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45 Million unique viewers a month tune into Twitch in 2013

Twitch has released a retrospective for 2013 including 45 million viewers for the year, and an average of 900,000 broadcasters per month.

Twitch has released an extensive retrospective on their 2013 year including some previously unavailable numbers, which features new monthly records in a variety of categories. This includes 12,000,000,000 minutes watched per month, over 45 million unique viewers per month, 900,000 broadcasters per month, and 6,000,000 total videos broadcast per month. 5,100 of those broadcasters are partners, and minutes watched and videos broadcast have doubled since 2012, with unique viewers up from 20 million in 2012. Twitch users watch on average 106 minutes of content per day.

68% of Twitch users have decreased watching TV to focus on their Online gaming entertainment and 58% of the 45 million unique monthly viewers spend more than 20 hours per week on Twitch. The average user on Twitch is 21-years old and spends their time in four main activities: 99% watch live streams, 61% chat with community, 38% watch video highlights, and 25% of users broadcast gameplay.

“When video game historians look back on gaming a decade from now, 2013 will be the year they cite as the tipping point of streaming,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “Every major event, publisher, developer, and media outlet in the gaming industry had a presence on Twitch, and streaming became an ever-present piece of the gaming experience. And it’s only going to get bigger.

League of Legends, Dota 2, and StarCraft 2 were the three most watched games on Twitch in 2013. League of Legends and Dota 2 are up 258% and 508%, respectively, in average monthly minutes watched compared to 2012.

Twitch's report says they reach more viewers per week than the viewership of Breaking Bad, Tosh.O, and the NFL Pre-season combined. Twitch also boasts that it's users consume more content on the site on average than those of Hulu, MTV, and Vevo.

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Edited by lilopuppy


Edited by Slyvanna

Twitch's report says they reach more viewers per week than the viewership of Breaking Bad, Tosh.O, and the NFL Pre-season combined. Twitch also boasts that it's users consume more content on the site on average than those of Hulu, MTV, and Vevo.

Well they would be right, but comparing shows that last for ~20mins to ~1hour vs a gamer who would stream for 6+hours is a bit unfair. They're defo on the rise though, and expect even bigger numbers this year and years to come *duh*

Edited by KMAC

First of all: Praise be to Kappa.

On the topic: I absolutely have decreased my viewing of regular tv and watch almost EXCLUSIVELY Twitch content in its place.

No bullshit. In my case it is absolutely true. While I am a big TV buff as of late, aside from a few shows I love that (which I mainly watch online via services such as Netflix/HBOGO/etc), some movies (which I only watch on streaming), and live NBA games? I almost exclusively watch content now.

The past few months I have a Twitch stream open on my TV more frequently than anything other kind of video entertainment. And I'm just talking about my TV there, not my computer monitors. I have two monitors, so when I'm gaming, I have my game on one screen while getting my fix of pro games on the other! Otherwise there's simply no point of having a second monitor while I'm playing some dota if I'm not watching Alliance and Navi go at it when I'm dead (not kidding).

Furthermore, I frequently leave a Twitch stream running in the background on either the TV or second monitor in much the same way I used to leave TV shows idling while I would do other stuff.

Twitch isn't without faults. Kappa be praised, but there definitely is a lot to be desired and perfected on Twitch. The biggest example by far is the network issues and the lag: while it is no longer prevalent on every stream like it was for awhile a few weeks back (for about a month every stream lagged to the point where many were not viewable), it still seems to be the biggest obstacle to overcome. Yes, Twitch has done a LOT to improve this, a LOT. I haven't forgotten this. I also am aware that many of such problems are a result of how people stream and view from all over the world, how the network and servers are set up, etc, etc. But although there is a reason for the doesn't mean it isn't a problem There are other issues with Twitch, but a discussion for another time to be had with Twitch's think tank (which of course consists solely of Dondi Faces (no spaces)).

Despite its shortcomings, however, over the past several months Twitch and the content therein has become by far my favorite thing to watch .

If all of the information Twitch has released is on point, and there truthfully are many others like me who also have given up regular TV in favor of Twitch content, I wonder what the next step is. 45 million consistent unique viewers is a lottttttttttt. And if those 45 million viewers are mainly (or in some instances, only) consuming Twitch media.............damn.

Praise be to Kappa!