Twitch and Facebook Gaming have both enjoyed marked increases in viewership, as the global pandemic shutdown keeps people home…
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a strange effect in daily life in more ways than one. For instance, robocalls have been down by approximately 50 percent because stay at home orders resulted in empty callback centers. Lock downs have also caused a surge in streaming entertainment, including gaming. In fact, Twitch viewership grew to 5 billion hours between April and June.
Twitch, Facebook Gaming Experience Viewership Bumps during Pandemic Quarantines
That’s not all. Not only is Twitch viewership up more than 50 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020, it’s also risen over 60 percent in the same three month period of 2019, according to StreamElements and Arsenal.gg. Moreover, the entire live-streaming industry viewership experienced a 45 percent jump during March and April.
Facebook Gaming enjoyed a 75 percent increase in a quarter over quarter comparison and a whopping 200 percent year-over-year. While these are impressive figures, put in context, they aren’t as grand considering the fact that Facebook Gaming’s audience is only about 1/5th of the size of Twitch in terms of hours watched.
Regardless, the numbers substantiate what most people would expect occurred during the quarantines and work-from-home environments.