Esports took over Twitch this week with the MDL Disneyland Paris Major for Dota 2 accounted for both of the platform’s top two most-watched channels.
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 Monday through Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Analytics.
Two Times the Fun
Dota 2 Majors usually do a sufficient job at captivating an audience on Twitch, and the MDL Disneyland Paris Major that concluded this week is no exception. Both the main English-language and Russian-language channels for coverage produced 5M hours watched during the week.
The last channel to produce 5M hours watched or more in a week was ESL’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive channel during the final week of the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major for CS:GO at the end of February.
Since the beginning of the competition on May 4, the main MDL channel has averaged 57K concurrent viewers. The Russian-language channel averaged 36K CCV. Top sessions for the event included in the channels averaged 109K CCV (English) and 94K CCV (Russian) for the final day of competition on Sunday.
Mid-Season Night’s Dream
The play-in portion of the Mid-Season Invitational for League of Legends concluded this week, and the main event began on Friday, giving Riot Games’ main Twitch channel 3.8M hours watched for the week.
With live sessions averaging 110K CCV or higher this weekend as the main event kicked off, the tournament is poised to generate formidable viewership during the final week of competition that runs until this coming Sunday.
The RPG Limit Break week-long charity marathon for speedruns from May 5-11 claimed a spot in this week’s top 10 as the event raised more than $200K USD for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The marathon doesn’t quite have the clout of Games Done Quick, which is one of the most-watched charity events on Twitch each year, but Limit Break’s 1.7M hours watched was enough to put it ahead of all but one personality streamer.
Top titles that were played during the event included Final Fantasy X and Star Ocean: The Last Hope, as the channel produced an average of 11K CCV over the course of 162 hours of airtime during the course of the event.