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Asmongold continues to produce formidable viewership figures three weeks following the release of World of Warcraft Classic.
Meanwhile, esports events for less popular games such as Hearthstone and Apex Legends manage to crack the top 10.
The following channels are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Access.
Still Striking Gold
Zack “Asmongold” (last name unknown) was in the process of putting together his best year ever on Twitch prior to World of Warcraft Classic’s launch, but these past three weeks have still proved to be a boon for WoW’s top influencer.
Despite hitting the game’s maximum level (60) already, Asmongold has continued to generate some of Twitch’s best viewership by playing Classic exclusively. In the past week, Asmongold has generated success by playing a lot of Classic’s end-game content and raid bosses. Additionally, he’s pulled together viewers by having conversations with his audience about some of WoW’’s trending topics.
Asmongold’s 3.6M hours watched this past week included an average of 65K concurrent viewers (CCV) and a peak of 130K. No other channel managed to average more than 55K CCV, and only one person, Montana Black, managed to average more than 50K CCV.
Blizzard Entertainment’s online card game Hearthstone took a hit in viewership when a competing strategy-based game, Teamfight Tactics, began open beta testing, but with TFT down significantly, Hearthstone’s esports are on the rise again.
This past week was just week 4 in the second season of Hearthstone’s new esports format that was announced late last year, but it was the most-watched weekend of the new season that began following the release of a new card expansion for the game.
While this week marks growth for the GrandMasters Season 2, the league has three more weeks of regular season play left across three regions: Europe, America, and Asia, with a playoff that follows.
Back to the Apex?
Apex Legends spent a short time as the most-watched game on Twitch earlier in the year, but since then, the title has struggled to find its place on the platform. Esports has presented an opportunity for the game to regain some steam as a popularly-viewed form of content, and the game’s $500K USD Preseason Invitational in Krakow, Poland, this past week may have been a step in the right direction.
The event didn’t generate as much as the Twitch Rivals tournament for Apex Legends did immediately after the game was released, but with 1.1M hours watched on Twitch, the event was able to crack the top 10 for channels, though Apex Legends as a form of content still failed to make the top 10 chart for content.
Out of the 3.4M hours watched Apex Legends generated as a form of content last week, “PlayApex” coverage of the Preseason Invitational accounted for nearly a third of Apex Legends’ viewership. During the days that the event was played, Friday-Sunday, the Preseason Invitational accounted for more than half of Apex Legends’ 1.8M total hours watched.
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