AOC Encourages Voting and Determining LOL Worlds Finalists — Weekly Twitch Top 10s, Oct. 19 – 25, 2020

With only a few days left until the United States Presidential election on Nov. 3, the campaign arrived at the front page of Twitch. This week, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) peak viewership was only surpassed by Riot Games’ broadcast of the League of Legends World Championship semifinals match between European champion G2 Esports and Korean champion DAMWON Gaming.

Twitch’s Top Channel – xQcOW

As the number of games played at the League of Legends World Championship was cut in half compared to the previous week, variety streamer and former professional Overwatch player Félix “xQc” Lengyel retook the position as the top viewed stream. The full-time streamer who is regularly occupying one of the top spots of this ranking kept a consistent viewership of 3.45M hours watched.

Riot Games led the Twitch channel ranking the last couple of weeks, but as the number of games decreased from four quarterfinals matchups in the week ending on Oct. 18 to only two semifinal matchups last week, the channel’s hours watched dropped from 5.47M to 3.31M. As the 2020 world champion will be crowned on the upcoming weekend in the tournaments’ last matchup, the channel’s hours watched will likely drop further. 

Rocket League’s 2.68M hours watched were primarily driven by its broadcast of several stages of the regionalized Rocket League Championship Series Season X. While the South American Fall Major was completed during the week, the North American Major and European Major staged their group phases.

Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting

Throughout the last 16 weeks, the Just Chatting category was the most-watched content category on Twitch in 15 weeks. Last week, it amassed more than 47M hours watched, which marks a slight increase from last week. Riot Games’ League of Legends was watched a cumulative 34.16M hours during the week claiming the second rank once again. The game’s viewership was primarily driven by the two semifinals of the League of Legends World Championship featuring the matches between G2 Esports and DAMWON Gaming with a peak viewership of more than 500K, and between Top Esports and Suning with a peak viewership of roughly 390K.

Among Us, a multiplayer social deduction game that was first released in 2018 and recently rose to fame, remained in third with total hours watched of 26.55M. The category’s biggest stream during the week happened on Tuesday evening when U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed the game with a group of high-profile streamers and personalities while encouraging viewers to vote and raise awareness for voting in their social circles. Streamers and guests included Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Twitch streamer and political commentator Hasan “hasanabi” Piker, and popular streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys. The three-hour stream, which was also Ocasio-Cortez’s debut on the platform as a channel owner, generated approximately 332K average viewers, 438K peak concurrent viewers, and had roughly 1.14M views with a total of 1.14M hours watched.