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Twitch Rivals – Complete Overview

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Twitch Rivals events are contests where some of the most popular streamers on the platform compete in tournament-like multi-day events to battle for large prize pools. Oftentimes, these events are organized in a team setting, or with group stages before a playoff in individual tournaments.

One of the biggest draws to Twitch Rivals is also its tournaments in languages other than English, as Twitch hosts contests in Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, and Korean, among other languages.

Twitch Rivals Games

One of the main appeals to Twitch Rivals is the variety of games that make an appearance, and with over 100 events scheduled in 2021, there’s a good chance there will be a tournament that appeals to you. In addition to different individual games, Twitch Rivals spans tons of different genres, with some of the most popular being party games, first-person shooters, and strategy games.

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    Among Us

    One of the most-watched Twitch Rivals games from last year was the incredibly popular Among Us tournament hosted by Hafu, who is one of the top streamers on the platform. In addition to this, Twitch Rivals has hosted an impressive 16 Among Us tournaments since November 2020. Some other party and miscellaneous games that had, and continue to have, events built around them are Fall Guys and Minecraft, two of the most popular games of 2020.

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    Shooters

    In addition to this, Twitch Rivals has hosted a variety of both tactical and battle royale shooter tournaments Some of the tactical shooters they have featured include Valorant, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch. While tactical shooters are fairly popular, battle royale games make up the majority of shooter-based Twitch Rivals tournaments. Some of the games featured include Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

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    Chess

    Recently, a chess craze has taken over Twitch and of course, this led to a Twitch Rivals chess tournament in early March, with two more scheduled in April. Outside of Chess’ recent dominance on Twitch, Dota 2 Auto Chess has been another popular Twitch Rivals category, as well as card games such as Hearthstone and Magic: the Gathering.

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    League of Legends

    Of course, no Twitch Rivals list would be complete without the inclusion of one of the most popular games of all time, League of Legends. League is a mainstay of the Twitch Rivals channel, alongside other MOBAs such as the incredibly popular Dota 2. Outside of MOBA games, MMOs such as World of Warcraft get regular tournaments as well.

Twitch Rivals Participants

Twitch Rivals participants almost always include those that are popular in certain communities, as well as popular Twitch streamers overall. For example, the most recent “Hand and Brain” chess tournament featured teams of two, with one player being a streamer popular in a category other than chess, and the other a professional chess player. Many Twitch rivals tournaments attempt to do things similar to this format, with established players in a given scene bringing in regular viewers for their game, and other, more popular streamers from different scenes bringing in new viewers.

Among Us was one of the first games in Twitch Rivals that brought the most popular community members together under the same category, with the first Hafu tournament bringing in names such as Ludwig, Trainwreckstv, Pokimane, Daktoaz, and of course, the titular itsHafu. Other games, such as Minecraft, featured much larger casts, and some incredibly notable names in Mizkif, erobb221, and BotezLive.

GlitchCon Events

At Twitch’s online TwitchCon event this year, GlitchCon, Twitch Rivals hosted a series of Super Team Showdown events, which were massive tournaments featuring creators from all over the platform. This consisted of a tournament with a Fortnite, Valorant, League of Legends, and Fall Guys section, with many notable streamers competing. This was likely the most high-profile Twitch Rivals event so far, with names such as xQcOW, Ninja, DrLupo, Lilypichu, and Pokimane all competing. This event was one of the highlights of GlitchCon, and it is very likely that similar tournaments will take place at future TwitchCons.

How to Watch Twitch Rivals

The main way that Twitch Rivals is broadcasted is through its official twitch channel. In addition to this, viewers can go visit the Twitch Rivals website to learn more about the events, keep up to date with important announcements, and even purchase Twitch Rivals merch.

On the site, viewers can also learn more about the streamers participating in events, and check out the upcoming events scheduled. The final resource viewers may want to turn to is a useful tool to organize esports tournaments through Twitch, or view more detailed results of past Twitch Rivals tournaments.

Conclusion

While the hardcore esports tournament scene may be hard to get into for some more casual viewers, Twitch Rivals helps by combining the competitive side of esports with the fun, comfy sensation that comes with watching your favorite streamer.

It is also a fantastic way to learn more about communities you may not be a part of, and explore new games in a way that few events allow viewers to do. As always, have fun, stay safe, and I’ll catch you on the flip.

About the Author

Rick

Rick is a full-time student majoring in English and Political Science and also streams variety games at YoshikikiTV. He's passionate about journalism and enjoys bringing a competitive spirit and energetic approach to normally slow-paced games.

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