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People have watched more than 800M hours of esports on Twitch since August

Most of that was due to League of Legends and Dota 2

Between August and now, Twitch users watched 803.7 million hours of esports coverage, according to a report from Newzoo.

Newzoo, an analytics firm that studies the world of esports, found that most people were tuning into League of Legends and Dota 2 streams. October, for example, was the biggest month for esports with 124 million hours spent on Twitch watching major events like the monthlong League of Legends championship, the ESL One New York and the MLG World Finals Dota 2 tournaments. In October, esports accounted for just over 30 percent of all streaming.

August marked the second-biggest month for esports, with 110 million hours spent watching different tournaments. This largely had to do with the final of Dota 2's International 5, League of Legends' regional leagues and the ESL Counter-Strike:Global Offensive tournament in Cologne, Germany.

Riot Games and ESL hosted events that made up for more than half of the streams people were watching, with different esports like League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Dota 2 and Hearthstone. Newzoo predicted that more than 1 billion people will be aware of esports by the end of the year and the company expects the number of people tuning into streams to grow.

More information can be seen in the graph below. For daily coverage of everything happening in League of Legends, be sure to check out Polygon's sister site, The Rift Herald.

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