Most Watched Twitch Content of the Week, May 28 – June 03, 2018

Every week, The Esports Observer breaks down the most watched Twitch Database-Link-e1521645463907 content from a curated list of more than 35,000 channels, and analyzes the major esports competitions, events, and news affecting video game streaming. Titles are ranked according to the total number of hours watched for each, from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Audience Insights.

Last week on Twitch, StarLadder’s CS:GO tournament propelled the game to the No. 3 spot and viewership for DreamHack Austin’s PUBG event could be a red flag for the title’s esports scene.

Twitch Top 10 Content - Table - May 28 - June 03, 2018

CS:GO Bounces Back Thanks to Esports, But Is It Sustainable?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Database-Link-e1521645463907 rises and falls each week, following the comings and goings of featured tournaments.

This week was no exception, thanks to Starladder’s Database-Link-e1521645463907 fifth StarSeries & i-League tournament. The broadcasts dominated the top 10 most watched esports channels on Twitch. The tournament’s collective 8.6M hours watched across all channels—nearly 75% of all CS:GO’s total hours watched—more than accounted for the entirety of CS:GO’s weekly growth.

Perhaps more impressively, CS:GO’s weekly average concurrent viewers grew by nearly 2.8 times week-over-week. Last week, CS:GO averaged a mere 25.3K concurrent viewers. The title had up to 70.3K concurrent viewers on average this week.

This pattern is nothing new. CS:GO’s publisher Valve Database-Link-e1521645463907 certainly knows that the game’s viewership fluctuates drastically depending on the scale of the tournaments in play.

Valve has largely chosen to not interfere with the CS:GO esports scene in recent years. Instead, the publisher heavily invested into its other flagship esports title Dota 2 Database-Link-e1521645463907 by forming the Dota 2 Pro Circuit. Given that the Pro Circuit system is being reworked for the 2018-2019 season, it seems unlikely that the format will be adapted for CS:GO any time soon.

Without more stability on the horizon, CS:GO‘s fluctuating viewership pattern seems likely to continue.

DreamHack Austin’s Effect on PUBG’s Viewership

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Database-Link-e1521645463907 has been in a tricky situation since much of its viewership attention turned towards genre rival Fortnite Database-Link-e1521645463907. Last year, it was the game of choice for many streamers, but few have stayed loyal to the title. The streamers who have stuck with PUBG still tend to split their time between it and other games.

PUBG does have a head start in esports when compared to Epic’s entry into the genre, but this week proved that BlueHole Studios Database-Link-e1521645463907 cannot rely on that to build up more excitement for the title. The game’s latest esports outing occured over the weekend at DreamHack Database-Link-e1521645463907 Austin, but the inclusion of streamers, high level play, and spectacular stage design didn’t translate into a large spike in  viewership.

While PUBG earned 9.8M hours of watch time this week—11% more hours compared to last—only 511.7K hours of them came from DreamHack’s channels or Michael “shroud” Grzesiek and Guy “Dr DisRespect” Beahm’s personal streams from the event. Additionally, DreamHack only averaged 11.4K concurrent viewers on its main channel during the tournament itself.

In all likelihood, the event’s technical issues prevented the tournament from reaching its maximum potential. However, western PUBG esports events has never earned viewership on par with other top esports. The most recent event before DreamHack Austin was organized by StarLadder in March and earned 568K and averaged about 11.3K concurrent viewers.  

This could be a troubling sign for PUBG esports in the west, especially given the upcoming influx of cash for Fortnite’s esports.

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