Gaming research firm Newzoo has just released its report on Twitch viewership in August, and a couple of free-to-play MOBAs sit atop the rankings. Dota 2 and League of Legends were #1 and #2, but their ordering depends on how you look at things.
While LoL beat Dota 2 in terms of total hours viewed -- 79.3 million to 51.6 million -- Dota 2 scored with more "e-sports hours," 33.2 million to 24.1 million. Dota 2's edge in this category likely comes from The International, which took place from Aug. 2-13.
Hearthstone checks in at #3 on both lists, with 34.5 million total hours viewed, with a much lower 5.1 million hours devoted to e-sports. The only other free-to-play games on the e-sports list are two other MOBAs, Heroes of the Storm and Smite, which round out the bottom of the list, at #9 and #10.
Meanwhile, the overall hours watched list puts LoL/Dota/Hearthstone at #1/#2/#3 and goes down to the top 20 games, including RuneScape (#12), World of Tanks (#13), and Heroes of the Storm (#19). Oh, and if you're counting mobile F2P, there's Pokemon Go, hanging on at #20, down 10 slots from July. Remember that game?
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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