Due to coronavirus-related lockdowns being enforced in multiple countries, Twitch has surpassed three billion hours watched in Q1.
Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet recently announced their quarterly Live Streaming Industry Report, which shows Twitch has broken a large amount of viewership records since January. Alongside Twitch, new figures for YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming and Mixer were also released.
Streamlabs Live Streaming Industry Report is live!
— Streamlabs (@streamlabs) April 2, 2020
Twitch has seen the most progress in its numbers since its launch in 2011. Compared to Q4 of 2019, the streaming site has seen a 17% increase in hours watched, surpassing three billion hours watched on the platform for the first time.
In terms of number of hours streamed on the platform in Q1, this has bounced back following a slow decline throughout 2019, with an increase of 20% in comparison with the previous quarter. The number sits at an all-time high of 121 million hours streamed.
YouTube Gaming has also seen a large increase in hours watched compared to last quarter, with a 13% increase, following the announcement back in January that all Activison Blizzard Esports, including Overwatch League and Call of Duty League, will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube. Concurrent viewership also saw a sharp increase of 15.5% compared to Q4 of 2019.
Across other streaming platforms, Facebook Gaming has also seen positive increases across the board, with a 11% increase in the number of hours streamed, whereas Mixer has seen its figures both increase and decease in some areas. Mixer’s total hours watched decreased by 7.3% compared to the previous quarter.
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