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For those of you who don't already know what this is about: I'm gathering various data from all the streams that are presented on teamliquid.net (viewers, game, events, etc.) and use that data to produce the pretty tables you see below. The tables only contain SC2 players (that is, people streaming games of Starcraft 2 being played by themselves) and not casters, teams or other streams. The tables also only contain Starcraft 2 related activities, a SC2 streamer streaming Dota2 or other games is not being taken into account.
For current stream data, go and visit soiii's site http://sc2streamnumbers.com/ where you can check out detailed graphs of stream viewers of every stream. (Thread here). Please check it out, it's pretty awesome. I thought about doing something like that at some point, but soiii did it way better and prettier than I could've ever done.
Last month saw the start of the much anticipated Heart of the Swarm beta (And I still gots no key. ), and practically every pro gamer who streamed started streaming HotS right away. At first I planned to create a separate ranking for streamers streaming the beta, but that quickly turned out to be a near identical version of the current table (which now includes both Wings of Liberty and HotS streams). So, instead, I've added a new column to the usual tables showing the percentage of HotS being played.
The percentages are not as big as you might think, though. A lot of streamers played the beta only for a short while before returning back to WoL. That's quite understandable, considering that - for now - they make most, if not all of their money with WoL. I'm curious to see the change in these percentages the closer HotS reaches its release date.
Also note that the HotS percentages are not always 100% exact. It's up to the streamers to declare whether they're playing WoL or HotS, and especially in the first few days of the beta there was still some confusion about this. Dragon streamed HotS days before he actually changed his streaming infos from WoL to HotS, and other streamers forgot to switch back to WoL after trying out the beta. So if you see a streamer who supposedly did or did not play HotS in the last month and you could swear that the information is not correct, that's the most likely reason.
Now, without further ado, here's this month's tables:
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Some stray observations
- My prediction from last month didn't quite turn out to be true. But still: Evil Geniuses take the top three spots in average viewers. You guys sure as hell know how to build a fanbase. Congrats!
- The HotS numbers are interesting. Already popular streamers like Idra or Stephano did not suffer all that much from not streaming too much HotS. On the other hand, those who streamed a lot of HotS gained more viewers than those who didn't on average. Players like White-Ra, Nerchio, Sheth and NonY did better than last month, while Grubby, Demuslim, Hero and Incontrol (who barely streamed any HotS) lost some viewers. Still, it's not so simple as to declare "HotS=Viewers".
- Some notable absentees for this month: DRG, Select, Seed, Bling, Happy, VINES. This lowers the number of streamers from Korean teams to just one.
- If you find a player with the wrong team associated with him, let me know! It's getting harder and harder to keep that part of the database up to date. Also, if any streamer on the list isn't just playing games but also uses his stream for casting SC2 games, let me know as well.