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GVC Top Ten: August 17th – August 23rd

TL;DR: League of Legends remains at the top as their esports leagues began playoffs. Just Chatting and Fall Guys content continue to trend and round out the top three categories.

The most watched games across Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming haven’t changed dramatically since last week. The only difference came from CS:GO taking a spot over VALORANT. The League of Legends Summer Split playoffs began which resulted in a spike in total viewership last week allowing Riot Games’ long standing game to maintain the top spot. Just Chatting content is still generating plenty of interest but hasn’t reached the peak concurrency of other top categories likely due to the nature of the conversational content rather than action-packed moments. Fall Guys was able to maintain their third place position and continues to climb. This new game is a great example of a marketing strategy leading user acquisition, retention, and organic growth via their viral social media banter and personable copy. Clearly, the strategy is helping viewership while the game almost reached one million peak viewers last week.

Top Growing Titles:

  • CS:GO saw an increase of over 25% in hours watched and almost 40% in peak concurrency from the week prior due to the ESL One Cologne event. CS:GO tends to move in waves on the list as tournaments come and go which result in steep growth and decline week-over-week.
  • League of Legends grew about 17% in total hours watched likely because of the Summer Split playoffs kicking off. Additionally, it was the only title to break one million peak viewers last week.
  • Fall Guys is the trend that keeps on trending. With an increase of 7% in hours watched and 18% in peak concurrency, Fall Guys is taking over the streaming world. The friendly yet competitive game is the perfect entertainment for viewers.

Top Declining Titles:

  • Minecraft has the biggest decline in hours watched at over 10% and an even bigger decrease in peak concurrency at 58%. However, the block-based game has once again made the top ten list above other titles like VALORANT, Dota 2, and Apex Legends.
  • Garena Free Fire dropped over 5% in hours watched last week. While mobile viewership still plays second fiddle in the North American market, mobile games like Garena Free Fire and PUBG Mobile have secured a significant portion of live streaming viewership.
  • GTA V fell over 4% in hours watched but had a sizable 22% increase in peak viewership. Some big name streamers that returned to the game for a session or two may be the reason its peak viewership spiked even though the total content consumed was lower than the prior week.

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