August was a surprising month for Twitch – and not just because Amazon had officially snagged them for $970 million dollars. The monthly top game ranking reveals that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, along with Hearthstone beat the likes of Dota 2 and Minecraft as the most watched games. Naturally however, League of Legends remained firm at position one.
To find out why, some small detective work is required.
The biggest contributor was clearly Gamescom 2014, where the EMS One Cologne smashed records in terms of viewership: concurrent users peaked at 343,638 for CS:GO alone.
Hearthstone on the other hand enjoyed some increased popularity with the release of the Curse of Naxxramas expansion, which has been slowly releasing content every week.
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Dota 2’s fall is probably due to the long wait for the most recent patch, which finally hit in early September. With it came the explosive debut of the Techies hero, amongst other things.
Diablo III also enjoyed a resurgence with the release of patch 2.1, and that of the latest generation console release with the Ultimate Evil Edition.
You can check the rest of the rankings here.