Friday 17 January 2020

Rivals gain on Amazon's Twitch streaming site

Twitch.tv, where people go to watch other people play games
Twitch.tv, where people go to watch other people play games

Olga Kharif

In a warning shot to Amazon's Twitch, long the leader among sites where people watch others play games, Facebook Gaming grew the fastest among such platforms in streamed hours watched in December.

The Facebook channel's market share rose to 8.5pc of all streaming hours watched last month, up from 3.1pc in December 2018, according to a report from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg. Alphabet's YouTube Gaming and Microsoft's Mixer increased their shares slightly as well. While it lost market share, Twitch increased its total hours watched last month, as its non-gaming content gained momentum.

"Facebook will become a meaningful contender in this category by 2021," said Doron Nir, CEO of StreamElements.

"They've a shot at becoming number one or two in this category in a few years."

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Twitch's share of hours watched declined to 61pc from 67.1pc in December 2018, the report found.

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