marketing strategy aside, it will be interesting to see if CS:GO's numbers recover next week.

Twitch Top 10 Week of Oct 8th: League of Legend's World Championship Dominates

TWITCH TOP 10 WEEK OF OCT 8TH:

LEAGUE OF LEGEND'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOMINATES

2017 League of Legends World Championship (Photo: Riot Games)

2017 League of Legends World Championship (Photo: Riot Games)

By Feature Writer Jordan Fragen

Welcome to The Next Level's newest series breaking down each week’s top Twitch content and diving deeper than just the surface level. Without further ado, let’s break down the most notable trends in this week’s data.
 

Waypoint Media is the leader in Esports and gaming audience data. They support clients like Nielsen and Twitch in their efforts to understand the Esports audience. Reach them at info@waypointmedia.com.

Twitch Top 10 Week of Oct 8th: League of Legend's World Championship Dominates (Graphic: Waypoint)

Twitch Top 10 Week of Oct 8th: League of Legend's World Championship Dominates (Graphic: Waypoint)

League of Legends World Championship's Dominated the Weekend

TNL Take: Ah, Worlds, how we’ve missed you.

This was week 2 of the group stage, traditionally a very bad week for North American League of Legends fans. This year was no exception. In an absolute slaughter fest, North American teams went 2-9. Both TSM and Immortals were eliminated and Cloud9 managed to made it through only by the grace of SK Telecom and God himself, Faker.

Given that Worlds are taking place in China this year, it was aired at off peak times for the North American and European audiences. Notably most metrics were roughly the same when compared to Week 2 of groups in 2016.

Total Hours Watched increased by 6%, but Average Concurrent viewers fell by 9% and Peak Concurrent Viewers fell by 8%. Likely this is due to the time shift and some viewers electing not to stay up until 3AM watching teams from their home region fail to qualify.

Most importantly, total reach appears to have increased significantly. Last year during the same week, League was watched by roughly 2.5M unique users on Twitch. This year that number rose to a staggering 3.2M, an increase of +27%. Frankly that’s huge for Riot and it speaks to the game’s popularity overseas.

 

PUBG Dominates Hours Streamed, But Is Viewership Lagging Behind?

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues to be a success by almost every metric. Had Worlds not been this week, it likely would have taken the top spot in most categories.

It continues to be the most streamed game on Twitch, with over 37K hours broadcast in the last week. That’s over 4 years worth of content in 7 days.

However, every other category fell between 3 and 10% from last week but only time will tell if this will be a larger trend.

 

Stars of the Week: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and The Evil Within 2

When it comes to variety streamers (personalities not known for a single game), recently released games are often popular picks. Last week, droves of viewers watched indie darling Cuphead.

This week, the spotlight was on Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and The Evil Within 2 which were released on the 10th and the 13th respectively. Likely these games will not reappear on this chart anytime soon.

However given that average viewers watched under 1.5 hours for both games, it appears that many were tuning in to see if these games were worth purchasing for themselves.

Welcome The Next Level Feature Writer: Jordan Fragen

WELCOME THE NEXT LEVEL FEATURE WRITER: JORDAN FRAGEN

The Next Level Feature Writer: Jordan Fragen (Graphic: The Next Level)

The Next Level Feature Writer: Jordan Fragen (Graphic: The Next Level)

I am also very excited to have Jordan Fragen become the next Feature Writer for The Next Level!

Jordan’s amazing data driven design skills have been featured regularly such as the most recent 2017 eSports Brand Investments as well as the NBA Pro Investment timeline.  

After graduating from college last May, Jordan has become immersed in social video strategy focused on the Entertainment industry including Fox, Activision, and comic book legend Stan Lee. Jordan is also extremely familiar with eSports: she's a former Pokémon VGC player, a Super Smash Bros. 4 tournament organizer and an all-around Fighting Game Community champion.

Jordan will be focused on the Fighting Game Community, Data and and don't worry - she will continue designing some of the top notch graphics you've come to expect from The Next Level.

Welcome to the team Jordan!