More People Streaming Twitch During the Coronavirus Crisis

As government lockdowns and fears of catching or spreading COVID-19 force people inside, many are turning to Twitch to stay entertained. In the last few months, the streaming site has seen more hours watched, hours streamed, and concurrent viewers than ever before.

Viewers are Spending More Time on Twitch

Between January and March 2020, people around the world watched a total of 3 billion hours of live video on Twitch. That’s almost 20% more than people watched on the site between October and December 2019 – and the most video people have ever watched in three months on Twitch.

By May 15, the number of hours watched in the last 90 days has grown to 4.3 billion, an increase of 60% over the previous 90 days. During that time, peak viewership on Twitch hit a high of 4.5 million people – 1.7 million more than peak viewership in the previous period.

An average of 1.43 million viewers used Twitch each day in March 2020, which is about 200,000 more viewers on the site than in March 2019. These viewers came for all kinds of content, from “Just Chatting” channels like HasanAbi and FEDMYSTER to streamers playing popular games like League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto V, and the closed demo for the upcoming Valorant.

Streamers are Making More Content on Twitch

People are also streaming more video than ever during the coronavirus crisis. Between January and March 2020, people streamed a total of 121 million hours of live video on Twitch – a 20% increase over October through December 2019. The number of hours streamed had been steadily decreasing in 2019, but lockdowns around the world reversed the trend in 2020.

The increase in hours streamed is due both to older channels streaming more content and more new channels joining the site. Almost 30,000 new streamers joined Twitch between February 15 and May 14, which is 60% more than joined between November 16 and February 14.

Other Streaming Sites are Also Gaining Popularity

While Twitch accounts for about 65% of total hours watched and 72% of total hours streamed, more people are also using other streaming sites like YouTube Gaming and Mixer. Viewers are spending about 14% more time watching streamers like PewDiePie on YouTube Gaming and spending about 15% more time watching streamers like Ninja and Shroud on Mixer.

In Rural Areas Many Struggle to Stream

During the coronavirus crisis, streaming is a way to have fun and interact with people without leaving the house. But in rural areas, many people are stuck sheltering in place without access to cable internet – only wireless options like satellite internet and fixed wireless internet.

To watch and stream videos on Twitch and other streaming sites, you need download and upload speeds of at least 5 Mbps. With an average download speed of 20 Mbps (4G LTE) to 34 Mbps (600 MHz 5G), an upload speed of 5 Mbps, and a latency of 35 milliseconds, fixed wireless internet is often the best internet solution for streaming Twitch in a rural area.

Stephen Kota

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