League of Legends has once again become the most watched game on Twitch.tv following a period of Fortnite domination. Epic Games' battle royale is losing popularity rapidly and it seems to show on live stream watched hours as well.
Epic Games found enormous success by following in Bluehole's footsteps and capitalising on an emerging genre, battle royale. PUBG was Fortnite's only real competition back then and Epic pulled all the right moves, unlike Bluehole. Fortnite had regular patches, quality of life changes, was well optimised, didn't have rampant hackers and wasn't a glitch fest.
This brought Epic's battle royale into the spotlight at the end of 2017 and made it an unprecedented success over 2018. The game managed what others dreamed of for years - it dethroned League of Legends as the most viewed game on Twitch.tv.
Considering this is the most popular live streaming platform, this was a big deal. Fortnite kept the #1 in large part thanks to Ninja's exorbitant view numbers but as his popularity and that of the game itself started fading, League of Legends became the most watched game once again.
The tracked period is the first half of the year, from 1 January to 30 June 2019. League of Legends topped the charts with 512.3 million hours watched on Twitch with Fortnite coming in second with 465 million hours, according to Esports Observer.
League of Legends view time has seen a significant increase in the same time period from last year where it had 435.2 hours watched, hinting that the troubled Season 8 took its tool on League's popularity, along with the rise of Fortnite which clocked in 531.1 million hours in the same time period.
Interestingly enough, PUBG was in #4 spot in the first half of 2018 and is not in top 10 in the same window of 2019, testifying that the battle royale genre is losing popularity rapidly. The only BR to make the 2019 list along with Fortnite is Apex Legends but we expect to see it gone when the numbers for the second half of 2019 come out due to the massive drop in interest since the initial burst in February 2019.