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Top 10 Most Watched Esports Channels of the Week, May 14 – May 20, 2018

Top 10 Most Watched Esports Channels of the Week, May 14 – May 20, 2018
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By: Jordan Fragen May 22, 2018 esports observer


Riot Games  remained on top this week with their broadcasts of 2018’s Mid-Season Invitational. Across all channels and languages, MSI earned 6.9M hours watched this week, with the main riotgames channel earning 3.5M—over 50%—of the hours watched on Twitch. Riot’s lck_korea channel, O’Gaming TV’s  ogaminglol channel, and LVPes’  lvpes channel are including in this total.

Despite its dominance on the charts, unlike last week, League of Legends had plenty of competition.

Dota 2’s  MDL Changsha Major was Riot’s closest contender. The tournament’s English broadcasting partner Beyond the Summit earned the No. 2 spot on our ranking with 2.2M hours watched. Across all channels and languages, the Major earned just shy of 4.0M hours watched, meaning 54% of the hours watched on Twitch originated from the main Beyond the Summit channel.

Overwatch League  returned to less than stellar viewership. While it did manage to nab the No. 3 spot on this list, the average concurrent viewers for the initial broadcasts of Stage 4 Week 1’s matches all fell below 100K viewers. This is by far the worst opening week for a Stage so far.

The Season 7 Finals for Rainbow Six Siege earned the No. 4 spot on our ranking. While Ubisoft’s tactical FPS title doesn’t typically reach the top 10 on Twitch, its popularity has been growing on the platform since its last major tournament in FebruaryRainbow Six Siege is the 11th most watched game on Twitch in 2018 to date. For comparison, the Season 7 finals averaged 80K concurrent viewers, just shy of the 80.2K the Overwatch League averaged on its initial match broadcasts this week.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  also had two large tournaments this weekend. However, both of these events did not make much of an impact on Twitch—at least, to non-Russian viewers. DreamHack  Tours was broadcasted on the platform, but the finals for the event were held Monday May 21. Additionally, ESL  held the Season 7 Pro League  Finals, but the tournament was broadcasted on Facebook in both English and Portuguese. However, the Russian broadcast on Twitch did manage to earn the No. 6 spot on this week’s list.

The data in this article was collected from TEO Audience Insights. You can learn more about the platform and discover more streaming stats yourself by clicking here.

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