Fortnite is still one of the biggest among streamers and content creators, but it’s no longer the undisputed king of Twitch. League of Legends has regained the top spot for the first half of 2019, as Fortnite’s Twitch viewers have gone into decline – and there’s some other notable movement among the biggest games on the platform.
From January 1 through June 30, Twitch viewers watched 512.3 million hours of League of Legends content, according to a report from The Esports Observer. That’s up from 435.2 million for the same period last year. Fortnite has seen 465 million hours watched in the first half of 2019, down from 531.1 million a year ago.
You can blame Ninja for a big chunk of Fortnite’s decline. During the first half of 2018, the streamer individually accounted for 138.1 million hours viewed on Twitch, more than double any other channel in the same period. TEO reports that he’s down to less than a third of that at 42 million, which puts him behind Riot Games, Overwatch League, and Tfue in the rankings.
Just Chatting is now the third most popular category on Twitch, replacing the retired IRL tag in the same position. Grand Theft Auto V viewership has nearly quintupled – thanks, GTA RP – and World of Warcraft hours viewed have doubled this year.
Even with its ups and downs, Apex Legends is at an impressive 181.4 million hours viewed this year. That’s a much better showing than the progenitor of the battle royale craze, as PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds didn’t even make the top ten this year after 232.2 million hours viewed in the first half of 2018.
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Twitch isn’t necessarily the most reliable method of tracking a game’s success, but there’s no denying that streaming is a big consideration in those metrics.
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