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The League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2019) dominated Twitch in October with multiple channels in the top 10, led by Riot Games with 22.88M hours watched.
Influencer-based viewership for the month was down from October 2018 when Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who now both stream on Mixer, each recorded more than 10M hours watched.
The following channels are ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch, from Sept. 1-30, with data compiled using TEO Access.
Coverage of the League of Legends World Championship on Riot Games’ main English-language broadcast led all channels in terms of hours watched both this year and last year. However, the channel’s 22.88M hours watched was a decline from October 2018.
While the main Riot Games channel saw a slight decline, other channels that cover Worlds action in alternate languages, including Korean, Spanish, and French, each had increases in viewership.
Meanwhile, Zack “Asmongold” (last name unknown) led all influencers with just 6M hours watched. In 2018, there were three influencers who all surpassed that mark by a notable margin with Turner “Tfue” Tenney recording more than 9M hours watched as just the third most-watched influencer.
Last year’s top two most-watched influencers, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, no longer stream on Twitch and instead have deals with Microsoft’s streaming platform Mixer.
Top Channel: Around The World
Riot Games led all channels, which is nothing that should be surprising. The World Championship for LoL is one of the largest and most established esports competitions in the world, and the presence that it has on the top 10 in October spans a number of channels and languages.
Not only did the Riot Games’ stream beat all other channels, but the competition itself had four different channels covering it that managed to generate top 10 quality hours watched. While only the main Riot Games channel was able to produce more than 10M hours watched, Korean, Spanish, and French channels covering the event produced 4.88M hours watched or more, making this month’s top 10 dense with esports-centric channels.
What’s Trending: Still on Top
After leading all of Twitch in September with 13M hours watched on Twitch, World of Warcraft’s top influencer Zack “Asmongold” (last name unknown) was again the most-watched broadcast personality, even though he had significantly fewer hours watched.
Asmongold’s viewership in September was largely driven by the release of WoW Classic at the end of August, but even in October, he was able to produce the most hours watched on Twitch for a broadcaster despite the game having little in the way of fresh end-game content.
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