OMEGA League Brings Dota 2 Resurgence – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, Aug. 31 – Sept. 6

Valve has received significant criticism in recent weeks due to the lack of official Dota 2 esports support during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a group of teams and tournament organizers has rallied together to show that fans are still hungry for high stakes Dota competition.

It was a full esports weekend, but recent content trends show that the big esports titles are seeing strong competition from unique games that encourage streamer collaboration.

Twitch’s Top Channel – WePlay! Esports

More than any other game, Dota 2 suffers significantly from the loss of its multi-million-dollar championship event, The International. However, a group of top teams alongside organizers WePlay! Esports and Epic Esports Events came together to fill that void with a $500K USD competition – the OMEGA League. The new league’s finals weekend led a stacked slate of esports competition, claiming the top two spots on this week’s Top 10. Both the English and Russian broadcasts generated over 3M hours watched.

Elsewhere in esports, we saw the conclusion of both the LCS and LEC playoffs as League of Legends gears up for its World Championship. The continuation of Europe’s epic Fnatic-G2 Esports rivalry helped Europe once again overtake North America, as the LEC generated 2.84M hours watched while the LCS reached 2.37M.

Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting

Historically, games see some of their strongest viewership upon release, and will occasionally rise in the rankings through a major esports event or big content update. Online murder mystery title Among Us has bucked these trends. The game was released in 2018 by independent publisher Innersloth, but in recent weeks has steadily climbed the Twitch charts, peaking this week at third place and generating 20.73M hours watched.

Among Us is emblematic of the way trends occur on Twitch. If something catches on with a few popular streamers, many others will flock to that game to try and replicate the bigger streamer’s success and capitalize on the popularity of the latest trend. This took place most recently with the rise of chess this summer, and with the growth of Grand Theft Auto in 2019 when many top streamers spent a few weeks trying out the games roleplay servers. 

Where Among Us stands out from these other trends, however, is that the game requires 10 Twitch streamers to collaborate together – not only pushing more channels to stream the game, but providing smaller streamers the potential viewership boost of participating in a game with bigger names. Collaboration is extremely beneficial to streamers at all levels (there’s a reason Tyler “Ninja” Blevins had three other big streamers join him on his comeback YouTube stream), which makes Among Us nearly a requirement for all variety streamers to have on their schedule for as long as the game remains trendy.

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