Twitch ended 2020 with its greatest numbers ever
Twitch had a great 2020. Occasions had been digital; folks stayed inside. The live-streaming website managed to clock 17 billion hours watched final yr, which is a full 83 p.c greater than 2019’s 9 billion, in accordance with the newest report from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg. The soar wasn’t restricted to Twitch; Fb Gaming and YouTube Gaming additionally posted their finest numbers ever final yr.
“Twitch, YouTube, and Fb all skilled main jumps in viewership site visitors, which incorporates Twitch hitting 3 back-to-back milestones from October to December to finish with a document excessive of 1.7B hours watched in that ultimate month,” writes Doron Nir, CEO of StreamElements. For YouTube, that meant 10 billion watch hours in 2020; Fb Gaming hit 3.59 billion, a soar of 166 p.c.
The pandemic gave live-streaming its finest yr ever. Streamers turned family names and made waves within the press. The obstacles between gaming and the remainder of the web appeared to interrupt open, particularly with the runaway success of video games like Fall Guys and, crucially, Amongst Us (although neither sport broke into Twitch’s prime 10 most-watched checklist by the top of the yr).
In all probability crucial streaming second final yr occurred when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined a few of the stars in Twitch’s firmament to play some cheeky video games of Amongst Us. Her stream broke site-wide data: Ocasio-Cortez peaked at 435,000 viewers, which is sweet sufficient for the fifth largest particular person stream of all time on Twitch. It’ll be thrilling to see what occurs to streaming in 2021.
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