NewZoo's Top 10 most watched games list has become an industry-defining tool for analysts and fans alike to gauge what the community has been watching over the past month.
And for August, Dota 2 has topped the list - which should come as no surprise, as The International wrapped up last month. What was surprising, however, was the rise of Hearthstone in the rankings once again. It beat out Counter-Strike (which was in something of a lull last month after the conclusion of ELEAGUE and the lack of any majors).
One other major surprise was the ever present StarCraft II - many in the community note that the game's viewership is low, but it's still higher than both Super Smash Bros and Call of Duty, both titles that have more supportive communities.
Hearthstone saw the release of One Night at Karazhan last month, which seems to have revived some interest in the game's esports scene. As we look towards Worlds, expect numbers to swing in Riot's favor more towards October.
ELEAGUE will also be ramping back up, so Counter-Strike should spike up there. Overwatch will be a game to watch in the coming months as well, as ELEAGUE's Overwatch Open will come to a close at the end of this month.