The Twitch Rivals series is a great way to draw the attention of the viewers to new projects or reignite their interest in the older disciplines. Featured there are not only the streamers but also the sports stars who are discovering a new type of entertainment for themselves, as well as the loyal fans of the games. Esports Charts shall reveal how popular the Twitch Rivals events were in December-January.
Twitch Rivals Bloodless Battle ft. Apex Legends kicked off the tournament series in January, with 20 teams competing for $50K. The trio of the Albralelie streamer became the winners. The showmatches attracted 124K peak viewers, even exceeding the indicator of the previous event (Twitch Rivals Apex Legends Showdown), with the result itself being also better than that of the Apex Legends Global Series.
The Twitch Rivals Rogue Company Showdown became the game’s first Twitch Rivals tournament. The game from Hi-Rez Studios was released in open beta in the fall of 2020, so such events are of great help when it comes to boosting the game’s online player count.
North America attracted 13K peak viewers. Aside from Twitch Rivals channel, Bugha has become the most watched streamer by amassing 3.8K peak viewers during his broadcast. However, it was the ValeSky team that became the winners of the tournament.
In Europe, the situation is more lively: 38K peak viewers. In terms of the number of viewers, Twitch Rivals is in the lead, while the leading streamers are dhalucard with 4.5K viewers and nikolarn (the most popular streamer of the discipline in 2020) with 3.4K viewers. In addition to English viewers, German-speaking and French-speaking users contributed 15.9% and 15.7% hours watched, respectively.
The Twitch Rivals PUBG Mobile Showdown Latam & Brasil took place on February 12th and gathered 12K peak viewers. 50% and 47% of the viewers were Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking, respectively.
Perhaps if the region saw an identical tournament but dedicated to Free Fire, the result would’ve been many times greater – as the game’s performance is currently breaking all records. For example, Free Fire Continental Series 2020 Asia recently gathered 2.5M peak viewers.
Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl II is a Fortnite event in partnership with the NFLPA. The first part of the competition was held in December 2019-January 2020. At that time, only 16 NFL players and 16 streamers participated, facing each other in offline format.
This year, the scale is much larger. The tournament is attended by 90 players total: 30 professional NFL players, 30 most popular streamers and 30 champions from the community itself, who made it to the tournament through qualifiers. But due to the pandemic the signature atmosphere of the offline battles had to be dropped altogether, with everything being moved to online. But this has its advantages, since now the participation in the tournament wasn’t limited to the content creators from America.
The Pre-game stage took place within a month. The best results were shown during the third week – 107K peak viewers. This was, of course, due to the lineup of the streamers broadcasting the competition: Ninja, Bugha, Tfue, Clix and many others.
Bugha became the most popular streamer in the first week with 11K peak viewers. Taking the lead during the second week was Nikeh30 with 11.5K peak viewers, followed by Clix during the third week with 35K peak viewers.
The last competition also featured one of Fortnite's most popular streamers, Ninja. He collected a total of 27.2K peak viewers.
After the Pre-game stage, the main Streamer Bowl II feat. Fortnite event will start after the Pre-game stage, on February 4th.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Twitch Rivals Call of Duty: Warzone Season 7 Showdown has become the most successful tournament from the platform in recently, amassing 233K peak viewers. This success was of course made possible due to the abundance and popularity of streamers, including Recrent, Locklear, Moonryde and others.
The winner of the tournament, Recrent from Russia gathered the most viewers (35.5K at the peak). He even managed to surpass the indicator of the official Twitch Rivals channel, which was watched by 35.4K peak viewers. In addition, this one is the peak record of the Russian-language Call of Duty broadcast. The third spot belongs to the Italian channel Pow3rtv with a result of 29.2K viewers.
The diversity of the participants had a direct impact on the audience, with Italian fans contributing the most hours watched (22%). It should be noted that it is quite rare for English to not occupy a leading position for the audience – but in this case it already holds the fourth spot in terms of popularity.
The battle royale from Activision had one more event: Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl ft. CoD Warzone, which has been split into two stages.
Both stages of the event had a total of 48 participants divided into teams of three. During Day 1, the Twitch Rivals channel was in the lead with 39K peak viewers. However, later the composition of the participants changed, causing Swagg to become the most popular streamer of Day 2 – 49K viewers. Tfue was also standing out with 33.9K peak viewers. Additionally, a scandal erupted during the competition: the streamer Metzy_B was suspected of cheating and his team was disqualified.
Of course, football had its place. Twitch Rivals FIFA 21 The 12th Man Showdown took place on January 26th and attracted 188K peak viewers. Holding the position of the most popular streamer was Castro_1021 with 72K peak viewers. The viewers could receive gifts through the Twitch Drops system as a reward for watching the broadcasts of the tournament – which also attracted an additional audience.
Closing our list is Twitch Rivals Counter Strike: Global Offensive Showdown Brasil. All the top members of the Brazilian community met at this tournament. This caused the official broadcast of Twitch Rivals to not even make it to the top 10 most watched channels by the peak viewers indicator. Gaules became the most popular streamer by a huge margin: 74K peak viewers. On the second spot is Fer with 28K peak viewers.
Judging by the viewership statistics, the viewers liked the Warzone tournaments the most due to the fact that the event managed to unite both American and European streamers. Football also attracted attention – not so much thanks to its participants as through the giveaway of free loot. Meanwhile, new games from little-known publishers rarely manage to attract a lot of viewers, which is even more true in case of mobile esports in the US.
The list does not include Twitch Rivals Among Us recent events that have taken place in those two months, because that’s what we will focus on in a separate article.
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