ESL One Cologne Online Leads Esports-Heavy Weekend – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, Aug. 24-30
It was a week filled with high level esports competition as the League of Legends playoffs neared their conclusion, Dota 2’s OMEGA League moved forward, and Fall Guys got its Twitch Rivals debut. However, it was the Cathedral of Counter-Strike that once again dominated the weekend’s esports viewership.
Also of note is the appearance of Among Us – the latest in a growing genre of streaming-friendly party games which can generate big viewership figures due to the encouraged collaboration between big name streamers.
Twitch’s Top Channel – ESL_CSGO
As one of the most prominent annual Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, ESL One Cologne’s topping of the Twitch charts is nothing new. However, it is worth noting that with this year’s event forced online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its connection to the so-called “Cathedral of Counter-Strike” in Cologne, Germany, existed in name only. Clearly, that name carries enough significance even without the physical venue in question to not only lead an esports-heavy weekend, but to generate over 3M hours watched on the main English broadcast alone.
Europe and North America continued their League of Legends playoffs as well this weekend, with both leagues breaking into the top 10. A hotly contested match between perennial rivals G2 Esports and Fnatic helped the LEC outperform North America’s less-than-stellar competition, generating 2.66M hours watched to the LCS’ 1.86M.
Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting
Just Chatting continues its reign on Twitch, this week accruing more than 40M hours watched. Fortnite was able to take back its third-place spot from newcomer Fall Guys despite the latter’s first esports event – a $50K Twitch Rivals competition. While esports events are useful for providing sustainability to a title, Fall Guys is now several week’s past its initial launch, and as such a decline is well within expectations. The big question now will be how much developer Mediatonic and publisher Devolver Digital want to commit to keeping Fall Guys in contention as a top Twitch title by continuing to release new game modes and cosmetics.
As of last week, Fall Guys had sold more than 7M copies on Steam, a strong showing for a smaller developer. The game has all the makings of a long term Twitch success, but this week’s decline indicates that long term success will require significant investment from its creators to build a Fortnite-esque content update engine.
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