More than 800M hours of eSports watched on Twitch in 10 months

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Between August 2015 and May 2016, eSports fans consumed a whopping 803.7 million hours of eSports league and event content on Twitch, reports Newzoo. This accounted for between 14% and 31% of total hours watched on Twitch.

Nearly three-quarters (71.3%/573 million hours) of eSports hours are spent watching Twitch content from event organizers with Riot and ESL combined responsible for more than half (51%) of these organizer hours. Overall, the top seven organizers account for 90% of organizer hours.


That Riot dominates as a tourney broadcaster on Twitch (accounting for around 28% of hours) is impressive when you consider that the studio has just one game – League of Legends. By contrast, coming second to Riot is ESL, which as several games including Dota 2 and Counterstrike: Global Offensive.

Last month, Newzoo’s Global eSports Market Report revealed that the number of consumers globally that are aware of eSports will exceed one billion this year. That’s up 36% compared to last year. Across the 16 countries analysed by Newzoo, the average awareness of eSports among gamers rose from 53.7% last year to 65.7% this year.



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