Over 400,000 viewers tuned in to Twitch for the opening day of the Overwatch League.
The first round of the Overwatch League took place last night, with the Dallas Fuel facing off against Seoul Dynasty. The opening night peaked at over 415,000 viewers on Twitch.
Esports commentator and director of content marketing at Twitch, Ben Goldhaber, revealed the figure on Twitter, adding that it includes both English and non-English livestreams. This is pretty high, and Goldhaber even said that his estimates (part of his job at Twitch) of the event’s viewership were well below these numbers.
Overwatch League has peaked over 415k viewers. On Day 1. #OWL2018
— Ben Goldhaber (@FishStix) January 11, 2018
What’s even more impressive is that most of the games took place past midnight in Europe, so it wasn’t the best time in many parts of the world. These numbers also don’t include livestreams from Chinese sites, or the Activision-owned MLG site and app.
Overall, a pretty solid turnout for the night, and as Goldhaber added, it’ll be interesting to see if the momentum carries through to the weekend.
If you’re interested in following the Overwatch League but don’t know where to start, head over to our League guide, it includes details about teams, skins, tokens and all the other details.