14 September 2016 - 21:27

Twitch's Most Watched Esports Games in August 2016

Dota 2 and Overwatch climb the ranks, while Counter-Strike falls in new statistics.
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The numbers are in for August, and NewZoo has once again compiled the stats for the most-watched esports games on Twitch. As usual, games have dropped and climbed the ranks with interesting numbers abound. Checkout the new top-ten:


Topping August is Dota 2 on the back of The International 6, with a whopping 51.6 million hours watched, 33.2 of which were esports hours, a 64 percent share. That ties the game with Super Smash Bros. for the biggest esports share on the list. 

The ever-consistent stalwart League of Legends sits at number two on the list for the third month in a row, with 30 percent of its whopping 79.3 million hours watched being esports. It seems that LoL is here to stay.

Dropping a precipitous three spots to number four is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which sat at number one in July thanks to strong showings of tournaments like ESL One Cologne and ELEAGUE, with the latter set to return this fall. Are these numbers skewed thanks to recent betting scandals in the scene as well?

While CS fell, Blizzard's Overwatch climbed a big three spots thanks to multiple tournaments, including qualifiers for ELEAGUE's Overwatch Open, set to culminate at the end of the month. With 18.3 million total viewers, just 17 percent (3.1m) of that time was esports hours, thanks in large part to popular variety streamers playing the game on a consistent basis.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III goes up a spot to number eight, and the number should rise in September thanks to Call of Duty XP 2016. Rounding out the list at nine and ten are Heroes of the Storm and Smite, respectively, both new additions to the list since July. The two games combined for just 1.7 million esports hours.

Which of August's top esports games did you watch? Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter @GAMURScom.

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