December 2018 was a really big month for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), as the game was the most watched on Twitch in that span with 7.9 million live hours watched.
According to a report by the gaming research firm Newzoo, CS:GO nabbed the top spot but was only able to narrowly edge out Dota 2, which was November 2018’s most watched game.
The ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals took place between December 4 and 8, which was most likely CS:GO’s main draw for esports viewership.
However, the main driving force behind the game’s numbers would most probably have been its major update in December — which saw CS:GO add a battle royale mode, called Danger Zone, and go free-to-play.
Many of the game’s pro players and streamers tried out the new game mode for the first time on Twitch livestreams, which certainly drew a lot of viewers.
CS:GO’s new battle royale mode and switch to being free-to-play also made it more popular, especially among players of Fortnite: Battle Royale, another popular game on Twitch.
While CS:GO topped the list on Twitch, YouTube was still firmly in the grip of League of Legends, which retained its top spot with over 3 million hours watched.