Mon August 28 2017

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds had 63 million hours watched on Twitch

by Charlie Fripp, Kwese ESPN

While most gamers are amazed that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds cracked the Steam charts as having the most concurrent players (876 000 players), there is one aspect that most people are not playing attention to.

There is no doubt that Battlegrounds has skyrocketed in popularity, and with that comes a host of new streamers broadcasting their games on Twitch. Just for the month of August, over 60 million hours have been watched on the streaming service, according to The eSports Observer Audience Insights.

Viewership was helped along last week through the Battlegrounds Invitational at Gamescom, which saw its maximum concurrent viewers on Twitch peak at 455 000. That remained steady for the weekend-long tournament, with max viewers hovering around the 400 000 mark all weekend long.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hours Watched

As a benchmark, Dota 2 had 797 000 maximum concurrent viewers, the only Twitch streaming stats which beats PUBG.

Battlegrounds might have topped Dota 2 as having the most concurrent players on Steam, but it also garnered more hours watched from streamers.

Over the same period on Twitch, Dota 2 clocked 49.8 million hours watched (compared to PUBG’s 63.5 million), and it has also been dwarfed in total airtime. Dota 2 has 250 000 hours for the month of August, while PUBG has 1.7 million.

PUBG's total airtime compared to Dota 2's.
PUBG’s total airtime compared to Dota 2’s.

But it’s no surprise really that PUBG is clocking in all these streaming stats – in August there were seven-times more concurrent channels streaming PUBG (2 700) than Dota 2 (409 concurrent channels).

By having 63.5 million hours watched, it also topped the charts for August by beating all the heavyweights like League of Legends (59.6 million hours), Dota 2 and Hearthstone (35.5 million).

PUBG is also available on Early Access on PC at the moment, but those numbers are definitely going to skyrocket when the title launches on Xbox One in October.

Statistics were gathered from The Esports Observer Audience Insights.