The popularity and emergence of on-line streaming companies have helped the expansion of esports on this period, and are the most common method of watching tournaments. Twitch, an internet streaming platform launched in 2011, routinely streams popular esports competitions. In 2013, viewers of the platform watched 12 billion minutes of video on the service, with the 2 most popular Twitch broadcasters being League of Legends and Dota 2. During in the future of The International, Twitch recorded 4.5 million distinctive views, with every viewer watching for an average of two hours.

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