Twitch and Facebook Gaming can do nothing but watch as their viewership numbers decline for a third straight month. With COVID-19 restrictions easing around the world, people are leaving their homes again, and thus their computers.
“Based on what we are seeing across livestreaming platforms, viewing habits are starting to revert to what they were pre-pandemic as the world opens up again for travel, events, and gatherings,” said Jason Krebs, CBO of StreamElements. “Even with the decline, so many creators, viewers, and brands were exposed to the appeal of the medium that even the lowest month in the future will likely be above the highest month in the past before the pandemic started.”
A quick comparison of the first four months of 2020 to 2022, shows total hours watched have increased 64% on Twitch and over 118% on Facebook Gaming.
Twitch’s viewership numbers went from around 1.6 billion to 1.8 billion hours watched, while Facebook’s numbers climbed from just under 300 million to well around 320 million hours watched from April 2020 to April 2022.
Unfortunately for both companies, those numbers are now on the decline. But despite the drop, neither have regressed to their pre-pandemic levels.
(All information was provided by Dot Esports)