With the start of the League of Legends esports summer splits, Riot Games’ four major leagues have all now returned to competition. The game’s top two leagues based on 2019 international results, China and Europe, were the only two to break into the top 10, with China once again defeating Europe.
At the top of the charts, the status quo has remained largely unchanged for several weeks as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s large pool of established competitions continues to be a boon during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Twitch’s Top Channel – Gaules
For the past several weeks the CS:GO ecosystem has moved from organizer to organizer for big tournaments (with DreamHack taking its turn this week). However, the Portugese-language broadcast channel “Gaules” remains the same regardless of organizer, allowing it to stay on top week after week. This time the channel reached 4.10M hours watched.
The open ecosystem and international appeal of CS:GO continues to be a blessing in a world without travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where once players were complaining about the frequent flights and oversaturated tournament calendar, fans and players alike are able to enjoy a seemingly unending flow of competition content no other game can match.
Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting
The era of the Twitch catch-all content category continues and shows no signs of stopping now. If League of Legends could not overtake the category with its major esports leagues airing extended broadcasts for its season openers, it is unlikely the game will have another shot at claiming the top spot until the World Championship later this year.
Next week, Fortnite will take one last swing at reclaiming its former glory thanks to its latest in-game event, but as Twitch continues to draw in more non-gaming creators and viewers (while its gaming streamers also make use of the category), Just Chatting will be virtually untouchable.