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Teamfight Tactics, Riot Games’ adaption of Auto Chess, has recently been released to the PBE. The release led to many streamers broadcasting their gameplay live on Twitch. Subsequently, Teamfight Tactics quickly became the most viewed game on Twitch based on concurrent viewers. According to SullyGnome, League of Legends‘ latest game mode peaked at just shy of 214,000 Twitch viewers. This ranks it fourth on the peak viewers ladder in the last seven days, which is quite impressive considering the game released less than 24 hours ago.
Twitch is classifying Teamfight Tactics as a standalone game, even though it is technically a League of Legends game mode. If Twitch correlated it to League of Legends, the combined viewership numbers from both “games” would have been much bigger. League of Legends peaked at nearly 300,000 viewers in the last three days, though we have to take esports matches into account. Compared to Teamfight Tactics, Auto Chess hasn’t had more than 65,070 concurrent viewers on Twitch since its release. Only time will tell if this is a good sign for Teamfight Tactics, but it looks promising to say the least.
Partnered streamers and some professional players got the chance to play the game prior to its PBE release. Many of them have uploaded videos of them playing it to YouTube, with some even releasing early beginner’s guides. The general opinion is quite positive, though the game might see more changes before it hits live servers. However, there might not be many as it is expected to be released as soon as in the next patch.
A steady decline in viewership due to scheduled maintenance
Fun fact, the Public Beta Environment went down for maintenance at around 9 p.m. for scheduled maintenance. As soon as the servers went down, Teamfight Tactics saw a steady decline in viewership on Twitch. It went from being the most watched game on Twitch to around 20,000 concurrent viewers at the time of writing this article. It was quite obvious this would happen, but I still thought the near instant decline in viewership looked really interesting.
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Vince Koyle is an esports writer, tech nerd and future CompSci student. He often likes to compare traditional sports to esports, showing his love for both kinds. Also tends to sometimes try too hard with explaining what esports is and how it isn’t any different than traditional sports. He mainly covers the League of Legends scene, with an emphasis on European and Asian leagues.
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