Due to the pandemic that hit in 2020, both Twitch and Facebook Gaming saw a massive uptick in streaming hours watched. According to a new report put out by StreamElements and Rainmaker.gg. People were at home more and needed something to do to fill their time.
Early on the pandemic didn’t allow for much travel (even locally) thanks to lockdown orders, which made it a lot easier to stay home and check out any number of livestreams on Twitch for Facebook Gaming.
Both streaming websites did very well last year. Although Twitch is still the larger platform by a wide margin.
Both Twitch and Facebook Gaming average 80% increase during the pandemic
Over the last year, both streaming platforms saw a very big increase in hours watched. Worth mentioning is that the numbers are based on Year-over-Year.
So that’s the number of streaming hours watched at this time compared to the same time last year. According to the report, both Twitch and Facebook Gaming saw an increase of about 80% on average. On an individual level, Twitch saw an increase in this particular statistic by about 82%. While Facebook Gaming saw an increase of 78%.
For Facebook Gaming, which was one of the smaller platforms prior to the Mixer shutdown, that translated to about 345 million hours watched. Compared to this time last year which was 193 million hours watched.
For Twitch, the bump took it from around 1 billion hours watched to almost 2 billion, specifically 1.86 billion.
Viewership numbers aren’t expected to go back down to last year’s figures
The momentum may or may not continue to increase. But one thing that StreamElements seems confident of is that viewership numbers aren’t expected to decrease back down to the lower figures that were present last year.
In other words it expects people to continue watching more gaming livestreams on both of these platforms. Even if they don’t continue to increase beyond the YoY numbers. They could and likely will stay higher than they were last year.
While the numbers may not decrease to what they were at this time last year, it’s quite likely that as more people get vaccinated and are more safely able to spend more time away from home, the watch hours will go down somewhat.
What will be interesting is whether or not Facebook Gaming is able to keep enough popularity to help its watch hours grow past YouTube Gaming. Which has been the second largest platform behind Twitch for some time.
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