StreamElements: Twitch Viewership Grows As Streamers Play With One-armed Bandits

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StreamElements has released its monthly report for May, revealing the state of streaming for the past month. According to reports, Twitch and Facebook Gaming showed a slight increase in viewership. New streamers and stream categories are also disrupting the trends of the year.

The report gets its data from Rainmaker.gg, StreamElements’ analytics partner. While Twitch and Facebook Gaming have both seen year-to-date dips in viewership, this month they saw a slight increase. Twitch went from 1.782 billion hours watched in April to 1.808 billion hours watched, and Facebook Gaming went from 335 million to 350 million hours.

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Jason Krebs, CBO of StreamElements, said in a statement, “Over the past few months, viewing hours of live-streamed content have declined as the world has reopened. Yet even at its lowest point this year, viewership remained well above its pre-pandemic peak and established the medium as an essential vehicle for brands looking to connect with a larger audience. young. We are now seeing a slight increase in viewership which could signal a new baseline moving forward.

According to streaming category data, one particular genre has become more popular this month: slots. Rainmaker says watching slots has “become huge meta on Twitch,” which pushed one-armed bandits into the site’s top 10 categories. It just overtakes Call of Duty: Warzone to get 9th place. Naturally, these are virtual slot games, not real slots, which is a shame.

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