If you’re passionate about esports and all kinds of streams, your go-to destination is Twitch. Regardless of the esports, you like and tournament you follow, the action is always streamed on this platform. The ever-growing network allows people to connect with others based on their interests and get a closer insight into the world of esports, something that isn’t offered anywhere else to this extent. The biggest piece of evidence confirming the importance of Twitch comes in the form of stats and facts from 2017, for this year, we expect more and bigger eSports tournaments like the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational 2018 for League of Legends.
Streaming Year 2017 in Review
The best way to plan the future developments is to take a look back at the previous year and analyze everything you’ve accomplished. Twitch did the same, they analyzed activity on their platform throughout 2017 and published truly impressive statistics. According to the published data, Twitch had a total of 355 billion minutes watched in 2017. More than 15 million visitors were on this site each day throughout the year. That’s a staggering number, one has to admit. And with the 2018 League of Legends World Championship this year, certainly the numbers for Twitch will increase.
The platform ended 2017 with more than 2 million unique monthly broadcasters and about 150,000 affiliate and 27,000 affiliate streamers. Compared to 2016, the streamers’ income increased by 223%. The report also revealed that in 2017, more than 124 million clips were uploaded to Twitch. Not only is the platform generating views, subscriptions, and money but it also contributes to the society. According to the factsheet they published, over 30 million dollars were raised for charity in 2017.
The newly-revealed report also showed that 2017 was a massive year for Twitch in terms of record-breaking events. ELEAGUE’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Grand Final broke the 1 million concurrent viewers mark.
Records were also broken on individual channels. For example, Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok (League of Legends player) broke the record by having 245,000 concurrent views on his channel.
Yet another record-breaking event was the premiere of Bungie and Activision’s Destiny 2 which had 436,000 concurrent viewers. This was the biggest game premiere of the year.
Twitchcon 2017 witnessed 25% growth in attendee number compared to 2016. The event also saw participants from 60 countries.
Chat, extensions, top clip
All aspects of Twitch and everything this platform has to offer proved to be a great success in 2017. Even the chat was used more often than we think. According to the report, over 360 million chat messages were scanned per month. The machine-learning based chatbot on Twitch is very helpful and it allows creators to moderate behaviors in chat and prevent violations of any kind.
At this point, more than 100 extensions are available on Twitch, but in 2017 developers have registered to create more than 1700 extensions so there is a lot to come. The most popular extensions are:
- NBA G League extension
- The Game Awards 2017: Community Predicts
- Innkeeper: Advanced Hearthstone Overlay
The most watched clip on Twitch was uploaded by a user called JurrasicJunkieLive. The clip shows his daughter walk in on him while he was playing a scary game and it got more than 2.5 million views that made it the most watched clip of all time.
Top 10 games
Based on the minutes watched, top 10 games on Twitch included:
- Destiny 2
- For Honor
- Call of Duty WWII
- Friday the 13th
- The Legend of Zelda
- Resident Evil: Biohazard
Based on a report published by Twitch, 2017 was incredibly successful and chances are high the platform will finish 2018 with even greater achievements. The platform saw the rise in streams, users, creators, and so much more, but they also raised a lot of money for charity.
About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.