A Charity Gaming Marathon and Tournaments Draw Viewership — Weekly Twitch Top 10s, Aug. 17-23

The Summer 2020 Games Done Quick remote charity event dominated Twitch hours watched last week as the organization raised $2.3M USD for the Doctors Without Borders charity during its event running from Aug. 16 – 23. 

Twitch’s Top Channel – Games Done Quick

During the whole week, Games Done Quick ran one of its two annual games speedrunning charity events. In total, the event hauled in 9.2M hours watched on Twitch and raised a sum of $2.3M for the medical aid charity Doctors Without Borders.

In general, last week’s channel viewership ranking was dominated by event organizers. With 3.11M hours watched ESL’s official Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Twitch channel claimed the second rank on the weekly list as its annual ESL One Cologne tournament kicked off on Aug. 18. Unlike in previous years, the tournament is held remotely and in four separate geographic divisions due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Furthermore, Riot Games’ official channels for the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and League of Legends European Championship (LEC) appeared in the Top 10 with both leagues currently in their playoffs.

Following the week in which Michael “shroud” Grzesiek made his return to streaming on the platform and topping the list, the streamer had to settle on rank No. 7 with 2.18M hours watched for the week.

Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting

It has now been nine weeks since Just Chatting was not the most-watched content category on Twitch, with more than 37.5M hours watched during the week (almost exactly the same amount as in the previous week). Riot Games’ League of Legends was watched a cumulative 32.67M hours during the week reclaiming the second rank that it lost to Fall Guys in the week before. The game’s viewership was driven by playoff viewership for both the LCS and LEC.

The Takeshi’s Castle-esque game Fall Guys:Ultimate Knockout dropped weekly viewership by roughly 3.2M hours watched to 27.5M hours watched and came in third on the ranking. The rest of the Top 10 list was occupied by the same games as in the previous week, with only minor changes. The two pairs of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Valorant, as well as Dota 2 and Minecraft, swapped places.

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