What are the top 10 most watched esports in 2018? - Dexerto

What are the top 10 most watched esports in 2018?

Published: 5/Oct/2018 10:58 Updated: 5/Oct/2018 11:56

by Matt Porter


Market research company Newzoo have revealed the top 10 most watched esports during 2018 so far.

Newzoo have ranked esports based on how many combined hours fans have watched the games on both YouTube and Twitch, with popular MOBA League of Legends leading the pack with a massive 240 million hours watched.

Behind LoL is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with 212 million hours followed by DOTA 2 in third with 180 million hours. 

The full top ten list is as follows:

  1. League of Legends – 240 million hours
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 212 million hours
  3. DOTA 2 – 180 million hours
  4. Overwatch – 96 million hours
  5. Hearthstone – 43 million hours
  6. Heroes of the Storm – 19.5 million hours
  7. StarCraft 2 – 17.5 million hours
  8. Rainbow Six Siege – 14.5 million hours
  9. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 14 million hours
  10. Rocket League – 13 million hours

Notable by its absence from the list is the ultra-popular Fortnite Battle Royale, which has dominated the gaming industry since its launch in 2017.

Esports consultant Rob ‘Slasher’ Breslau states that this is due to Newzoo only recording hours spent watching “content from professionally organized esports competitions and does not include pro players individual streams”, which works against Fortnite, where pro players stream their gameplay of the Skirmish events.

Popular console esport Call of Duty also failed to break into the top 10, sitting in 11th place with just over nine million watched hours on Twitch and YouTube. MLG’s Director of League Operations Adam Apicella disputed this number, stating the number was “way off”, and that the Call of Duty World League had “had more than double” Newzoo’s estimated hours watched alone.

While Newzoo’s statistics include Twitch and YouTube, they currently don’t measure hours watched on Facebook. Due to ESL’s exclusivity deal with the social media platform, it’s possible that CSGO and DOTA 2 could climb those ranks if the numbers from Facebook were included.

It’s likely that League of Legends will increase the gap on its closest competitors during the 2018 installment Worlds. LoL’s World Championships began on October 1, and with many fan favorite teams still to play, it’s likely that all eyes will be on South Korea in the coming weeks.


Shroud impressed with Sykkuno’s “amazing” Rust skills: “You destroyed me!”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 17:57

by Georgina Smith


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was left in awe after Sykkuno managed to shoot him dead on the OTV Rust server, and it was safe to say he was impressed by the streamer’s aim, saying “you killed me, you’re amazing!”

The Offline TV Rust sever has been a huge talking point since the start of this year, as with the enormous host of streamers participating there are endless amounts of content for fans to consume on the daily.

The server even ended up needing to be split into two after people’s varying playstyles caused some tension and calls for a need to separate PVP-focused players and roleplay-focused players.

Rust promotional image with the logo on top
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While it was originally released in 2013, Rust has experienced a surge in popularity thanks to the OTV server.

However, that’s not to say that there haven’t been plenty of iconic moments between streamers, as even though the game can get pretty violent, the vast range of streamer interactions has led to some great scenes for fans.

That was the case for Sykkuno fans when he managed to kill shroud, leaving everyone impressed with his skills.

While they were competing for the Oil Rig, Sykkuno managed to get shroud with his gun as he jumped, and it didn’t seem like shroud expected it at all, dying with a bewildered “no, Sykkuno!”

Sykkuno’s hand immediately flew to his mouth, laughing and apologizing for the abrupt kill.

Michael sounded equally as impressed as he did betrayed, after a few seconds of silence saying “Sykkuno you killed me, you’re amazing!” But the compliments didn’t end there, with Micheal adding, “you destroyed me!” and even “you’re the better gamer, man” to which Sykkuno replied, “no, no, most definitely not.”

Sykkuno has talked previously about how he’s a “humongous fan of shroud” in the past, so this interaction definitely proved to be a positive one for the rising streamer.

One fan on Twitter said, “Sykkuno downed shroud and even shroud is proud of him,” another saying “that Sykkuno/shroud friendly PVP was beautiful to watch… what in the wholesome rivalry.”

The PVP moment was definitely an entertaining one all round, and while the results were unexpected, no one was more impressed than shroud himself.