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Gaming streams are being watched by people for less time

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It seems that people are losing interest in watching online gaming videos. According to the latest Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet report on the landscape of livestreaming last year The number of hours streamed and watched across Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming have dropped significantly.


The Report by Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet Q2 2022 Live Streaming Report


The report says , "Last quarter, we began to see growth on Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming begin to slow down. This quarter, that trend continues, with all three platforms seeing a decline in growth compared to the previous quarter.


Twitch continues to be the largest live streaming platform, with 5.64 billion hours watched and 9.6 million unique channels streaming on the platform. Despite the decrease in growth, Just Chatting reached its highest quarterly hours watched with 828 million hours.


Key Takeaways:

  1. Hours watched across all platforms decreased by 8.4% compared to the previous quarter.
  2. Hours streamed across all platforms decreased by 12% compared to the previous quarter.
  3. Just Chatting experienced its highest ever hours watched.
  4. Riot Games was the most watched publisher."


The Drop


According to Engadget, "Viewers tuned in to streams for 7.36 billion hours across the three platforms last quarter. That's a drop of 18.1 percent year over year (viewership was at 8.99 billion hours in Q2 2021) and 8.4 percent from the previous quarter. The slowdown for all three platforms could be a case of people spending more time outside than they did last year for pandemic-related reasons."


They added, "However, Twitch's Just Chatting category continues to go from strength to strength. Hours watched there actually grew by 2.2 percent from the previous quarter, giving the category its highest ever viewership. The most-watched categories after that were Grand Theft Auto V (465 million hours) and League of Legends (464 million)."



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