Twitch is a video live streaming platform that launched in 2011, celebrating its 10th birthday in June, and allows creators to live stream video games to their viewers. Though the platform does focus on video games, it can be used to stream a variety of content categories including music streaming, cooking, and Q&A sessions. The service grew in popularity in 2013, the same year Youtube saw a rise in their gaming creators, and by 2014 Twitch was the fourth-largest source of internet traffic in the US. By early 2020 Twitch had 3 million creators monthly and 15 million daily users worldwide.
With Twitch being such a broad platform trends come and go quickly, with over 800 billion watch minutes in 2021 so far. A new game release or the resurgence of an old game can quickly affect trending games or categories. We’ll be running through the most popular games of all time on Twitch by views.
League of Legends
Coming in at number one is League of Legends with a staggering 40.67 billion views since Twitch was created in 2011. The game is popular amongst gamers of all ages and is free to play with no pay-to-win elements unlike the majority of modern games. In addition, it has a multiplayer option that allows users to play alongside friends adding to its popularity.
The popular online game Fortnite holds the number two spot with almost 25 billion views worldwide on Twitch. The game was developed and released in 2019 by Epic Games and has since taken the gaming world by storm with it also being Twitch’s most-followed game with 74.15 million followers. In a survey from Statista, 62.7% of players were aged between 18-24 which is similar to Twitch’s demographic of 41% of users being aged between 16-24. These similarities confirm why Fortnite is number 2 on our list today.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series but the only one to appear on our list. The game is a multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. Released in August 2012 and has since gained 18.3 billion Twitch views and 29.8 million followers it’s no surprise it’s the number 3 most-watched game stream on Twitch.
DOTA 2 is a popular American game and is widely known around the world as one of the most popular games in the world due to its accessibility. The game reportedly has 11 million players monthly and is free to play online using steam client, however, you will need storage space to be able to download. DOTA 2 was released in 2020 and has since taken the gaming world by storm with its HD graphics and visionary game style.
Grand Theft Auto V
Rounding off our list is Grand Theft Auto V, the most popular Grand Theft Auto released to date. Commonly abbreviated to GTA, the game has raked in an impressive 15.19 billion views worldwide and as of May 2021 ranked second on Twitch’s most-followed games with 45.2 million followers. The game has longstanding popularity worldwide which is no surprise that it made our list today.
Ready to join the world of online streaming and gaming? Use these games for your channel and help reach a wider audience and if your favourite didn’t make the list, don’t worry! Trending Twitch games and constantly changing and evolving as the platform grows so remember to have fun and enjoy.