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Top influencers on Twitch see a decrease in hours watched for the week as many take a break from their streams to descend upon San Diego for this year’s TwitchCon over the weekend.
Meanwhile, ESL One New York helped the tournament organizer’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive channel top all others with more than 4M hours watched on the week.
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.
TwitchCon is a yearly convention for Twitch influencers, esports broadcasters, and related companies, and as one might expect, the event tends to cause a gap in influencer-based content.
With the event running From Friday-Sunday, many top broadcasters saw a significant decline in overall hours watched on their Twitch streams as they took multiple days off from streaming to travel to and attend TwitchCon.
A prime example of that is Zack “Asmongold” (last name unknown). Last week Asmongold led Twitch with 2.8M hours watched, but this week he saw that viewership cut in half after only broadcasting for three days and taking the second half of the week off from streaming.
ESL One tournaments for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive don’t have the same sort of weight that a Major does, but in terms of audience generating CS:GO events, ESL One is right up there.
With Twitch viewership across the board lower than normal as various influencers took breaks to attend TwitchCon, ESL’s tournament was able to stand out to become the most-watched channel for the week.
While the Overwatch League provided strong competition for ESL One with its grand finals on Sunday, the event was a relatively short broadcast and only required one day of broadcasting making its total hours watched on Twitch lower than ESL One. Additionally, the event didn’t have to compete with League of Legends esports because Summer Splits for the LoL Championship Series and LoL European Championship have already concluded.
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Week 6 of Hearthstone’s Grandmasters season saw yet another bump in week-over-week viewership. While the first season of Hearthstone’s new esports format saw a decline in hours watched on Twitch as the season went along, the league, which is divided into three regions, has seen a jump in viewership each of the last four weeks.
This coming week marks the final week of regular-season play for the Grandmasters season before it has its playoffs. In season one, the playoffs served as a boost for viewership from the weeks prior, but it didn’t quite match the viewership that Grandmasters had in its opening couple of weeks. For comparison, this past week of Grandmasters play had more hours watched than the opening week of Grandmasters season one, which was the most-watched week of that season.
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