When you think of the most streamed games on Twitch right now, the likes of Apex Legends, GTA V and Fortnite might spring to mind. But it hasn’t always been that way.
An incredible time lapse graph made by YouTube user Data Is Beautiful brings on Twitch viewership data for every month since August 2015 and plots the ten most popular titles on a constantly moving chart. The almost hypnotic graph shows just how trends in gaming have changed in a relatively small time period and shows everything from the massive explosion of certain titles on their launches to the steady decline of games from yesteryear.
Some of the most notable trends include the dominance of League of Legends as the undisputed top dog for the first two and a half years of the time lapse, the gradual rise of Fortnite to the point where it eclipses League of Legends during February 2018, and the immediate popularity of Apex Legends when it launched in February 2019.
It also sees the decline of the likes of Hearthstone and PUBG, but sees old favourites like Dota 2 and CS:GO stay strong near the top of the pile across the entire time frame.
As of this month, October 2019, the graph shows the top ten streamed games to be:
- League of Legends
- World of Warcraft
- GTA V
- Apex Legends
- FIFA 20
- Dota 2
- Destiny 2
If you’ve got a spare six minutes and five seconds, kick back, relax, and take a look at this fascinating – and also rather therapeutic – video.