People spent much less time watching gaming streams this spring, report says

According to the latest Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet on the live streaming landscape, the number of hours streamed and watched across Germany has decreased significantly in the last year. Between April and June, streamers were live for 273 million hours across the three platforms. That is 19.4 percent less than in the second quarter of 2021 and 12 percent less than in the previous quarter.

Viewers tuned in to 7.36 billion hours of streams across the three platforms last quarter. That’s down 18.1 percent year-on-year (viewership was 8.99 billion hours in the second quarter of 2021) and 8.4 percent quarter-on-quarter. The slowdown for all three platforms could be due to people spending more time outdoors than last year due to pandemic-related reasons.

Twitch remains by far the largest player among the three platforms, with 76.7 percent market share in terms of hours watched (5.64 billion) and 92.7 percent in hours streamed (204.2 million). Those numbers were down 13.4 percent and 16 percent from the second quarter of 2021. The number of unique channels streaming on the platform also fell by nearly 2 million to 9.6 million.

However, the Just Chatting Twitch category is going from strength to strength. The hours watched there even rose by 2.2 percent compared to the previous quarter, giving the category the highest number of viewers of all time. The most watched categories after that were (465 million hours) and (464 million).

YouTube Gaming viewership actually remained stable quarter-on-quarter, although down 13.1 percent from the second quarter of 2021 to 1.13 billion hours. The total number of hours streamed fell 9.6 percent year-on-year to 8.05 million.

Facebook Gaming suffered a major setback, according to the report, despite Meta’s efforts to take the creators to court. The number of hours viewed fell by a whopping 51 percent to 580 million compared to the previous year. Hours streamed saw an even bigger drop from 20.8 million in the second quarter of 2021 to 7.9 million last quarter — a 62 percent drop.

But maybe we’ll see some of those numbers again soon. With a recession looming, people may be spending more time indoors again and tuning back into streamers they enjoyed watching in the first 18 months or so after COVID-19 hit.

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