Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The latest game to join the top 10 video game debut’s for live streaming was The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Tears of The Kingdom was able to generate over 26.6M hours watched across major live streaming platforms during its first week of release. This ranks 9th among the top 10 video game debuts in live streaming just ahead of Supermassive Games’ The Quarry. 

Before the official release for Tears of The Kingdom, there were significant increases in chat activity and viewership for the game’s prequel, Breath of the Wild. Thirty days prior to the game’s release, we saw a 218% increase in Zelda related Twitch chat mentions, and a 267% increase in hours watched for Breath of the Wild. 

Overwatch 2

Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 was the most watched gaming debut in live streaming over the last year. 

In the first week of its release, Overwatch 2 hit #3 in the live streaming charts, behind only Just Chatting and League of Legends. The game’s release seemed to compete for space in live streaming with VALORANT, pushing a game that had been at #1 in September down to #7 during that first week. Additionally, the game had the highest number of unique channels streaming it during the first week of release, with 249K channels, almost 30K more than the Just Chatting category.

Sequels Dominate the Top 10

Of the top 10 game releases, The Quarry and Hogwarts Legacy were the only games to make the list without being a sequel or a continuation of a series. All games on the list that are sequels on average generated 30M more hours watched compared to their prequel counterparts the week before. Overwatch 2 had the highest increase in hours watched generating over 43M more hours watched than Overwatch 2’s final week. While on the other hand Tears of the Kingdom generated a little over 23M hours watched more compared to the final week of Breath of the Wild. 

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