According to Twitch statistics for 2019, League of Legends (LoL) is once again the most-watched Twitch game having regained the top position from Fortnite. The two games have been battling it out over views since the launch of the battle royale game in 2017.
At the beginning of the year, Fortnite was comfortably in front with an average of 1.5 million views a month. This was until League of Legends, riding on the success of the 2018 World Championships, saw viewer number skyrocket for the opening weekend of the LoL Esports Spring European LEC and North American LCS. In fact, the game’s viewer numbers surpassed that of Fortnite’s by 2.2 million. The game continued to beat Fortnite’s total views week-on-week thanks to excitement surrounding the new season and innovation from the side of the League of Legends crew.
Considering the success of the LoL Esports Season, and the release of Auto-Chess – Team Fight Tactics, viewership increased even more in April. League of Legends reached 6.4 million view number on 13 April alone, whereas Fortnite only managed an ordinary 3.1 million views. It is possible that the release of Apex Legends contributed to Fortnite‘s decline.
Popular streamer Ninja has struggled to get the following he usually gets in his daily streams, but even with all of the above being taken into consideration, Fortnite is fighting to stay at the top, beating out League of Legends in the months of May and June. Although the margin is slight, it is possible for the game to regain its number one spot later this year.
Will Fortnite be able to regain its number one spot?