Twitch is a massively popular service and one of the fastest growing ways people consume games, with viewers watching millions of hours per day of gamers streaming all kinds of games. Well, four games.
According to a study by data service gameloco.com, just four games account for nearly 60% of the hours gamers spent watching Twitch last month. League of Legends alone accounts for 31% of the time people spent on Twitch, while Valve’s Dota 2 (another MOBA) and Counter-Strike: GO make up another 20%. Blizzard’s card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft finishes out the top 4 at about 9%. Minecraft grabs a few bites of the pie, but not a whole lot, really.
The rest of the top 20 is made up of things like Bloodborne, Grand Theft Auto V, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Of any one developer, Blizzard has the most titles in the top 20 with Hearthstone, Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. As Blizzard is a subsidiary of Activision, Activision is also the biggest publisher on the list with those four games in addition to Destiny and Call of Duty.
Free to play game, as you might expect based on League and Dota‘s dominance in time spent watching, is the most popular business model for streamed games. PC gaming makes up the huge portion of games streamed, and games that are popular in eSports are far more popular than single player or non-eSports games.
While it’s hard to use just this information to make claims like “free to play is taking over” or anything like that, it does show pretty clearly how dominant free to play MOBA style PC games are when it comes to streaming.