If you're a fan of streaming, the chances are you've heard of and probably watch a lot of content on Twitch, which is where a ton of games are shared, and Twitch has now provided a press release reflecting on the year they've had, meaning we can find out what was hot this year on potentially the world's biggest streaming platform.
Some of the biggest games include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (the Blackout mode of which was particularly popular), as well as 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 portfolio of partner and affiliate streamers increased by more than 86% this year compared to last year, including over 248,000 streamers. Speaking of which, there were about two million streamers as a whole each month in 2017, increasing to three million this year, with around 500,000 on average going live every day. In fact, at any one time over one million people are online on Twitch on average.
This year the community watched over 434 billion minutes of content on the platform, and it'll come as no surprise to hear that Fortnite streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins is the most successful, being helped in no small part by events like his competition in Las Vegas as well as pairing up with Drake.
Eleague's CS:GO Major competition and E3 were also highlights of the year in terms of viewership, and charity streams generated $40 million USD more than 2017 too, sitting at $130 million.
Just last week we reported on YouTube's figures for 2018 as well, where 50 billion hours of gaming was watched, so it's safe to say that watching games and streamers isn't going to decrease in popularity any time soon. With games like Fortnite also amassing a huge following themselves, it looks to only increase in the next year.
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