Riot takes over Twitch in July off the back of sharp League, VALORANT viewership boom

The increase coincided with major Riot esports events.

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July was a monumental month for Riot Games on Twitch. The American-based developer’s two biggest games, League of Legends and VALORANT, were the most-watched on the platform.

League took the number one spot with 121.3 million hours, a 2.4 percent increase compared to last month. The timeless MOBA has been leading the charts all year.

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However, the true star of the show was VALORANT. People tuned in to watch the vibrant first-person shooter for 121 million hours throughout the month, almost matching League’s numbers. The difference, though, was it had a massive 18.8 percent increase in viewership, which equates to around 20 million hours.

It also knocked GTA V off its pedestal to claim the second spot.

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Aside from GTA V, the next most-watched games were Apex Legends, Minecraft, CS:GO, Fortnite, and Dota 2, which drew between 45 and 55 million hours watched—less than half of Riot’s titles.

However, their viewership boom in July didn’t happen by chance. It coincided with several esports events, including LEC, LCS, LCK, and VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen, being streamed.

Still, it’s a feat other devs haven’t been able to replicate since Valve held second and third on Twitch with CS:GO and Dota 2 in 2016. Back then, League was still on top.

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As it stands, Riot has the most-watched MOBA and first-person shooter on the platform. If their highly-anticipated MMO lives up to the hype, they might have the most-watched MMO too.

Twitch viewership isn’t the be-all, end-all metric of a game’s popularity, as we’ve seen with Blizzard titles like Overwatch and WoW, but it’s still a noteworthy achievement.