Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of December 30, 2019
Twitch Drops campaign boosts Escape from Tarkov to top spot on the platform
TL;DR - Escape from Tarkov leaped the usual suspects this week, surging to more than 140K viewers and taking the coveted top game spot on the main Twitch directory, behind Just Chatting. Twitch kicked off a Drops campaign for Tarkov in which viewers could earn an in-game New Years gift by tuning in to any Tarkov streamer taking part in the event. Viewers simply needed to watch for a period of time to receive their prize, even if bouncing between streams, as long as each was participating.
Riot Games and esports dominated Twitch in 2019
TL;DR - Esports made an impressive showing on Twitch this past year, with Riot Games taking the top spot overall for the most hours watched at just over 112M. The Overwatch League took the second place spot with nearly 90M hours watched, while the ESL CS:GO channel claimed the fourth position at about 65M hours. Tfue and summit1g were the only non-esports channels in the top five, with Tfue placing third at 88M hours and summit1g rounding it out with 63M hours watched. Despite both Ninja and Shroud departing for Mixer several months ago, both had racked up so many hours viewed that they remained in the top ten, joined by the likes of Asmongold and xQc.
Twitch’s 2019 revenue eclipsed YouTube Gaming
TL;DR - A new report from SuperData which looked at the streaming platforms’ GVC (ad + donation + subscription + sponsorship revenues) reveals Twitch narrowly beat out YouTube Gaming last year, $1.54B to $1.46B. Ad revenue constituted the bulk of revenues for both platforms, however subscription dollars tend to be more profitable. The report looked only at live streams and VoDs that included video game content.
Full story - https://www.theloadout.com/twitch/youtube-revenue
Fortnite sees large revenue dip in 2019 but maintains top spot on charts
TL;DR - Fortnite held on to its lead as the number one money-making game of 2019 despite a 25% drop in revenue. According to the latest SuperData report, Fortnite brought in $1.8B for Epic Games, down from the $2.4B it raked in the year prior. Dungeon Fighter Online and Honour of Kings rounded out the top three, with each taking in about $1.6B The report also revealed that although Fortnite has a smaller overall player base, more of its players spend money on in-game items than League of Legends, for example.
PUBG Mobile Open Spring Split registrations are now open
TL;DR - The 2020 PMCO will be spread across two splits, and will feature a $1M total prize pool. This week it was announced that Spring Split registrations were officially open through January 21. The tournament itself will run from February through March, with a series of qualifiers in late January and early February. Players will compete in third-person mode, battling to be the last person standing on each of the game’s four maps. The total prize pool for PUBG Mobile esports in 2020 is expected to exceed a staggering $5M.
Esports social media platform eFuse officially launches
TL;DR - A new social media platform called eFuse launched last week, billing itself as the “professional hub for esports and gaming”. The aim of eFuse is to give gamers and industry players a place to connect with like-minded individuals and to show off their body of work. To jump start the kick-off, eFuse is offering 52 scholarships with 52 different professionals in the industry throughout 2020. Prior to launch, the platform reported it had amassed a waiting list of more than 23K people.
Full story - https://esportsinsider.com/2020/01/efuse-launches/
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