Your probably wondering “What are the most popular games on Twitch?”, Well I have the definitive answer for you! You can easily see what the most popular games are on Twitch at at given moment. You simply visit the main games page and you will see in real time what games are currently the most popular. But this only shows you a small snippet of the story and often when a game is new lots of people will be playing it!
At the end of each Year Twitch release a retrospective and for the purpose of this article I feel this is the best place to check for the real data on such a question. Below is a list of the 10 most popular games on Twitch for the entire year of 2015. The list is in order and represents the games which streamed the most minutes on the platform. Without further hesitation lets get in to the list!
1. League of Legends
League of Legends (LoL) is an online battle arena game that takes place in real-time. League is one of the world’s largest esports games and was developed by Riot Games. As of 2014, the game had 67 million monthly players and over 27 million daily players. At any given time, upwards of 7.5 million people are playing at once. A standard game consists of two teams of 5 champions competing to destroy the other team’s nexus while leveling up in an RPG style. The action is fast, furious and intense making this the perfect spectator eSport. League of Legeds wins the number one spot on the most popular games on Twitch list.
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)
Next up another massive eSports game that needs no introduction. CS:GO is the 4th iteration in the Counter-Strike series. It is a 5 on 5 team-based online FPS (first-person shooter) game that takes place in real-time. Rated mature, this game pits terrorists (Ts) versus counter-terrorists (CTs) in a realistic shootout involving various options for gameplay. Typically you will see people playing in a game that will last around 90 minutes where the first team to get 16 rounds will take the victory. A friend of mine once said that “CS:GO was the best $7 he ever spent!” and I really cant argue with that. It draws in thousands of viewers on Twitch every single day and shows no sign of going away soon.
3. Dota 2
Dota 2 is another battle style arena game involving multiple combatants in real-time play and in many ways is similar to League of Legends. Developed by the Valve Corporation the same company that made CS:GO, Dota 2 is free-to-play and boasts over 1 million simultaneous users. Characters have unique abilities and scale during each battle — collecting gold, experience, and items throughout the game. In 2015 a prize pool of $18 million at the game’s main annual tournament set an all-time high for the eSports scene and remains one of the most likely ways to make money from gaming online.
4. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Next up we have Hearthstone the card-based strategy game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Head-to-head Arena play allows players to face off against each other using pre selected decks of cards. There are now more than 40 million Hearthstone players around the globe. Ranked battles allow players to gain monthly prizes and strive to become legendary ranked. The top 100 legendary ranked players at the end of each month receive world championship points (WCPs) that can help them to qualify for the annual championship competition. The game is free but t allows users to purchase card packs in order to rapidly increase players card collections for developing gameplay decks. Single player modes can also be unlocked to help players earn cards that are not available in some of the purchasable packs. Again I think one of the things that draws viewers on with this game is the high level of competition involved.
Minecraft allows users to build and create in a 3D block environment. Players explore the world they are helping to create, they gather resources, craft new tools, and even engage in combat. Various game modes exist that allow players to outlast each other in a multiplayer survival game or enjoy a creative mode which provides unlimited resources for users to design anything they can imagine. An award winning game, Microsoft purchased the intellectual property from Mojang in 2014 for the sum of 2.5 billion USD.
The point of H1Z1 is to survive the zombie apocalypse—a popular theme in modern entertainment. It takes place in a future dystopia where zombies have resulted from a mutated virus called H1Z1. The game is a massively multiplayer game, meaning that all users exist in the same world. Cooperation is encouraged, creating a sense of community among many users. Teamwork and trading are vital aspects of survival when encountering everything from zombies to wild animals. Most people on Twitch play in the Battle Royal mode which is a huge fight to the death and only ends when there is one play left.
Destiny is an FPS (first-person shooter) brought to you by Bungle and Activision, the same guys that made the massively successful Halo series. Destiny is a sci-fi game in which users share a world and team up. There are player-versus-player options besides the team objective modes. The game takes place on a future Earth, ridden with aliens, as well as on various worlds where the player is charged to wipe out the alien nemesis before reinforcements can reach the Earth. The launch of the game in 2014 set retail records with more than half a billion USD in retail sales on the release day.
8. World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a free-to-play online game that takes place in a multiplayer format. There are also premium game features available for a fee. PvP gameplay is the focus, and users compete against each other in various types of tanks. There are more than 400 different kinds, each based on a real type of tank developed during the 20th century. Users can choose their favorite tank from their home country or select a type of tank produced anywhere in the world. This game entered the world of eSports at the 2012 World Cyber Games. This game draws some pretty big numbers on the Twitch platform.
9. World of Warcraft
WoW, World of Warcraft is an MMORPG from Blizzard Entertainment, and is the oldest of today’s favorite games having been released in 1704. The world of WoW takes place four years after the events of Blizzard’s previous iteration of the game, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Six expansions have been released over the past decade. There are more than 5.5 million subscribers, making WoW the world’s top MMORPG. It is also the highest-grossing game in history. A World of Warcraft movie will be released in June of 2016 under the title Warcraft and will no doubt increase interest in the game, adding to the number of players and spectators on Twitch.
10. FIFA 15
FIFA 15 is the ultimate football/soccer simulator. Electronic Arts released the game in 2014, and it received great reviews from game critics. Thanks to the global popularity of football/soccer, this has become the most popular sports game for online play and viewing. Each year, EA releases a new version of the popular game with upgraded AI and updated team rosters, meeting with immediate success from fans of the franchise. No other sports simulation game attains the same eSports attention as FIFA.
The Final Word!
So there we have it the 10 most popular games on Twitch in 2015 according to Twitch! One of the key things that I take away from this list is that each of these games has a huge esports potential they are all massively competitive and have a massive online multiplayer style of play. Each of these games offer something unique that simply draws us to play them which then draws people to watch others play.