Twitch, the popular streaming platform, has seen some serious growth across a number of key metrics in 2018.
According to a data set provided to SludgeFeed, the number of monthly streamers grew from 2 million in 2017 to more than 3 million in 2018, with nearly half “going live” every single day.
Of the added streamers, 248,000 gained Affiliate status and more than 7,800 became Twitch Partners. In total, the number of Partner and Affiliate streamers who can generate revenue on Twitch grew more than 86% from 2017 to 2018.
According to Twitch, the top 10 new releases of 2018 based on minutes watched were Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Monster Hunter World, Sea of Thieves, FIFA 19, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Realm Royale, Dragon Ball Fighterz, Far Cry 5, and Detroit: Become Human.
The average number of viewers at any given moment in 2018 was more than 1 million, with total overall minutes watched increasing to 434 billion YTD. Fueling this viewership has been a number of major esports and gaming influencer streams.
The ELEAGUE’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Grand Final match set a record with over 1 million concurrent viewers on a single organization’s channel. As we previously reported, an impressive 60% of Twitch esports viewers have been following esports for four or more years. This is compared to the general U.S. esports fanbase, where around 20% of viewers have been following esports that long.
Ninja set the all-time record for highest concurrent viewership on an individual’s channel in March where he was joined by Drake and attracted over 628,000 concurrent viewers. However, E3 takes the crown for highest concurrent viewership with more than 2.9 million tuning in earlier this year, surpassing the previous record set in January 2018 of 2.5 million.
While Twitch is facing increasing competition from the likes of Microsoft’s Mixer and Facebook Gaming, it looks like its dominance continues to grow as more gamers adopt streaming.