Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or MOBA is continuing to grow popularity. Game streaming website Twitch is one of the primary platforms for people to watch. It’s not surprising that MOBA is the most watched eSport content on Twitch.
Newzoo’s Twitch Tracker is a data generator that confirms MOBA as the most watched eSport content on Twitch. The generator developed by Newzoo scrapes over 300 million hours of online game content watched on Twitch each month.
Based on the data accumulated in November 2017, Dota 2 had the most hours with 39.6 million hours. The main reason that Dota 2 had so many watched hours was that of the official eSport event that Valve created, such as The International (TI).
The total eSport hours of Dota 2 was 19.2 million. This means that this most popular MOBA in Indonesia had 48% of its viewers from eSport streams. Not just Dota 2 that got in the first spot, but its MOBA rival League of Legends also got in the third spot.
League of Legends has 82.9 million hours viewed in total, whereas only 7% of total hours were from eSport events. This is because the main event, League of Legends World Championship was already held mid-year.
What’s more surprising is that two not very big MOBA names Smite and Heroes of the Storm rose up to the top 10 list in November. Smite had 3.1 million hours, 1.2 million or 39% of those hours were generated through eSport events.
Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s MOBA game was just one spot below Smite. It had a total of 4.7 million hours and 24% of those hours (1.1 million) were generated through eSport events.
Finally, we can see that most of the gaming audience prefer MOBA as their go-to content in Twitch in terms of eSport events. This is probably due to the high level of gameplay and intensity that players bring. These factors are not something that we can often see from regular streamers.