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Superweek Playoff Race Boosts LEC Viewership – Weekly Twitch Top 10s, March 8-14

Viewership for the conclusion of the LEC Spring Split saw a big boost due to a number of highly contested playoff spots. The final week was also a three-day broadcast period, dubbed a “superweek” by the league due to the additional day of matches. With higher stakes than any other week of the season thus far, the LEC generated nearly 2M hours watched on its main channel alone, not accounting for its myriad alternate language channels.

Twitch’s Top Channel – xQc

At this point, Félix “xQc” Lengyel could probably stream himself watching paint dry and break 4M hours watched for the week. Frankly, given the way Twitch works, it would likely be a record-breaking broadcast. Lengyel’s viewership is not carried by any particular game or trend, he is a variety streamer in the truest sense of the word. 

This will likely give him greater staying power over previous top-level streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Turner “Tfue” Tenney, or Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar, whose successes were more directly tied to a specific game or genre. However, the Twitch meta shifts, Lengyel’s brand and channel are already built to adapt.

Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting

The Grand Theft Auto V trend continues, and has remained in place long enough to nearly establish a new status quo that sees League of Legends in third place. Part of that new normal also includes Apex Legends entrenching itself in the Top 10, though less securely than GTA.

Tenth place this week is a unique case, as we see Dota 2 sneak in off the back of Russian-language esports viewership, but with only 8M hours watched. In a normal week, that would not have been enough for a game to break the top 10, but with last week’s continued decline for RUST, a game with less than 10M hours watched was able to break through.

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