Twitch says you watched a lot of MOBAs last year

You’ve got three guesses about what the most popular thing to watch on Twitch was in 2017. If you based your assumptions off of my viewing history, Bob Ross would be the clear winner, but it seems Aussies and New Zealanders both prefer to tune in to some MOBA action, closely followed by a little battle royale.

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 10 NEW ZEALAND’S TOP 10
1. League of Legends
2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
3. Dota 2
4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
5. Hearthstone
6. Overwatch
7. World of Warcraft
8. Runescape
9. IRL (vlogging category)
10. Warframe
1. League of Legends
2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
3. Dota 2
4. Hearthstone
5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
6. Overwatch
7. Runescape
8. IRL (vlogging category)
9. World of Warcraft
10. Warframe

No matter how many times we’ll try to argue that Australia and New Zealand are “very different”, things like this will prove that we’re really pretty similar. But I digress.

The rest of the world’s charts aren’t all that different, at least, while we’re looking at the top three. It seems the ANZ audience doesn’t watch as much Fortnite or Call of Duty: WWII as everywhere else, while we have a peculiarly local love of both Runescape and Warframe.

GLOBAL TOP 10
1. League of Legends – 82.56 million hours
2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 49.39 million hours
3. Dota 2 – 39.49 million hours
4. Hearthstone – 27.37 million hours
5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 25.7 million hours
6. IRL (vlogging category) – 23.78 million hours
7. Fortnite – 23.27 million hours
8. Overwatch – 22.21 million hours
9. Call of Duty: WWII – 18.2 million hours
10. World of Warcraft – 17.58 million hours

There is, of course, plenty more of these sorts of statistics that Twitch would like to share with you. But… end-of-year reports are typically dull, dry and boring. Endless facts and figures, lists of numbers and so many indecipherable charts.

The team at Twitch don’t like them any more than you do, so they’ve taken a different approach: The Twitch 2017 Year In Review is a comic book!

…and why not? Last year, the team put together a video game. This year, they wanted something even more unique to reflect the online platform and its community, and this is the result.

Company spokesperson Erin Fan explains:

This year we created a digital comic since the format celebrates the creative side of Twitch, while taking an innovative approach to illustrating various milestones and events that can’t be captured just by numbers. We are already off to a solid start in 2018 with a couple of the viewership milestones already surpassed!

To check out the entire comic book, head to the Twitch.tv Year In Review 2017. It’s full of details like the fact we watched 355 billion minutes of streaming content on Twitch last year – and more than 1 million of them were logged in at one time to watch the ELEAGUE CS:GO Major Grand Final. The biggest game premiere was Destiny 2, with more than 436 thousand viewers logged in to watch, while the biggest channel belongs to Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok – a top League of Legends player, who had more than 245 thousand concurrent viewers at his busiest point.

…but if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be over here watching more Bob Ross, because those happy little trees really are what streaming media was made to show off.

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