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Riot Games Most Viewed Twitch Stream in History

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Riot Games has made history.

Riot Games, the company behind the popular League of Legends (LoL) game, is the first Twitch channel to reach 1 billion total views on the streaming platform. The company currently has 2.95 million followers on Twitch and 1.75 million followers on the LoL esports Twitter account.

Launched in 2009, LoL has amassed a huge esports fanbase. The 2018 Mid-Season Invitational attracted the most amount of online viewers at once with 127 million viewers tuning into the LoL tournament, making it the most popular esports event in history.

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According to Statista, League of Legends is the second most-watched game on Twitch with 81.62 million hours viewed. Fortnite tops the charts at 143.87 million hours, followed by PUBG at 43.95 million hours, IRL at 40.41 million hours, and Dota 2 at 38.83 million hours. Hearthstone (33.54 million), Overwatch (31.36 million), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (26.28 million), World of Warcraft (13.16 million), and Grand Theft Auto V (11.62 million) round out the bottom most-viewed games.

 

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SuperData Unveils Premiere Tool to Measure Online Gaming Video and Streaming ROI

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SuperData is launching the SuperData Arena dashboard, a breakthrough new viewership reporting tool developed to provide games publishers, brands and sponsors with in-depth audience metrics and insights across gaming video content (GVC) and esports platforms and services.

This industry-changing tool determines the value of top games, industry influencers, popular streaming content, game channels and audiences by tracking a wide range of metrics, such as the number of hours streamed and watched, average concurrent viewers and channel followers across Twitch, YouTube and other top streaming games sources. With the SuperData Arena, comparing game titles with the industry’s most popular streamers as well as tracking the performance of major esports events has never been more seamless.

“Watching games online has quickly become one of the most popular forms of interactive entertainment with many games video titles and esports events now generating audiences that rival traditional media content. The new SuperData Arena dashboard offers brands and publishers the ability to have a combined view of gaming video streaming data metrics with game sales data. It provides a holistic view of how players and fans are consuming and engaging with streaming content across the world’s most popular channels and platforms.” – Joost van Dreunen, co-founder at SuperData

Leading brands and publishers will be able to use SuperData Arena to better inform their sponsorship decisions with SuperData’s proprietary Influencer Value Index. This allows clients to track video games content retention, engagement, magnitude and overall value to determine sponsorship ROI. Brands will also be able to use its interactive dashboards and reports to gauge the value of the top game streamer’s audiences with easy-to-visualize data that features demographic information and purchase intent.

As gaming video content, streaming, and esports continues to experience explosive growth, it has become clear that publishers, brands, and advertisers need a data-centric overview of what consumers are watching and where they are spending their money. SuperData Arena will also help brands identify optimal sponsorship opportunities as they seek to maximize ROI.

 

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Overwatch League Coverage Now Available on ESPN and Disney XD

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Disney XD and Blizzard Entertainment has just announced an exclusive multiyear agreement for live television coverage of the Overwatch League, the world’s first major global city-based esports league.

Beginning with Overwatch League playoff coverage on Wednesday, July 11, across both networks, the 2017–2018 Overwatch League inaugural season concludes with the Grand Finals live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on ESPN and Disney XD July 27–28. All coverage also will be available for ESPN and Disney network subscribers to stream live on the ESPN App and DisneyNOW. To round out the 2018 Grand Finals coverage, a recap show highlighting the biggest moments will air July 29 on ABC. The Grand Finals telecast on ESPN marks the first time live competitive gaming has aired on the flagship network in primetime, and will be the first broadcast of an esports championship on ABC.

“The Overwatch League Grand Finals is by far our most comprehensive television distribution for an esports event over a single weekend: 10 total hours over four networks and three days,” said Justin Connolly, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. “This overall collaboration with Disney/ABC, ESPN and Blizzard represents our continued commitment to esports, and we look forward to providing marquee Overwatch League coverage across our television platforms for fans.”

“We are pleased to partner with Activision Blizzard to bring Overwatch esports to our audience. The Blizzard team has created a genre-leading esport and a premium professional franchise system in the Overwatch League,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. “We are kicking off the agreement by showcasing the inaugural season playoffs and Grand Finals live across our linear footprint. Together with our telecast partners at ESPN, we look forward to growing a legion of new Overwatch fans across the next two years.”

“We are pleased to partner with Activision Blizzard to bring Overwatch esports to our audience. The Blizzard team has created a genre-leading esport and a premium professional franchise system in the Overwatch League.” – Marc Buhaj

“We’re excited to be working with ESPN and DisneyXD to bring Overwatch esports to an even wider audience,” said Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “We’ve seen incredible passion and support from fans during the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, and we’re looking forward to capping it off for them with an epic Grand Finals at Barclays Center later this month.”

The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will culminate in the Grand Finals, the ultimate showdown for the championship: the first team to win two best-of-five matches at Barclays Center will take home the Overwatch League trophy and the lion’s share of the $1.4 million Grand Finals prize pool. Play begins Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. EDT with the first best-of-five match on ESPN, and continues Saturday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m. EDT with the second and potential third series on Disney XD. This broadcast will air alongside the primary digital viewing experience on Twitch, with the Overwatch League also available via MLG.com. A re-air of day two Grand Finals play will be available on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. EDT. In addition, a recap show of highlights from the Grand Finals will air Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. EDT on ABC. The full telecast schedule, from the playoffs through the Grand Finals, is below.

Overwatch League 2017–2018 Playoffs and Grand Finals Telecast Schedule

DateTime (EDT)EventNetwork(s)
Wed, July 118 p.m.Day 1 of QuarterfinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Fri, July 138 p.m.Day 2 of QuarterfinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Sat, July 144 p.m.Day 3 of QuarterfinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Wed, July 188 p.m.Day 1 of SemifinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Fri, July 207 p.m.Day 2 of SemifinalsESPNEWS
Sat, July 217 p.m.Day 3 of SemifinalsESPN2
Fri, July 277 p.m.Day 1 of FinalsESPN
Sat, July 284:30 p.m.Day 2 of FinalsDisney XD, ESPN3
Sat, July 289 p.m.Day 2 of FinalsESPN2 (re-air)
Sun, July 293 p.m.Highlights RecapABC, ESPN3

 

Will you watch the Overwatch League coverage? How do you think this partnership will impact esports? Tell us in the comments!

 

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