Most Viewed Games Twitch: Rocket League #5 after RCLS Finals
The game started its spring season in June in many of its regions, increasing its esports hours watched to 26.1 million. The top four remained unchanged from May’s ranking, with Dota 2 keeping the #2 thanks to the Epicenter, Dota Summit 7, and Mars Dota 2 League. Hearthstone completes the top four thanks to SeatStory Cup VII and the continuation of the Hearthstone Global Games. Smite gained four positions to take #9. The summer split of the Smite Pro League, which started at end of May, increased the game’s esports hours watched to 0.8 million.
Newzoo’s Twitch Tracker is one of many solutions within its esports intelligence portfolio. Together, they power Newzoo’s landmark Global Esports Market Report and complement Newzoo’s Esports Consumer Insights service covering 28 countries. June’s Top 20 Games on Twitch by Total Hours Watched saw a lot of movement, with only three of the 20 spots unchanged. Among those three, League of Legends and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS took the #1 and #2 spots again, respectively. Dota 2 overtook Hearthstone to complete the top three, as Hearthstone’s buzz around its latest expansion seems to have fallen off.
There were a lot of big risers in June’s top 20. Tekken 7 gained 150 spots to take #13 after its full worldwide release. Black Desert Online entered the top 20 at #14, rising 16 spots after it released its new Striker class in North America and Europe at the end of May. The finals of the RLCS season 3 drove Rocket League up 10 spots to #17, while Darkest Dungeon rose 78 spots to #18. Darkest Dungeon released its latest downloadable content pack Crimson Court on June 19th, generating 4.7 million hours watched on Twitch for the game.
‘Rocket League’ On The Switch Is All About The Gameplay
The Switch port of Rocket League drives right up to the limit’s edge. Porting Rocket League to the Switch was a challenge because the game is built on the Unreal Engine 3 which is not supported on Nintendo’s console. Rocket League is a fast-paced action game that demands to be played at 60 fps. The result is smooth, fluid gameplay in both docked and handheld modes when you’re playing in full-screen. The low resolution, poor texture filtering, and the blurriness introduced by anti-aliasing are too much to ignore when playing Rocket League undocked on a large TV.
Most of these problems and more are present when playing undocked, but they’re less noticeable on the Switch’s small screen. There’s no reason to play Rocket League docked on the Switch if you already have the game on PC or console. If you want to play Rocket League on the go, the Switch is the only game in town and its smooth 60 fps frame rate guarantees that all of Rocket League’s exhilarating gameplay can be held in your hand. Undocked play is a very compelling reason to purchase the Switch version of the game. This is especially true if you want to play with friends who play on PC or Xbox One because, unlike the PS4, the Switch supports cross-platform play.
I’ve argued that the Switch offers unique opportunities for developers and players if the console is thought of as a home for games that play much better undocked than docked as well as a platform that supports both modes equally well. Panic Button’s port of Rocket League to the Switch is an excellent example of a game that supports this argument. The undocked version has everything to offer players who want to play on the go.