Top 10 streamed games of the week and our predictions for 2020

Top 10 streamed games of the week and our predictions for 2020 has teamed up with esports and streaming analytics firm Stream Hatchet to bring you weekly charts of the most popular games in the streaming space.

This chart documents the most-watched games by hours across Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Mixer and Facebook.

Each week we'll be documenting the top ten most-watched titles across all the major streaming platforms so you can see which games are thriving among content creators and which titles are waning in popularity. We also have a chart documenting the week's biggest content creators.

This chart covers the week commencing December 30th 2019.

Most-watched games

2020 is already off to an interesting start with Escape from Tarkov topping the chart for last week. Escape from Tarkov is a war-themed first-person shooter with an array of multiplayer modes that is currently taking Twitch by storm. The title has racked up over 31.6 million hours watched in the past week, with huge streamers such as Shroud, Dr. Disrespect and Summit1g all contributing to its success. 

League of Legends takes the second spot with 21.6 million hours watched over the last week. Riot's long-running MOBA always has a place in the top three due to its prowess in the esports space. Fortnite follows on in third with 18.8 million hours watched last week - big views across all platforms are keeping the battle royale on top form.

Grand Theft Auto V is in fourth place with around 18.4 million hours watched, still going strong due to its newfound popularity as a roleplaying sandbox. View's on Twitch for the Rockstar title tripled in 2019

PUBG Mobile takes fifth place with 16.3 million hours watched. PUBG Mobile's popularity as an esport has risen substantially in the last year which has contributed to its views across streaming platforms.

Minecraft sits in sixth place and is still a strong contender in the top 10. Minecraft made quite the comeback in 2019, ten years after its original release. Groups of popular streamers and content creators made a return to Microsoft's bricky bonanza, causing a long term spike in views across the likes of Twitch and YouTube.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive takes seventh with 9.5 million hours racked up in the last seven days. CS: GO is another title heavily pushed by the esports scene, with events such Dreamhack and IEM Katowice bringing millions of views to wherever it is being broadcast. 

Garena Free Fire in eighth place is another title that rose substantially in 2019. The mobile shooter is incredibly popular with Asian and South American content creators and players. 

Dota 2 takes ninth place with 7.5 million hours watched in the last week, and similarly to CS:GO, Dota 2 enjoys a role as one of the most popular esports titles. 

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds takes tenth place, a battle royale that has floundered in popularity in the last year, especially stacked up to the recent success of its mobile counterpart. However, the title is still evolving and creating competitive opportunities across the globe. 

2020 predictions

It's safe to presume that esports will continue to take a lead role across streaming platforms in the coming year. There's also a number of solid scheduled releases this year, including the hugely anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, The Last Of Us Part II and Minecraft Dungeons to name a few. 

Additionally, new console launches are expected from both Sony and Microsoft which could see the release of some brand new titles yet to be announced. While the popular esports titles are safe, the other spots are a free-for-all. And as we've seen from older titles such as GTA V and Minecraft, a handful of popular creators is all it takes to cause a huge resurgence in a game that time forgot.


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.