The latest information from market research company Newzoo has also provided the top 10 most watched Esports sports in 2018. This data includes hours watched on both YouTube and Twitch.
The popular MOBA game League of Legends is holding the throne with the current 240 million watch hours in 2018, while the first-person shooter, Counter-Strike: GLobal Offensive is just 28 million lower, reaching 212 million watch time.
Finishing the top 5 were Dota 2, Overwatch and Hearthstone with equivalent watch hours of 180, 96, and 43 million. Two titles from Valve and Blizzard are in the top 5, but Blizzard alone adds two games in 6th and 7th place, Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft 2.
- League of Legends – 240 million hours
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 212 million hours
- DOTA 2 – 180 million hours
- Overwatch – 96 million hours
- Hearthstone – 43 million hours
- Heroes of the Storm – 19.5 million hours
- StarCraft 2 – 17.5 million hours
- Rainbow Six Siege – 14.5 million hours
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 14 million hours
- Rocket League – 13 million hours
Many people wonder where Fortnite is on this list when this game has been at the top on Twitch and YouTube for quite a while. The answer lies in the conditions for entering this data. “Newzoo states that “Esports hours include content going to professional Esports tournaments, not individual streams (of professional players.”)
Managing Director at MLG Adam Apicella disagrees with the above data. He claimed that “this information is wrong” and that Call of Duty World League hours are double the 9.5 million hours Newzsoo claims, not counting other game events.
Currently, Newzoo has not officially responded to Acipella’s comments.
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