If day one viewership statistics are any indication (though usually they are not), Teamfight Tactics — the LoL Auto Chess mode — is headed for a huge success. Mere hours after the game launched on the PBE, more than 190,000 people tuned to watch it on Twitch. At its peak, the game boasted 212,726 viewers, according to TwitchTracker, and was briefly the #1 game on Twitch.
More than 1,000 channels streamed the game on June 18. Alongside popular LoL streamers like William “Scarra” Li and Michael “imaqtpie” Santana, broadcasters from other games like Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan and Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang also took a shot at Riot’s Auto Chess project.
Although TFT is only playable from within the League of Legends client and plans of going mobile aren’t spoken off, the day 1 viewership towered over that of rival game Dota Underlords by Valve. Underlords entered closed beta for Battle Pass owners on June 12 and so far viewership on Twitch has been low with a peak of 62,533 last Friday.
The race between the games is only just beginning, however, and while Valve took a loss on opening day, we can’t say yet which of the Auto Chess versions will dominated. Drodo Studios are also set to launch their Auto Chess on PC through the Epic Games store later this summer, making for a three-front war in the genre.