Over the weekend, the Hearthstone Championship Tour World Championship sent the digital card game all the way to the top of the Twitch viewer charts, with the PlayHearthstone Twitch channel outpacing the Overwatch League and popular solo streamers such as Turner “Tfue” Tenney to become the most-watched channel of the week.
The channel logged 3.1 million hours watched between April 22 and 28, peaking at 141,000 concurrent viewers during Sunday’s final.
Of course, it helped that the final was an exciting one, with Casper “Hunterace” Notto capturing the trophy for Nordavind DNB by defeating Torben “Viper” Wahl in a marathon five-game series. Hunterace’s victory earned him a quarter of the event’s $1 million prize pool, with Viper taking home $150,000 for his second-place finish.
Nailing this many viewership hours is a bonanza for Hearthstone, which failed to crack last week’s top 10. There’s no doubt that the recent increase in hype surrounding Hearthstone has also been aided by the game’s new Rise of Shadows expansion, which put Hearthstone solidly into Twitch’s top 10 between April 8 and 14.
Following the conclusion of the Hearthstone Championship Tour, Hearthstone esports has begun somewhat of a lull, though there are a few Grandmasters and Masters Tour events over the coming months. Whether the game is able to hold onto the momentum it gained over the weekend has yet to be determined, but it’s not quite as likely.