Overwatch League ends the year as the fourth most-watched channel on Twitch

Dec 31, 2018

The Overwatch League had a better year than first anticipated, officially becoming the fourth most-watched channel on Twitch— but the statistics aren’t as clear as they may look.

It was announced on Twitter that the inaugural season of the OverwatchLeague beat both Counter-Strike and Dota 2 to become the second most-watched competitive league on Twitch with over 74 million hours watched, just behind League of Legends.

When considering the hours watched per hours streamed, the Overwatch League came on top with 108,588 viewers per hour, over 687 hours in total. In comparison, League of Legends had 52,545 viewers per hour, over 1890 hours.

While both statistics are admittedly not the most straightforward of metrics, the Overwatch League has seen vast improvements in a game that was previously considered a spectator’s nightmare.

Additionally, the statistics are only from Twitch, discounting YouTube, as well as much of the Asian viewerbase, who watch on popular platforms like Douyu and Huya. This could be a contributing factor that would no doubt skyrocket the total League of Legends viewership, too.