Overwatch League has peaked over 415k viewers. On Day 1. #OWL2018— Ben Goldhaber (@FishStix) January 11, 2018
This is including the non-English streams. Korean language had an additional 60k viewers.— Ben Goldhaber (@FishStix) January 11, 2018
Overwatch was also the No. 1 game on Twitch last night and set a personal record of viewers, according to numbers from Twitch posted to Reddit.
Some in the industry, including Goldhaber and Natus Vincere CEO Yevhen Zolotarev, were skeptical of Overwatch's ability to draw in serious viewership. Zolotarev specifically cited reservations about the esport's watchability. But the opening night numbers appear to be a strong first step.
Soo......— Ben Goldhaber (@FishStix) January 11, 2018
One of my roles at Twitch is to predict viewership for tentpole events.
I'm actually really good at this part of my job. Historically, my peak CCU range estimates are correct 90% of the time.
I WAS SO COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY WRONG ABOUT #OWL2018
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