According to statistics gathered by GitHyp where the service has been tracking the most-viewed games on Twitch since 2015, League of Legends has been unquestionably dominant in its control over the streaming service. During every single month in the past few years, League topped the charts as the most-watched game – until PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds had something to say about it.
Below are the top five games that were watched on Twitch during the month of August along with their respective stats from GitHyp, a list of well-known titles that shows just how far the battle royale game has come since its early access release:
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds – 100k viewers per hour / 393k peak viewers / 69.8 million viewers
- League of Legends – 97k viewers per hour / 377k peak viewers / 67.6 million viewers
- Dota 2 – 66k viewers per hour / 845k peak viewers / 46.4 million viewers
- Hearthstone – 63k viewers per hour / 209k peak viewers / 44.2 million viewers
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 35k viewers per hour / 286k peak viewers / 24.2 million viewers
During PUBG's climb through the ranks on Steam and Twitch as it plowed through other games, one of its first major achievements was beating Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Steam in terms of concurrent players, a game that's been around long enough to build a playerbase that's nothing to scoff at. At that time, it was still some ways away from beating Dota 2 that was in the middle of the game's major tournament, but during August, PUBG beat out Valve's popular MOBA to take the No. 1 spot on Steam for some time.
But with the insane amount of people that play League of Legends worldwide combined with those who keep up with the professional scene, beating League is perhaps one of PUBG's biggest milestones yet. By beating League in all three categories above, it's clear that the new king of the hill game isn't going anywhere anytime soon, especially with the game still receiving continuous updates and slated for an eventual Xbox One release.