New video games are being released at an astounding rate, which is why keeping track of the most popular games on Twitch can be a time-consuming job. The top ten rankings of most viewed games can change in less than a week, because some games fall out of fashion, while another rise from the bottom to the top of the list in just a few days.
We've compiled the list of top ten most watched games on Twitch, so you can get an overview of the most popular games on the platform at the moment.
The very top of the most watched games on Twitch saw very little changes in the last six months, because Fortnite, LoL, and Playerunknown's Battleground have dominated the platform over that period of time. Let's take a peek at the most watched games on Twitch right now.
A little over a year after its initial release Fortnite is the most watched game on Twitch, with more average viewers than the second and third place combined. This survival game takes place in the post-apocalyptic world that was devastated by a storm.
The online game is free to play, although buying the game grants you access to the player VS environment mode titled Save the World. You can either play Fortnite as a single or multiplayer game, although the maximum number of players cannot exceed four. On the other hand, the Fortnite Battle Royal mode supports up to one hundred players.
Unlike Fortnite, League of Legends has been popular in the gaming community for nearly a decade. This online battle arena game lets you fight other players or the game's artificial intelligence.
You lead a champion into a battle that can last for twenty minutes or an entire hour and the goal is to destroy the opponent's core building called Nexus. The game has three different maps that have different objectives and win conditions. Besides being the second most watched game on Twitch, LoL is also insanely popular on YouTube, and there are currently more than 60 million players worldwide.
Twitch is predominantly a gaming platform, but that doesn't mean you can't broadcast any type of video on your Twitch channel. The content that is not related to gaming is rising in popularity over the past few months, which should be an encouragement to all streamers on the platform that don't want to stream gaming videos.
You can create broadcasts that cover virtually any topic you can think of, but you should make sure that the things you want to talk about are interesting enough to attract an audience. Twitch community loves unique personalities, which is why it is hardly surprising that IRL live streams have attracted such a large audience.
Online battle arena games have been at the center of the gaming world, for quite some time, which explains the amount of attention the Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is getting on Twitch. The gameplay is somewhat typical of arena games since up to a hundred players are parachuted to a remote island where they fight for survival.
You can play the game alone or in teams that include up to four players. The last man standing wins the round, and in between matches of each round, you can use the in-game currency to buy weapons and other items.
Blizzard Entertainment is the company behind the Warcraft franchise that is probably one of the most popular video game franchises ever created. The World of Warcraft is the fourth game set of the series that takes place in the Warcraft universe on the world called Azeroth.
The game was released in 2004, and fourteen years later it is still one of the coolest online role-playing games on Twitch. It is also the world's most subscribed massively multiplayer online role-playing game with more than five million subscriptions. The game can be played in four different realms so you can choose if you want to play against other players or versus the environment.
You collect cards, that can either be minions or spells and create decks that contain 30 cards to fight other online players. This Blizzard's free game was released in 2014, and in a relatively short period of time, it has produced quite a few gaming superstars on Twitch.
There are nine different classes, such as a Paladin or Hunter, and each class has a hero with unique abilities. The goal is to reach the legendary rank on the server. The best part is that new cards are introduced regularly, which enables the players to craft new decks and makes the game more interesting.
Dota2 is a stand-alone sequel to the DotA, a mod developed by the community for the Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. The game was developed and published by Valve Corporation and it can be played for OS X, Linux or Windows OS.
It is played with two teams of five players, called Radiant and Dire, and each player controls a hero that has different abilities. A team that manages to destroy 'The Ancient', the base of the other team wins the game. Dota 2 won numerous awards, and it remains one of the most popular online battle arena games ever created.
Seasoned gamers don't need a special introduction to the Counter-Strike video game franchise, that has been around for nearly two decades. The Global Offensive is the fourth game of the Counter-Strike series, and it was developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation.
The CS: GO can be played on Mac or PC computers or on gaming consoles such as Xbox or PS4. The gameplay of this first-person shooter game is fairly simple because players can either be on Terrorist or Anti-Terrorist teams, that fight against each other until elimination. The game also has specific tasks, like planting a bomb or freeing hostages from captivity.
Yet another game from Blizzard has found its way to the top ten most watched games on Twitch list. Unlike the previous two entries, Overwatch isn't an online game, and it can be played on Xbox One, PS4 consoles or Windows-based PCs.
The players of this first-person shooter video game are divided into two teams of six players and each player can choose from twenty different characters. The goal is to work together as a team to complete a mission successfully. Tasks may vary from securing a base to escorting a payload across the map.
With 22,327 average viewers, Grand Theft Auto V is the tenth most watched game on Twitch. All of the games in the Grand Theft Auto series enjoy a cult status since each of them was highly praised by the gaming community.
The game can either be played from the first or the third person, and you can either explore the fictional city of Los Santos or go on heist-based missions. The game earned its first billion just three days after it was released in November 2014 and four years later it is the third best-selling video game of all time.
The most watched games on Twitch are online battle arenas such as Fortnite or League of Legends, but this trend can easily change in not so distant future. New games are being released on a daily basis, and no one can know which one will become a great hit.
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