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League of Legends narrowly beats Fortnite's streaming hours

Published: 16:53, 17 January 2020
Riot Games
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There's no doubt that 2019 was quite the year when it comes to streaming, be it for streaming platforms, streamers or games, and even though Fortnite won the revenue battle, League of Legends has won in terms of viewership.

According to a report by Streamlabs and Newzoo, the list of most-watched games on Twitch in 2019 was League of Legends with 1089.3 million hours watched. Fortnite came in close second with 1017.8 million, while Grand Theft Auto 5 came in third with 564.7 million hours. 

The gap between second-placed Fortnite and GTA 5 is quite large, but the latter deserves every bit of credit for staying in the spotlight longer than many new releases. In fact, GTA's dollar sales (retail only, no DLC or MTX) have recently made it the most successful title of the decade

When it comes to publishers across all platforms in 2019, Riot Games again narrowly beat Epic Games with 1488.9 million hours watched compared to Epic's 1363.8 million. Interestingly, Blizzard came in third place with 1063.4 million hours, shadowed by Valve with 1021.6 million.

As you can see from the graph below, Fortnite seems to be on a steady downward path when it comes to viewers, which resulted in 28.5 per cent less content watched in 2019. We wouldn't ring the Fortnite-is-dead bells just yet though, as Epic's battle royale did win the revenue battle according to industry analysts .

Newzoo/Streamlabs Slide showing best performing publishers in streaming Newzoo/Streamlabs, Top 10 Publishers Watched Across All Platforms in 2019

A somewhat similar thing is happening in the streaming platforms department, although Twitch's drop in viewership still leaves them well ahead of Mixer and YouTube. Nevertheless, Mixer almost doubled its hours watched and streamed compared to 2018, which undeniably proves that signing prominent streamers like Ninja and Shroud is the safest way to expansion.

Newzoo/Streamlabs Slide showing Fortnite hours watched in 2019 Newzoo/Streamlabs: Fortnite Hours Watched in 2019

You can find the full report here .

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