World of Warcraft Streams – A Closer Look

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Ever since the start of World of Warcraft streaming on Twitch, this media has helped World of Warcraft to get more audience and attention. But how much is Twitch, and Streaming helping World of Warcraft? Let’s take a look at statistics from 2016, until now.

Start of World of Warcraft Streams

Don’t let the title confuse you, Twitch was launched in 2011, but the statistics for World of Warcraft are not available before 2016, so we mark 2016 as the start of World of Warcraft Streams.

World of Warcraft Streams started in 2016 with fairly good stats compared to other games. Back in 2016, twitch was dominated by games like Leauge of Legends, Counterstrike, and Dota 2. World of Warcraft was ranked the 7th most viewed game of 2016, with 12,000 average viewers at the start of the year and 17,000 average viewers at the end of the year.

World of Warcraft streams in 2016 chart

Legion Launch Impact

Launch of Legion expansion had a huge impact on World of Warcraft stream viewers. On the 29th of August, 2016, World of Warcraft reached 227,000 viewers which was the peak of its viewers for 2016.

World of Warcraft 2016 Streams Statistics

  • Average Viewers: 17,024
  • Hours Watched: 149,529,985
  • Hours Broadcasted: 4,830,118
  • Max viewers: 227,428
  • Average Channels: 549

Top streamers of 2016

  • sodapoppin was the most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2016, with 16,500 average viewers.
  • Towelliee was the second most-watched and the first in follower growth.
  • LIRIK was the third most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2016.

World of Warcraft Streams in 2017

2017 was a weak year compared to 2016. It started fairly good but ended up with 15,380 average viewers, around 2,000 lower than last year. The peak viewers of this year was 114,000, for the announcement of Classic WoW by J. Allen Brack.

World of Warcraft streams in 2017

Despite the lower Average viewers and Hours watched compared to 2016, This year actually had 3-4 viewers spike, signifying important events in WoW.

World of Warcraft 2017 Streams Statistics

  • Average Viewers: 15,380 (decreased, compared to last year)
  • Hours Watched: 134,721,259 (decreased, compared to last year)
  • Hours Broadcasted: 5,849,937 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Max viewers: 114,050 (decreased, compared to last year)
  • Average Channels: 667 (increased, compared to last year)

Top streamers of 2017

  • Quin69 was the most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2017 with 7,000,000 hours watch time.
  • Asmongold was the second most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2017. He was also the first in follower growth.
  • Towelliee was the third most-watched and the first in follower growth.

Streaming in 2018 – Viewers Spike

2018 was a huge success for World of Warcraft streamers and streaming, and for World of Warcraft itself. This year, WoW saw its biggest Viewer spike on 13th August. This year was the start of World of Warcraft streaming growth which continued in 2019. The Average viewers almost doubled, Average channels had a 50% bump and Hours watches saw a huge increase over 2017.

World of Warcraft streams in 2018 chart

Battle for Azeroth Launch

This year’s spike was due to the Battle for Azeroth Global launch on that same day, 13th August. This year’s peak viewers was 590,245, an astonishing number for World of Warcraft. Strangely enough, World of Warcraft fell down one rank on Average Viewers. 2018 Average World of Warcraft stream viewers were 29,000, A huge improvement over 2017.

World of Warcraft 2018 Streams Statistics

  • Average Viewers: 29,710 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Hours Watched: 260,234,955 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Hours Broadcasted: 9,056,769 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Max viewers: 590,245 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Average Channels: 1,033 (increased, compared to last year)

Top streamers of 2018

  • Asmongold was the most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2018. He was also the first in follower growth, like last year. He had 20 million hours of watch time.
  • sodapoppin was the second most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2018, with 27,500 average viewers.
  • Towelliee was the third most-watched WoW streamer of 2018, with 2,998 hours stream time.

2019 – The huge success of WoW

2019 was a fantastic year for WoW streamers and WoW itself. This year World of Warcraft on Twitch saw a huge increase to average viewers compared to the last year. The average viewers for World of Warcraft in 2019 were 48,000, almost double the number of last years. World of Warcraft had its all-time viewers peak in 2019, with 1,103,295 viewers.

World of Warcraft streams in 2019 chart
Image from Sullygnome

World of Warcraft Classic Launch

2019 viewers peak was due to the long-awaited World of Warcraft: Classic launch. Streamers like Asmongold and sodapoppin had huge bumps to followers and watch time and many streamers streamed 24 hours. <Method> also held a competition to Ragnaros World First which was claimed by <Apes> a few days later. Jokerd, the first player to hit level 60, had around 200,000 increase to his followers.

World of Warcraft Twitch report

World of Warcraft 2019 Streams Statistics

  • Average Viewers: 48,130 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Hours Watched: 421,573,659 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Hours Broadcasted: 11,665,111 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Max viewers: 1,103,295 (increased, compared to last year)
  • Average Channels: 1,331 (increased, compared to last year)

Top streamers of 2019

  • Asmongold was the most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2019. He was also the first in follower growth, like last year. He had his peak viewers at Classic launch, with 263,720 viewers. He gained a massive amount of followers, 438,375, during Classic launch streams.
  • sodapoppin was the second most-watched World of Warcraft streamer of 2019, with 26,600 average viewers.
  • Method was the third most-watched WoW streamer of 2019. They were active during World first events and Classic Launch.

Notable Events

  • 2017 didn’t have only one major event, it have quite a few. On October 1st, Warcraft Official channel hosted Mythic Dungeon Invitational finals, which gathered around 70,000 users around the world to watch the event.
  • <Method> Achieved World First G’huun on September 19th of 2018. This kill gathered more than 200,000 viewers to Method channel (Mainly Sco‘s channel) and World of Warcraft.
  • Again, <Method> Achieved World First Lady Jaina Proudmoore on the 5th of February in 2019. This event gathered around 200,000 viewers to Method channel.
  • Safe Haven Cinematic was released on 15th May 2019. This cinematic was so well appreciated that it gathered around 200,000 viewers (Mostly to watch streamers’ reactions to it).
  • The World First Race for Queen Azshara was over on the 28th of July, 2019, when <Method> defeated her. This gathered more than 200,000 viewers to watch the close battle between <Method> and <Limit>.
Safe Haven Cinematic

Notable Streamers

  • Asmongold can currently be named the most successful streamer of WoW. He gained a large follower increase starting from 2017, which continues to this day.
  • Sco is the Guild Master of Method guild and he gained a lot of followers and growth when they finally started streaming World of Warcraft World First Races. His channel had higher peak viewers than Asmongold in 2018.
  • EsfandTV is also a known name among WoW streamers, as he was the fourth most-watched streamer of 2019. He also had a huge follower growth in 2019.
  • Shroud was the fifth most-watched WoW Streamer of 2019, although he is not only a WoW streamer, he has his fair share among WoW streamers.

The statistics were gathered thanks to https://sullygnome.com/ .

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