The conclusion of DreamHack’s Dota 2 Major, DreamLeague Season 11, topped Twitch with the two main channels for coverage of the event sitting at one and two in the rankings.
Every week, The Esports Observer releases a list of the top 10 Twitch channels, ranked by total number of hours watched for the week, from Tuesday through Monday, with data compiled using TEO Analytics.
DreamHack’s coverage of the DreamLeague Season 11 Dota 2 Major this past week led Twitch. With the Russian-language channel leading all channels, the main English broadcast came in as a close second. The 10-day, $1M USD prize pool event serves as the third of five Dota 2 Majors for the 2018-2019 season before The International at the end of the summer.
The Russian-language channel notably outperformed DreamHack’s main English broadcast by averaging 75K concurrent viewers over just 51 hours of airtime peaking at 203K CCV. The main DreamLeague broadcast achieved 34K CCV due in large part to a significantly higher airtime total of just under 153 hours. The channel peaked at just 124K CCV.
Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar has continued his strong performance as Twitch’s top personality streamer for a second straight week hitting 3M hours watched. The only other person to achieve such a feat for a full week during this calendar year was Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, who pushed over 4M hours watched during the first two weeks following the release of the new battle royale game Apex Legends.
Lazar’s success comes on the heels of Grand Theft Auto V’s revival thanks to the assistance of the NoPixel multiplayer roleplay servers that have attracted the attention of many of Twitch’s top personalities.
Lazar is one of just a few streamers who has been able to consistently maintain a Top 10 presence by streaming different games. This year he has streamed more than 100 hours of Apex Legends, Sea of Thieves, and GTA V with at least 3.4M hours watched for each title. Sea of Thieves is still his most-played and most-watched game this year with 10.6M hours watched over 332 hours of airtime.
Dota 2 dominated the week, but a general lack of esports-related airtime helped a variety of influencers achieve more than 1M hours watched. Riot Games viewership was significantly diminished due to the regular season for League of Legends European Championship’s Spring Split ending last week.
Additionally, the Overwatch League saw a reduction in total airtime due to the Stage 1 playoffs. Instead of having around 16 games over four days of coverage, the league had just seven matches during the entire weekend as a part of the league’s eight-team stage playoff.
As was the case last week, the Top 10 was home to streamers from a variety of titles ranging from Fortnite , League of Legends , Apex Legends, and GTA. Viewership across the board was down slightly for personality streamers in the top 10 last week, but the relatively even distribution of viewership across influencers juxtaposes numerous top 10 charts from earlier in the year.