Howdy there and welcome to the top 50 streamers list thread for this month!
Huh? What's this?
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 live 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.
Due to space limitations, I have to shorten the headers and leave some data out of the tables presented here. You can get the full tables from the links below. The headers aren't as clear as I'd like them to be thanks to this, so here's a quick explanation, just in case: "Viewers" denotes the average viewers in the given month. "Hours" are the hours played. "Place diff" and "Viewer diff" are the place and viewer differences compared to last month. And "HotS%" is the percentage of Heart of the Swarm streaming compared to Wings of Liberty. A full green bar means the player streamed only HotS, a grey bar means he only streamed WoL.
Now, Without further ado, here's this month's tables:
(The actual numbers are not important, so ignore the y axis numbers. It's the ratio between month that's important.)
There's a clear downwards trend in overall numbers, but I wouldn't interpret too much into it. Two months ago we had the HotS beta to blame. A good portion of people switched over to watching streamers play the beta, and when the players went back to play the game they're getting paid for, the viewers didn't follow. Last month we had a large number of huge tournaments (MLG, WCS, IEM, Dreamhack..), and they are most likely to blame for the lack of player stream viewers. The numbers for the next few months will be more telling.
Some stray observations
Koreans! Polt, MarineKing and Bomber, among others, were all streaming again some last month. They got pretty decent numbers, too, all things considered.
Well, sort of. MarineKing's stream currently consists of English commentary of MKP replays, not live games being played by him. It's an interesting concept, and it doesn't seem to hurt the viewer numbers at all.
Speaking of interesting concepts, Weedamins has one, too: Leave the stream on while sleeping. At least that's what happened when I checked his stream. He still had about 100 viewers at the time, which is quite impressive, considering that there was nothing to actually watch. I don't know if that's a regular thing or not, but it certainly would explain the insane hours.
Looks like the EG guys took last month's suggestion to heart. Idra, Incontrol, Machine and LzGaMeR all streamed lots of HotS last month. MorroW went back to streaming SC2, though, losing some viewers int he process.
Congratulations to Turuk for being the only non-featured streamer (apart from the ever-present Taiwanese player Hui) to make it on the viewer number list.
Destiny barely made it into the list with 5 hours of SC2 content this month. That's down from 137 hours from the month before. Looks like he's serious about his switch to LoL.
Some notable absentees this month: Stephano (), Grubby, Apollo, Ret, DIMAGA, LucifroN, RotterdaM, VortiX.
Well, That's all I can think of for now. Hope you guys enjoyed!
Thanks again, always interesting. That being said i agree there were too many tournaments, which made people watch way less player streams. But the downtrend is still there anyway but i'm certain it'll go upwards again when HotS is really out. Gonna take a while though.
I have a feeling that 2013 will see a different trend. the lowest point will probably be right before HotS, and then it should go up. I'm not too worried in general about numbers though, Starcraft 2 is still a huge e-sport, and IPL5 has really shown that tournaments are still progressing which is great. nice post though
On December 03 2012 00:12 Jamial wrote: Can this be done for LoL too? :O
Yes and no.
I only gather data from teamliquid.net at the moment, that is, all the streams that you can find at http://www.teamliquid.net/video/streams/ . That list contains practically every single SC2 stream out there, but that's not true for LoL (or Dota2). So I could give you only a very incomplete picture of all the LoL streams that bothered to register with teamlliquid.
I considered gathering data in a similar way from http://www.solomid.net/, but haven't yet bothered to do so, since I'm not much of an LoL guy, and I'm not part of that community. I am also thinking about doing a similar list for Dota2, now that TL.net officially covers it. So far, though, there are not even enough streams listed to make a proper "top 50" list. I also do not know how big a percentage of the Dota2 streams out there have registered with TL.net.
On December 02 2012 21:45 Psyclon wrote: The numbers are dropping like crazy. Not so long ago Idra's stream was regularly peaking over 10k.
The total number is a little bit misleading, they have removed Destiny, who was almost always number one total because he switched to LoL. He is still doing the same amount or more streaming but just a different game.
Hui hours numbers are fucking scary ( btw i think you added a day to the month for your math JustPassingBy , it's 6h57 on average, not that it makes that much of a difference anyway, still fucking scary)