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The Game Awards 2020: Analysis of contestants

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The Game Awards 2020: Analysis of contestants

The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony, on which journalists define the best titles of the industry. We've prepared the Twitch stats of contenders from different categories and found out how these games performed throughout 2020 on Twitch.

Game of the Year

GotY contenders are Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Last of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ghost of Tsushima, Resident Evil 3, Doom Eternal, Hades и Half-Life: Alyx.

The first place among contenders by Hours Watched goes to Animal Crossing, the vibrant life simulator for Nintendo Switch. The game was released in March, and in the first week after the release, it even overtook CS:GO.

As of December 1, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has reached 79,6 million Hours Watched on Twitch, and it is still attractive to viewers, judging by the dynamics of metrics.

The Last of Us Part II takes second place by Hours Watched and the first one by Peak Viewers - 507K. Although this game is one of the newest on our list, it still got the first spot because of the game's fan-base. But the second part of "The Last of Us" quickly took off and dropped at the same time in the Twitch rankings: November's Hours Watched concluded 369K.

Hades' dynamics is interesting to discuss. The game was in early access for two years. That's why in January 2020 it had 1,7M Hours Watched. Then it experienced a decrease by stats and the official release in September. 

The game has collected 5,4M Hours Watched during the release month.  Although the result fell to 3,4M in November, it is still the best result of this month compared to other categories.

The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima have the biggest percentages of viewers. For example, 54% of Final Fantasy VII Remake viewers watched the Ghost of Tsushima streams at least once from June to November.

If we discuss the audience by languages, then English-speaking viewers will be on top with a solid lead - 56,3% of total Hours Watched. French is in the second position - 8,6%.

Best esports game

All stats are based on streaming Hours Watched. You can learn more about esports HW in our future results of 2020.

The title of the best esports game by stats goes to League of Legends. This result is easy to explain. Worlds 2020 has influenced the discipline's outcome a lot, considering its overall popularity. That's why LoL has reached 171M Hours Watched in October only.

Fortnite had plenty of interactive in-game events during the year, and many streamers held their tournaments, for example, Bugha Throwback Cup, Grefg Summer Edition 2020, Llobeti Cup и Ninja Battles. These events made a significant impact on the overall Fortnite Hours Watched in 2020 - 944M.

Besides that, Fortnite is leading by Peak Viewers - more than 2,5M thanks to Galactus Event. You can learn more about this event in this article.

VALORANT, this year's new shooter, had a perfect start on Twitch. In April 2020, the game was in the closed beta stage, and you could get access only with Twitch Drops, so viewers watched VALORANT streams to get a key. That month the game got 344M Hours Watched.

The game was officially released in June, but the Hours Watched only went down - 55M. By the end of November, the situation had not changed much.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare regularly appeared on our top, but in November, the game has lost its popularity because of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the new part of the series.

CS:GO, and League of Legends audiences intersect with other categories the least. But the viewers of CS:GO watch VALORANT the most - 54% of them enabled broadcasts from June to November at least once.

Best Multiplayer

In addition to the already mentioned titles, Among Us and Fall Guys, two phenomena of the outgoing year, were nominated for the best multiplayer. We have already compared the launch of these two games  in this article.

The fifth place was taken by Call of Duty: Warzone with a result of 17 million Hours Watched. The mark could have been better, but initially, the Warzone battles used to be streamed in the Modern Warfare category, and recently the game received its category on Twitch.

The majority of the audience consisted of English speakers - 51%, but Spanish viewers were top-2 - 11,4%. They mostly watched Fall Guys and Among Us because many Spanish streamers especially loved these games.

Animal Crossing and Call of Duty have the lowest audience intersection between categories, but interestingly, 74% of Animal Crossing's audience watched Among Us, and 76% came preferred Call of Duty fans. In general, Among Us fans choose contrasting games to watch.

Best Mobile

Among Us undoubtedly took the title of the best mobile game of 2020 by Hours Watched on Twitch. The game has been around since 2018, but it became famous only now, thanks to constant updates and unexpected attention from streamers. As a result, the game reached 368M Hours Watched and 774K Peak Viewers.

The second place belongs to the new Genshin Impact game. The main features of the title are cross-platform mode and a vivid game world. But the gap with Among Us by Hours Watched concluded 85%.

Pokémon Café Mix was also nominated for the best mobile game, but the title collected only 4,5K Hours Watched and 948K Peak Viewers for the entire period.

Spanish and Portuguese speakers are top languages again. The reasons are Among Us and its fans like Auronplay and Ibai.

Most viewers of other categories prefer to watch Among Us, and the audience intersection is over 80%.

Best esports team

We couldn't miss the best esports squads. The first place in our rating belongs to Koreans DAMWON Gaming, the winners of Worlds 2020. They've played 51 matches this year in total. Damwon reached their Peak Viewers mark at the finals of World Championship 2020 against Suning Gaming.

The audience of DAMWON Gaming consists mainly of Koreans - 48,6% of Hours Watched. The English ones concluded 28,6%.

The second squad is G2 Esports from League of Legends. Their battle with DAMWON Gaming drew 2,8M spectators at the peak of the Worlds 2020 semi-finals. Apart from 57% of English-speaking viewers, 10% of Koreans watched their games.

Team Secret from Dota 2 occupied the third position, though Dota 2 wasn't nominated for the best esports game. Team Secret has the biggest amount of matches in our top - 98. Their battle on DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major against EG attracted 475K Peak Viewers.

The fourth team was San Francisco Shock from Overwatch. A rather strange contender, considering this year's disappointing Overwatch results.

Dallas Empire is the last team on our top. In total, they played 41 matches in Call of Duty. The peak mark of 331K spectators was reached at the game against Atlanta FaZe at the Call of Duty League 2020 Finals.

Best Content Creator

The Game Awards will also determine the best Content Maker of 2020. Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff took first place among the nominees. He dedicates all his Air Time to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. In 2020, he spent 1995 hours in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and for this period, he reached 67M Hours Watched.

The second contender and our leader by Peak Viewers is Timothy "Timthetatman" Betar. Although he streamed the most in Call of Duty, he reached the Viewers Peak in Fall Guys - 347K Viewers.

Streamers like Valkyrae, Jay-Ann Lopez from the BlackGirlGamers channel, and the journalist Charalanahzard also appeared on the list.

Who are the winners by stats?

If the winners of the nominations were chosen according to Hours Watched, we would see such champions:

Game of the year - Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Best esports game - League of Legends
Best multiplayer - VALORANT
Best mobile  - Among Us
Best esports team - DAMWON Gaming
Best content - NICKMERCS

Who will become the real leader? Watch the official The Game Awards stream on Twitch and Youtube. 

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