Which games are rising on the Twitch charts? Which streamers are dominating the most popular titles? Check out our official rankings!
Note: The following rankings are based on a combination of both gross and percentage change to viewership and total streams. As such, dominant and stable titles near the top of the charts will not always, or often, appear. Check out last week's numbers to compare.
Graphs for Top Rising titles show previous two weeks for context.
Top Five Rising
1. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Increase Viewership: 1,167,056 Hours (125.09%)
Increase Channels: 3397 Creators (67.15%)
Last week, Diablo III took the final spot on our list of the top rising titles on Twitch, and that momentum continued into this week as it maintained its new population of streamers and viewers, experiencing the single largest increase in viewership across the entire platform. As we discussed previously, this massive expansion in the title’s streaming presence is a result of several factors, the most important of which being the announcement of Diablo IV at this year’s Blizzcon. Players have been flocking back to the venerated title in anticipation of the next entry’s impending release, in addition to those who have returned to enjoy the game’s incredible 19th season of new content, which began on the final day of our previous rankings period. It’s the latter that is responsible for the game’s continued growth, and as you can see above, it’s holding the attention of players and audiences well enough to keep viewership healthy and relatively stable.
All of this comes as viewership, overall, decreased across the Twitch platform during the week of Thanksgiving. Because of the holiday, there were few new releases to take streaming by storm, and it seems that, even as schools are closed, audiences and creators alike spent less time on the platform than is typical. And yet, in spite of those circumstances, Diablo III continued its expansion, enjoying a solid week at the top of the Twitch charts. It speaks to the strength of the game’s community that, even after all this time, it still manages to make noise at the top of our rankings. This week, that meant the top spot as the fastest growing game on Twitch.
2. Star Citizen
Increase Viewership: 608,133 Hours (315.33%)
Increase Channels: 758 Creators (77.51%)
November 23rd saw this year’s CitizenCon in Manchester, England, which featured a full day of “presentations, panels, and opportunities to mingle with the Star Citizen development team,” and it, combined with the game’s “free flight” promotional event and a brand new in-game “welcome hub,” was enough to rise the perpetually in-development space exploration simulation to the top of the Twitch charts, landing it in the number two spot of the fastest rising titles on the platform.
Star Citizen puts players in a richly detailed and complex universe, filled with other players, in which they can do whatever they choose, from exploration and combat to long-haul transport and everything in between. The aforementioned special in-game event allows players to try every ship in the game, on a rolling schedule, for free, while the newly added hub acts as area where players can connect while receiving tips and tutorials on how to better play the game. As you can see above, while it was the convention itself that resulted in the majority of the title’s new viewership, the opportunity to try new ships and explore the new area have resulted in a new, higher foundation of daily viewership, with the game experiencing a much more consistent audience after the live event. It remains to be seen how long this bump will last, particularly considering how long the title has been available, but, for now, this new base-line is enough to take the number two spot in our list of trending titles on Twitch.
3. Stardew Valley
Increase Viewership: 251,119 Hours (449.22%)
Increase Channels: 1512 Creators (69.55%)
Stardew Valley, the farming and role-playing game from developer Eric Barone first released in early 2016, saw a huge update this week, which included both new content and myriad gameplay adjustments, and it pulled in enough new players and viewers to take the third spot on this week’s list.
With its combination of RPG progression and farm management, Stardew Valley has served as a major draw for variety streamers since it first released. But, even though there are an infinite number of ways to build your farm, and the work of managing it can be enjoyed into perpetuity, eventually players do move on to something new. It’s updates like these, though, that bring them back, and it was certainly the case this week. The 1.4 update, in particular, offers a new end-game mystery in the form of an abandoned building, giving players a good reason to come back and experience something truly new. The results speak for themselves.
4. Otaku’s Adventure
Increase Viewership: 372,400 Hours (437,721.88%)
Increase Channels: 140 Creators (2000.00%)
Sometimes, it just takes one larger creator getting their hands on a title to make it emerge from obscurity and rise up the Twitch charts. Such was the case this week with Otaku’s Adventure, which was picked up by Korean streaming star Hanryang1125 and then quickly emerged as one of the fastest growing titles on the platform. It’s he who is responsible for the largest spike visible on the graph above, and after he played the title, the number of creators playing increased by a factor of twenty. And, notably, nearly all of the title’s participating streamers did so in either Korean or Chinese. The game received no update, no expansion which would explain this expansion of its Twitch platform. Rather, it was simply the attention brought in by a single large-audience creator that caused this great change. This shows you just how much of an impact the right creator can make, and how valuable influencers can be.
5. Soulcaliber VI
Increase Viewership: 104,401 Hours (456.00%)
Increase Channels: 299 Creators (84.46%)
Soulcaliber VI saw the release of its “Season Pass 2” on November 25th, and with it came a significant increase in Twitch viewership and a near doubling of the game’s participating streamers, enough to take the final spot in this week’s rankings of the fastest rising titles on the platform. The pass collects eight of the game’s DLC packages together, unleashing an additional four playable characters, and four new sets of character creation tools, the latter of which, in particular, opens the game up even more for creators, letting them innovate new interesting fighters with which to take on the game itself or other competitors.
A little more than a year into its lifespan, Soulcaliber VI doesn’t enjoy the same level of viewership or streamer participation as its main competition in the genre. Mortal Kombat 11 continues to rise up the charts with the release of each new set of playable characters, while also enjoying a dedicated competitive community. This title is following a similar strategy in terms of long-term support, but doesn’t always reach the same heights. This is an encouraging sign, then, that it has managed to make enough noise to reach our rankings, and indicate that there’s more room to grow if more content continues to see release. It’s worth paying attention in the months ahead.
Top Five New Releases
1. Lost Ember
Total Viewership: 185,935 Hours (90th Overall)
Total Channels: 660 Creators (222nd Overall)
Thanksgiving is a bit of a deadzone when it comes to new releases, with most of the games hoping for big holiday sales numbers being released in the weeks prior, and players mostly occupied with family gatherings and other such non-gaming events that keep them away from their screens. But, that does leave an opportunity for a smaller title to make waves, and this week, that title was Lost Ember, which didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but due to the brief participation of top creator LIRIK, accrued enough viewership and new players to make it the fastest rising new title on the platform. In addition to bringing in nearly half of the game’s total viewership, four out of five of the game’s participating streamers picked up the game after LIRIK played, indicating that the increased visibility helped to bring more players into the fold. Again, this isn’t a week for new releases, and most weeks this kind of debut would fall lower in our rankings, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a stellar debut for the smaller game from developer Mooneye Studios. This week, it’s the most watched new title on Twitch.
2. SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays
Total Viewership: 53,413 Hours (208th Overall)
Total Channels: 311 Creators (390th Overall)
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays allows fans of the long-running anime series to gather teams of battle mechs from across many different iterations of the show, and engage in tactical RPG action. After the previous title, it was the only other new release to achieve significant viewership and streamer participation on Twitch, landing it in the second spot of this week’s rankings. As you can see above, while its audience is limited it scale, viewers were consistently watching the title from the moment of release through the end of the week. The Gundam series has a loyal, dedicated following, one that transcends regionality and age, and it shows in the dedication of those who play the games. The Dynasty Warriors crossover titles with Gundam, for example, enjoy consistent success from release to release. While this doesn’t have the same audience as those titles, this success shows that following does, indeed, crossover from series to series. This really shows you how, even though common knowledge indicates it would be better to avoid a Thanksgiving release window, if you take advantage of it properly, the lack of competition can instead present a great opportunity. It remains to be seen how long this momentum can be maintained, but, for now, it was a great first few days for the latest game in the Gundam series.
3 - 5. None Qualifying
Top Five Most Watched Overall
1. League of Legends
Total Viewership: 17,824,820 Hours (-10.40%)
Total Channels: 90,446 Creators (-2.21%)
Top Channels By Viewership
1. Loltyler1 - 914,604 Hours
2. C9Sneaky - 510,479 Hours
3. Yassuo - 456,369 Hours
4. Solary - 426,870 Hours
5. NoWay4u Sir - 315,128 Hours
Total Viewership: 13,234,355 Hours (-1.95%)
Total Channels: 231,707 Creators (+2.58%)
Top Channels By Viewership
1. Tfue - 909,091 Hours
2. Bugha - 468,566 Hours
3. SolaryFortnite - 361,537 Hours
4. NickEh30 - 357,262 Hours
5. NICKMERCS - 352,330 Hours
3. DOTA 2
Total Viewership: 9,779,948 Hours (-4.40%)
Total Channels: 14,880 Creators (+8.99%)
Top Channels By Viewership
1. Dota2RuHub - 1,348,253 Hours
2. BeyondTheSummiit - 1,298,337 Hours
3. Stray228 - 510,538 Hours
4. AdmiralBulldog - 458,469 Hours
5. Ybicanooooboy- 440,557 Hours
4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Total Viewership: 8,780,692 Hours (+5.47%)
Total Channels: 58,087 Creators (+0.89%)
Top Channels By Viewership
1. FACEIT TV - 1,109,022 Hours
2. Gaules - 896,031 Hours
3. PGL - 515,845 Hours
4. StarLadder5 - 265,959 Hours
5. Trainwreckstv - 257,812 Hours
5. Grand Theft Auto V
Total Viewership: 7,917,684 Hours (-0.43%)
Total Channels: 28,317 Creators (+5.33%)
Top Channels By Viewership
1. Lord Kebun - 696,548 Hours
2. dasMEHDI - 318,315 Hours
3. Vader - 308,466 Hours
4. RebirthzTV - 270,283 Hours
5. Shlorox - 230,670 Hours
Check out last week's numbers to see how things have changed. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for all the latest blogs, announcements, and game marketing news from the team at GAMESIGHT!