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Overwatch Remains Ranked in the Top 5 on Twitch One Month After Launch

Blizzard's New Competitive Shooter Looks to be Here to Stay

July 1, 2016 by

Overwatch launched a little over a month ago and since then the class-based shooter has been battling it out with League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike, and Blizzard’s own Hearthstone for ranking among Twitch’s top 5 most watched games.

Since Overwatch’s May 23 release date, Blizzard’s new multiplayer FPS has ranked as high as #1 on Twitch on six different days, peaking with 283,019 viewers in a single hour and a total of 2.8 million views on its launch day. But this wasn’t the first time the game had everybody on Twitch watching and the debut of the public open beta was also enough to make the game #1 on Twitch with 1.7 million total viewers in a single day back on October 27, 2015.

Over the course of its first month, Overwatch’s viewer counts have slightly decreased while the game has retained a 48,943 viewer per hour average. This average viewer count has been a large enough value to keep the game constantly within Twitch’s top 3 or 5 most viewed games at any time on any day of the week.

Speaking of rankings, to help bring more interest back to the game, this week Blizzard released Overwatch’s first big update which unlocked the first season of Competitive Ranked Mode. The latest update has generated a 36% increase in viewers this week and has been enough to bring the daily viewer count back over 1 million for the last three days in a row.

As it currently stands, there’s an average of 53,297 viewers watching Overwatch every hour on Twitch — which ranks it as the #3 most viewed game today — a good sign for Blizzard who are looking to keep Overwatch in the competitive eSports spotlight.


Overwatch’s Daily Total Viewer Numbers on Twitch