Gaming is no longer a niche hobby. In the US alone 155 Million people play video games regularly and 4 out of every 5 households own a video game console. The average age of a gamers is 35, with an almost perfect 50/50 gender split, making video games no longer a past time of the reclusive teen. It is a multibillion dollar industry that grows ever bigger by the day.
And it's one we're all watching...
Twitch is the online channel that allows players to create profiles and live stream their gameplay in front a worldwide audience. Twitch has proved to be one of the most popular websites in the world, with user numbers even outstripping the likes of Netflix and Amazon.
This platform has transformed the way we now view video games. At the push of a button we can watch players from across the globe play through our favourite titles in real time.
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The most popular games on Twitch right now
I have calculated the following based on the total number of hours that viewers watch a game being played, per month. Twitch streams out over 300 Million hours of live video game goodness every 30 days, but which games attract the biggest audiences?
10. Destiny - 6.4M
Destiny sits in the number 10 slot with a whopping 6.4 Million hours viewed last month. Destiny is an online first person shooter that allows for interplanetary exploration and in game character development.
9. Dead by Daylight - 7.9M
Dead by Daylight is a newcomer to Twitch after releasing just over a month ago. Already, this asymmetric horror game sits within Twitch’s top 10 most viewed streams. This is one to watch (just make sure you do so from behind the sofa).
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - 8.5M
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 takes the eighth slot with a tremendous 8.5 million hours viewed last month. That's a lot of killstreaks.
7. No Man’s Sky - 10.9M
No Man’s Sky, despite its recent bad press, still commands a dominating position within the gaming industry. Sat at number 7 of Twitch’s monthly most viewed list, this interplanetary exploration adventure is a hugely popular choice.
6. Overwatch - 18.3M
Overwatch is the animated shooter that took the gaming world by storm. Chock-a-block with dynamic and utterly OTT characters, this is the competitive shooter for those of you that love a good old team-based scrap.
5. World of Warcraft - 18.7M
The one and only World of Warcraft sits in at number 5 on the most viewed list. One of the world's most popular MMORPG’s recently touted a pretty successful big screen adaptation, though these figures prove audiences are still as glued to their PC screens as ever. World of Warcraft is all about factions, fantasy and exploration, a firm favourite of the online gaming community.
4. Counter Strike: Global Offensive - 25.5M
Counter Strike is the bread and butter of all online shooters. This is a straightforward tactical shooter that allows for comprehensive levels of teamwork. Weathering the annual COD release cycle, CS:GO is one of the most popular online shooters played today.
3. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - 35.5M
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is an online, free-to-play collectible card game that evokes the lore of World of Warcraft by utilizing the lore's races, relics and creatures as playable commodities. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft sits at number three with a massive 35.5M viewers and is responsible for some of the biggest ever e-sport victory pay outs.
2. Dota 2 - 51.6M
Dota 2 is a free to play multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA. This team based strategy game is regular face on Twitch – teams of 5 battle it out online as millions of fans watch the action unfold. With 51.6 Million hours viewed, Dota 2 is a close second on Twitch viewer rankings.
1. League of Legends - 79.3M
League of Legends is the number one viewed game on Twitch – it’s official. This multiplayer online battle arena game is responsible for over 79.3M hours of streamed gameplay. League of Legends has dominated the market ever since its release back in 2012 and to this day continues to net the most attention.
Are you a gamer? Are you a Twitch streamer? Let us know which games you like to watch!