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It’s no surprise to learn that competitive gaming rules the Twitch airwaves. But it might be a little shocking to see just how concentrated that stranglehold might be.

According to Nicolas Cerrato, founder of French analytics company Gamoloco, 65% of all viewers on Twitch are watching just four games: League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and Hearthstone. LoL is the clear #1, with 88 million hours watched in April 2016, though CS:GO has closed the gap considerably, rising from 39 million in April 2015 to 73 million last month. Dota 2 and Hearthstone have also seen significant leaps over the past year.

After those four, viewership is a little more mixed, and subject to short-term spikes in viewership centered around game launches. Grand Theft Auto V was #5 in April 2015, while Dark Souls III claimed that spot in April 2016, with GTA V nowhere to be found. In the #5-#10 slots, only Minecraft and World of Warcraft appear on both lists.

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Cerrato lists a few other popular free-to-play games as “The Challengers,” games netting one to 10 million hours’ worth of viewership monthly: World of Tanks, Smite, Vainglory, and (oddly) RuneScape. Smite’s got a long ways to go to catch up to its MOBA competition, clocking in at around three million hours per month, well below even Dota 2’s 43 million.

You can read Cerrato’s full post and see all his slides on the Gamoloco blog.

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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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  1. KaiLuvsChu on May 21, 2016

    It’s nice to see League of Legends still growing. LoL was my first ever PC game back in June 2014. World of Warcraft was next, but obviously you only need half a brain to see WoW dying.

  2. tralala on May 20, 2016

    WTF, playing these shits is brainles but even more stupid is watching these shitty games 😀 how brainded you should be to watch that boredom 😀

  3. tralala on May 20, 2016

    SHI T MOBA, super SHI T controls, UPER boring one map brainless pvp over and over, i better suicide then play this, its for homeless asians to win cash only.

  4. Derpina on May 17, 2016

    go now, look at top channels, all RU or China. Korea NExon had 11% Profit increase, the game that boosted them through the roof? Dungeon Fighter Online…. Proof: %ore populated poor countries with shitty games = the mmorpg world. The rest is just sad.

  5. khkjkj on May 17, 2016

    this is proff…. stupid players come in larger numbers.

  6. Za'Muro on May 16, 2016

    only shitty competitive games. from all 10 games in 2016 dark souls is clearly the best masterpiece