The Best Twitch Channels of 2016

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The Company Channels

Last, but certainly not least, are the honorable mentions - the company or competitive organization streams themselves.

The biggest draw of Twitch for a long time running, the actual competitive match showcases of League of Legends (via riotgames), DOTA 2 (via starladder1 and beyondthesummit), CS:GO (ESL CS:GO), and even up and coming contender SMITE (now on hireztv, formerly smitegame) are the big draws to the stream platform.

If tuning into our favorite streamers across the network to watch between classes, or enjoy while we grind through work is quickly becoming "the new TV", these are the Pay Per View level events - the new Heavyweight Champs, the virtual Superbowls.

Occupying slots 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, and 16 by themselves (not even mentioning countless other slots for alternate-language channels run by the same companies), Twitch.tv might be where anybody can become somebody, but at the end of the day, numbers don't lie.

This isn't Youtube. We're not here to watch the Green brothers. We're here for the big shows. The main events. The star attractions.

We're here for the games.

Or are we? What was your favorite Twitch channel of 2016? Be sure to let us know in the comments below if we missed your favorite stream!

Published Dec. 12th 2016
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