Home Audience Insight GTA Steals Second Place Again – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, Feb. 22-28 – ARCHIVE

GTA Steals Second Place Again – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, Feb. 22-28 – ARCHIVE

by James Fudge

Grand Theft Auto V is having a resurgence that shows no signs of slowing down, causing some interesting shake-ups in the streamer rankings. Valheim also appears to be more than a flash in the pan, though has not risen to the ranks of previous trends like Among Us or Fall Guys.

Twitch’s Top Channel – xQc

When a game is surging up the Twitch charts, expect to see Félix “xQc” Lengyel at the center of it. Twitch’s most-watched streamer has been a key part of multiple recent trends, and the current surge in Grand Theft Auto V is no different. Lengyel was among the game’s biggest streamers, but it’s latest wave has also buoyed a number of streamers who previously vied for his place at the top. Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar, a former rank one Twitch streamer, reappeared this week at third place with nearly 2.5M hours watched largely off of GTAV content. 

Also of note this week is the Rocket League Championship Series X, which held its Winter: North American Major over the weekend, bringing in nearly 2M hours watched on its main broadcast.

Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting

GTA V’s unique place in the streaming landscape has kept it consistently in the top 10, but recently the game’s role-playing element has seen a resurgence unlike its previous iterations. Any time a game can surpass League of Legends in viewership it is worth noting, and GTAV did so last week be more than 4M hours watched, nearly breaking 40M.

While it remains on the Top 10, it will continue to be important to note Apex Legends. The game continues to serve as an important reminder that the free-to-play, content cycle model of modern competitive games always allows a title the opportunity to return to prominence. A game is only truly “dead” when its developer stops making new content.

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