World of Warcraft Racing Takes Center Stage – Top Twitch Channels, Jan. 27 – Feb. 3

The latest World of Warcraft Race to World First kicked off this week, with esports organization Method once again leading all channels.

League of Legends streamer Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp remains the game’s only influencer to consistently rank in the Top 10.

With its Monday Night League matches now in full effect, the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) positions itself firmly ahead of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

The following content is ranked according to the total number of hours watched on Twitch from Monday to the following Sunday, with data compiled using TEO Access.

Gotta Go Fast for Days

World of Warcraft is a game that regularly releases large content updates that feature new challenges for the game’s best players. With each new major update, the top WoW organizations engage in a race to complete the newest content first. Starting in 2018, Method began broadcasting its progress in this race for the first time ever, generating millions of hours watched over the course of roughly a week of non-stop racing.

At the time of writing, the race has not yet concluded, but last week’s progress generated 5.91M hours watched for the main Method channel, not counting each of the individual streams for the organization’s players. For this latest race, esports organization Complexity partnered with WoW guild Limit to produce its own broadcast, which broke 1M hours watched last week.

Tyler1 Stays Ahead of the Pack

Despite its consistent position as one of the top three games on Twitch, League of Legends streamers rarely appear in the Top 10. The game’s viewership is spread across so many streamers, and its esports leagues dominate weekend viewership, making it even more difficult for its biggest influencers to compete.

The exception to this is Steinkamp who, since his return from a long stretch of being banned by Twitch, has been a consistent fixture in the Top 10. This week, Steinkamp generated 2M hours watched, surpassing both the LCS and LEC.

League of Legends Takes Over Monday Night

For the 2020 season, developer Riot Games has created separate Twitch channels for its major esports products, the LCS and LEC, where previously the combined viewership of all four major regions (China, Korea, North America, and Europe) made Riot’s main Twitch channel a consistent first place finisher, the individual leagues are somewhat less strong on their own. 

Last week, the LCS generated 1.19M hours watched, surpassing the LEC’s 1.13M. It should be noted, however, that despite the LEC reaching a higher peak during its broadcast, the LCS’ extra day of broadcasting for its new Monday Night League program gave it the edge.

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