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10 Most Watched Twitch Streamers of 2020 So Far as Ninja and Others Eye Return

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– Summit1g hits top spot with 75million hours watched

– End of Mixer leaves door open to Ninja & Shroud

– No Myth or Pokimane in top 10 list

2020 has been a strange year — but Twitch streamers have had it stranger than most. The global lockdown has driven huge spikes across the streaming world as these entertainers have been a lifeline for millions of fans looking for company and distraction from the safety of their home.

This led to 101% year-on-year viewership growth in April.

The award-winning esports bookmakers at Unikrn have created a list of the top 10 most watched twitch streamers of 2020 so far.

This comes with this week’s news that Microsoft has ditched their own streaming service, Mixer, leaving the door open for some of the biggest streamers on the planet to return to Twitch.

Tyler Blevins, known on Twitch as Ninja, accrued 14 million followers on Twitch before leaving to join Mixer in October last year, but the Fortnite gamer joined other big names such as Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Cory “King Gothalion” Michael as free agents with Mixer’s collapse.

So, they too could make this list before the end of the year!

 

Most Watched Twitch Streamers of 2020

10.

TimTheTatman

Name: Timothy Betar

Games: Fortnite, Overwatch, Call of Duty:

Country: United States

Age: 29

The online personality has recently become an icon.

Now with nearly five million followers on Twitch, you may have seen the 29-year-old in the NFL 100 advert at Superbowl LIV earlier this year.

Followers: 4,947,610

Watch time in 2020: 24,293,873 hours

 

9.

Lirik

Name: Saqib Zahid

Games: PUBG, GTA V, others

Country: United States

Age: 29

Lirik has become well-known for his walkthroughs and guides as well as his competitive multiplayer gaming.

The 29-year-old is the king of variety, trying new games to give his fans a fair review of new opportunities.

Followers: 2,624,326

Watch time in 2020: 24,647,532 hours

 

8.

Rubius

Name: Ruben Gundersen

Games: Fortnite, Minecraft and others

Country: Spain

Age: 30

Rubius is rumoured to be one of the highest earners on the platform.

It was reported that he was estimated to be earning around $135,000 per video.

Followers: 5,062,556

Watch time in 2020: 24,934,263 hours

 

7.

Tyler1

Name: Tyler Steinkamp

Games: League of Legends

Country: United States

Age: 25

In January, Tyler1 set himself the challenge of reaching Challenger playing only Jungle on League of Legends ‘to prove a point’.

Last month, he achieved his goal, declared himself “the GOAT” and surprising many of his followers.

Followers: 3,387,929

Watch time in 2020: 26,644,027 hours

 

6.

NICKMERCS

Name: Nick Kolchef

Games: Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Country: United States

Age: 29

NICKMERCS has long been considered one of the best Fortnite streamers out there.

He’s even now got so popular that rapper Drake has publicly given the gamer permission to use his music in his streams.

Followers: 3,671,400

Watch time in 2020: 26,874,307 hours

 

5.

Tfue

Name: Turner Tenney

Games: Fortnite

Country: United States

Age: 22

Amassing a fanbase of more than 8.5million on Twitch, Tfue now holds the highest number of followers on the platform.

The 22-year-old took a break from Fortnite back in May after calling out the game for being “unfair”.

Followers: 8,537,326

Watch time in 2020: 30,823,402

 

4.

Anomaly

Name: Ludwig Lagerstedt

Games: CS:GO, Valorant

Country: Sweden

Age: 25

Anomaly’s figures have skyrocketed in the past few months, much because of his decision to re-stream 24/7 Valorant VODs.

There’s nothing wrong with this in terms of how Twitch sees it, though some fans and streamers have taken a disliking.

Followers: 2,631,307

Watch time in 2020: 47,037,756

 

3.

xQcOW

Name: Félix Lengyel

Games: Overwatch and various other games

Country: Canada

Age: 24

XQC is never too far from the headlines.

The skilled gamer even revealed last year how YouTube wrote to him directly to ask him to never stream with them.

Followers: 3,068,964

Watch time in 2020: 55,745,432 hours

 

2.

Gaules

Name: Alexandre Borba

Games: CS:GO

Country: Brazil

Age: 36

Gaules has been a sensation on Twitch over the past few months.

The Brazilian broke his own national record of 263,000 simultaneous viewers when he reached a peak of 393,000 viewers hosting the final of the BLAST Premier Spring Finals of North America.

Followers: 1,642,928

Watch time in 2020: 57,671,713 hours

 

1.

Summit1g

Name: Jaryd Lazar

Games: CS:GO, Sea of Thieves, GTA V and more

Country: United States

Age 33

And 2020’s top streamer so far is Summit1g.

Twitch have even gone out their way to lock their most prized asset down by offering the popular gamer a new contract in recent weeks.

 

Followers: 5,357,969

Watch time in 2020: 75,839,528 hours

Most Watched Twitch Streamers of 2020

Channel Watch time Stream time Average viewers Followers
1 summit1g 75,839,528 1,903 35,811 5,357,969
2 Gaules 57,671,713 4,218 13,694 1,642,928
3 xQcOW 55,745,432 1,800 28,975 3,068,964
4 Anomaly 47,037,756 1,148 19,808 2,631,307
5 Tfue 30,823,402 1,071 28,012 8,537,326
6 NICKMERCS 26,874,307 1,146 22,386 3,671,400
7 loltyler1 26,644,027 985 26,468 3,387,929
8 Rubius 24,934,263 510 47,931 5,062,556
9 LIRIK 24,647,532 1,103 21,928 2,624,326
10 TimTheTatman 24,293,873 865 27,126 4,947,610

*Statistics from Dec 29 2019 – June 26th

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Penta Esports launches “Penta Challenge” Valorant tournament on its new platform

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Penta Esports, the esports division of Newgen Gaming has announced its upcoming tournament titled, ‘Penta Challenge – Valorant’, supported by Facebook Gaming and Trinity Gaming. This tournament will be a part of Penta Esports’ newly launched IP, ‘Penta Challenge’. Taking place from 5th to 24th October, the tournament has a prize pool of ₹5,00,000 and will have two open qualifiers between 5th to 10th October and 12th to 17th October, followed by a Grand Finale where 2 teams from each qualifier and 4 invited teams will battle it out for the winner’s title.

The registrations for the tournament started on 24th September and will go on till 8th October on Penta Esports’ newly launched platform. Matches will be broadcast quarter finals onwards for qualifier 1 and 2, while all matches from the Grand Finale will be broadcast. The matches will be available for streaming exclusively on Penta’s Facebook Page. Says Penta Esports CMO Akshay Paul “We’ve always had the vision to bring opportunities to the player and amazing viewing experience to the spectators and our newest IP, Penta Challenge, is a step in that direction. While we’ll start with Valorant, going forward, we will have the Penta Challenge for multiple game titles.” Trinity Gaming founder and CEO Abhishek Agarwal says, “We’re always on the lookout for good partners to be able to bring tournaments like these for the Indian esports community. Our vision is absolutely in line with the team at Penta Esports and we’re sure this is going to be an amazing event!” This event will also mark the launch of Penta Esports’ platform, pentaesports .com. The platform will be a one stop destination for all things esports, including match schedules, match results, VODs of tournaments and leagues, content, news, announcements and much more.

The platform will allow users to discover and register for tournaments. It will also allow teams to create recruitment posts and players to find teams. This will enable a lot more players to participate in tournaments for team-based game titles.

Penta Esports head of esports, Kiran Noojibail said, “We’ve been working on this platform for a while and it feels rewarding to launch it for everyone. We wanted to create a platform for Indian esports players and enthusiasts, which encompasses all major aspects of esports. Penta Challenge – Valorant will be the first tournament for our platform and we look forward to building a strong community through the platform!”

Founded by industry veterans Anurag Khurana, Kiran Noojibail and Akshay Paul, Penta Esports aims to disrupt the ecosystem in India with a holistic approach towards the sector, including leagues, tournaments, content and much more.

Prize Pool for the tournament:

Prize Pool

₹5,00,000

1st

₹2,25,000

2nd

₹1,25,000

3rd/4th

₹50,000

3rd/4th

₹50,000

5th-8th

₹10,000

5th-8th

₹10,000

5th-8th

₹10,000

5th-8th

₹10,000

Top Fragger of Grand Finale

₹10,000

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Axe Deodorant announces first gaming integration in India with World Cricket Championship 3

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The in-game integration inside Next Wave multimedia’s WWC 3 is implemented by GroupM ESP

World Cricket Championship 3 (WCC 3) has announced the first ever in-game integration of Axe Deodorant which is implemented by GroupM ESP. This association brings alive dual benefits promised by the brand to gamers, who can upgrade two skills instead of one when they are faced with challenging situations on the field in-game. In line with the brand promise, WCC 3 players are being offered a dual benefit when they upgrade their skills in the game.

The association comes at the time of resumption of IPL 2021 and spilling over to ICC World T20.Axe Deodorant has been associated with gaming globally and this is the first-ever in-game partnership in the country.

Says Next Wave Multimedia, CEO and co-founder, P.R. Rajendran“We’re thrilled to have Axe Deodorant choose WCC 3 for its first gaming integration in the country. Given the cricket season is upon us, I think this will provide fans with more excitement while they play the game. WCC always looks forward to providing its community with the best experience and we’re sure Axe Deodorant will only enhance it!”

Says HULGeneral Manager, DeodorantsShailendra Singh “The 1st love for most young guys in India is cricket. The integration of Axe with WCC 3 brings together this 1st love with another major passion points – gaming. It is a great platform to bring alive AXE’s Dual action proposition with which it relaunched earlier this year. We are excited to get young consumers to level up their game – Digitally while gaming and in IRL with AXE can”

GroupM South Asia, Head – sports, esports and entertainment, Vinit Karnik said, “We’re thrilled to have collaborated with Axe on WWC3. In-game integration makes brand communication very focused, along with targeting the right consumers. With the newfound sense of consumer value in gaming, users will increasingly engage with content that delivers true value. Since gaming is a massive and readily engaging market with customers, it was a perfect synergy to bring together Axe and next wave multimedia for this initiative.”

WCC 3, the latest edition in the World Cricket Championship (WCC) franchise which has over 160 million downloads. The game has been infused with simulation of actual cricket, updated gameplay features like new controls, animations, real-time motions of athletes and professional cricketers, women’s cricket, a comprehensive career mode with over 400 tournaments, international leagues and much more. The game recently also added a standalone esports lobby.

The game also offers multiple vernacular language commentaries apart from English by professional commentators. It offers Telugu commentary voiced by former Indian cricketer and current IPL commentator, Venkatapathy Raju. English bowler, columnist and BBC cricket commentator Isa Guha and Matthew Hayden comprise the English Commentary roster, while the ingame Hindi and Tamil versions are voiced by Aakash Chopra and Abhinav Mukund respectively.

The World Cricket Championship series has been created by Chennai based Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Nazara Technologies Ltd., a leading India based diversified gaming and sports media platform. Launched in November 2020, the third instalment is the latest in the series. The game has won the Indian Game Developers Conference’s “Studio Game of the Year” award and Google Play Store’s “Users Choice” Award 2020.

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VALORANT tournament Spike Nations returns with €60,000 to be donated to charity by Riot Games

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BLAST has teamed up with Riot Games to bring back the Spike Nations VALORANT tournament for a second installment in October (7-9 October).

The three-day online tournament features 12 EMEA-based teams made up of professional esports players, popular gaming personalities and streamers, each representing their nation or region, with €60,000 donated to charitable causes.

The Spike Nations format will create opportunities for funds to be raised and added incentives for teams to beat each other, upping the stakes in the process. Each team will be competing for national glory as they tussle with each over three-days of VALORANT action next month.

The tournament consists of three groups of four. The top two teams in each group will progress to the final knockout stage. VALORANT’s latest map addition Fracture will also feature in the tournament.

Further information in the coming weeks will be announced on the format, teams, other tournament mechanics and how the €60,000 will be donated to charity by Riot Games.

The nations competing include:

Team United Kingdom

Team France

Team Spain

Team Portugal

Team Nordics

Team Poland

Team Turkey

Team CIS

Team Italy

Team DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Team Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)

Team Eastern Europe

Leo Matlock, VP of Commercial at BLAST, said: “Welcoming back Spike Nations for a second year is testament to how well the inaugural event in 2020 was received by the VALORANT community. We’ve made some exciting additions to the tournament, added new teams made up of more nations than before. We can’t wait to rekindle old rivalries and create fun storylines for fans to enjoy.

“BLAST has proven itself as the leading esports tournament organisation and we are delighted to partner up again with Riot Games and create more incredible VALORANT experiences for fans who love the game or are experiencing it for the first time.”

Felix Morgan, VALORANT Product Lead, Europe said: “After hearing such positive feedback from both creators and fans during last year’s Spike Nations event, this year we’re partnering with BLAST to deliver something even bigger and better. We’ve got some great surprises in store and feel confident that this year will deliver an even better fan experience. We can’t wait to see our country teams battling it out for a good cause.”

Last year’s first ever Spike Nations took place in November with 10 teams competing against each other. The final saw Team Portugal beat Team United Kingdom 2-0

 

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