In the month of August there was only ever going to be one esport which was the most watched; Dota 2.
Thanks to The International with its $20m plus largely crowdfunded prize pool no other title stood a chance. One of the most notable statistics to emerge from Newzoo’s latest report on viewing figures however is that of Overwatch.
Overwatch gained three places to finish in fifth for the month. This was evidently due to the ESL Atlantic Showdown which took place at Cologne’s Gamescom event. There were no ‘majors’ for CS:GO and with the NALCS and EULCS finals in August for League of Legends, the latter held onto the number two spot whilst CS:GO fell to fourth.
Overwatch’s fifth placed finish is definitely impressive for a newcomer clocking in 18.3 million total hours and 3.1 million esports hours watched.
This event was the first major live international in Overwatch’s history with a six figure prize pool up for grabs, and the numbers involved stand it in good stead for the future.