More eyeballs lingered on League of Legends than Fortnite this year – so far

Celebration of whatever.

So, battle royale – was it just a fad? Probably not, or at least, if it is, it’s not even close to being over. But maybe it’s not king.

While we’ve been tracking Fortnite’s revenue ever since its battle royale mode exploded back in 2017 – and indeed, last month, it was still topping the list for console – that doesn’t mean it’s claiming everyone’s attention. In fact, as The Esports Observer has noted, more eyes are on League of Legends, at least according to Twitch’s viewership records.

The 10-year-old Riot Games MOBA has seen revenue declines over the last few years, but it pulled in significantly more hours-watched on Twitch over the first six months of 2019. Fortnite, on the other hand, has lost about 13% of its viewership compared to the same period in 2018. The two games have just about swapped places.

Apex Legends clocked in at around a third of the time fans gave to League on the platform. And worth mentioning is that Blizzard’s core titles – Overwatch, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft – all made the top 10 for eyeballs, in spite of being outpaced in revenue.

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LoL surpassed Fortnite?

Welp, only one thing left to do. Make a Fortnite MMO. 7 billion people enter. Only one man leaves.

IronSalamander8 .

I doubt BR is dead but that co-worker I mentioned, whose years younger and was playing it a lot a few months ago isn’t even talking about it anymore. He’s focused on Red Dead and Warface lately. We talk games almost every day as he’s one of the few here that likes games as much as I do.

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I feel like League still has a lot more traction in Asia than Fortnite, but that’s still damn impressive. I’m sure Fortnite is still crushing it on the revenue front and making more than League given that they’re on many more platforms, but I imagine all the League tournaments and established players have helped it make up some ground on Twitch.

Danny Smith

It kind of feels like Fortnites bubbles burst. A few months ago i could not go a day without hearing about it. Adverts on tv, promoted tweets, constant banner and youtube ads and so on.

Now i can’t mention the last time i saw it officially promoted or used by something else to bootleg their own crap. Not saying its dying any time soon but there certainly appears to be either a drop in active marketing or user interest.