Twitch is one of the biggest names when it comes to live streaming. Particularly in the gaming industry. The average Twitch user can spend all day watching live gaming and other types of content.
But how well do you know this live streaming platform?
In this post, we’re sharing the best Twitch stats to help you understand the platform’s growth over the years.
We’ll be looking at how many people use Twitch, how much money Twitch makes, and other growth related stats.
Let’s get started:
Twitch statistics – Editor’s picks
- There are 2.5+ million Twitch viewers on the platform each month. (Twitch)
- 79.68% of Twitch users are male. (SimilarWeb)
- Amazon bought Twitch for $970 million in cash back in 2014. (BBC)
- Ninja is one of the biggest Twitch streamers with 16.8 million followers. (Twitch Followers)
- 47% said they prefer watching live streams on Twitch than on YouTube Gaming. (Statista)
Key Twitch statistics
What’s the average number of daily active users on Twitch? How many total visits does it usually get?
If you’re curious about Twitch views, streaming hours, and similar data, these stats will definitely be of interest to you.
Over 2.5 million users are on Twitch at any given time.
According to Twitch, there are 2.5+ million Twitch users on the platform at any given time. This translates to over 31 million daily Twitch users visiting the site every day.
There are as many as 8 million unique Twitch streamers that go live on the streaming platform every month.
Twitch is dominated with male users at 79.68%.
79.68% of Twitch users are male. That means only 20.32% of Twitch users are female.
Twitch stats reveal that 37.03% of its users are 18 to 24 years old. That’s the majority of the streaming platform’s user base. 32.10% are 25 to 34 year olds. 15.09% are aged 35 to 44. 8.24% are in the 45 to 54 range. 4.69% are 55 to 64 while 2.85% are 65 and older.
Since January 2016 Twitch Partners have been on the rise, increasing from 13,360 to 35,335 as of May 2022.
As of May 2022, there are 35,335 Twitch Partners and 983,471 Twitch Affiliates on the streaming platform.
That is quite a leap from January 2016 when there was only 13,360 Twitch Partners and 74,399 Affiliates. Twitch has been on the rise in terms of Partners and Affiliates since.
Source: Sully Gnome
There were between 3.4 and 4.1 million active channels between January and May 2022.
From January and May 2022, the number of active channels fluctuated between 3,495,364 and 4,156,635.
It’s also worth pointing out that the hours watched for the same period are at least 1.8 billion.
Source: Stream Charts
Twitch gets about 1.2 billion visits per month.
Estimates reveal that Twitch gets about 1.2 billion visits per month.
21.43% of its traffic comes from the United States. Twitch viewership is also coming from countries like Germany (6.75%), South Korea (4.92%), France (4.27%), and Russia (4.24%).
Amazon purchased Twitch in 2014 for $970 million.
Amazon purchased Twitch for $970 million in cash. In 2014, when the platform was purchased, Twitch had 55 million unique monthly users.
Twitch statistics for gaming
Live gaming streams recently got popular because people were stuck at home with nothing to do. That’s why Twitch’s average viewers shot up.
But what are the trending games on the platform? And which streamers should we keep our eyes on?
Let’s find out.
Just Chatting is the most popular “game.”
While technically not a game, Just Chatting is the biggest Twitch category with over 266 million hours watched in the last 30 days (May to June 2022).
The most-watched game is League of Legends with 132+ million hours watched during the same period. The third most-watched game is Grand Theft Auto 5 with 110+ million hours watched.
Other top contenders include:
- Valorant (95+ million hours watched)
- CS GO (74+ million hours watched)
- Apex Legends (64+ million hours watched)
- Fortnite (54+ million hours watched)
- Slots (43+ million hours watched)
- Dota 2 (43+ million hours watched)
- Call of Duty: Warzone (31+ million hours watched)
- Minecraft (29+ million hours watched)
Source: Streams Charts
The biggest Twitch streamer is Ninja with over 16.8 million followers.
Ninja AKA Richard Blevins has one of the biggest—if not the biggest—Twitch channels with 16.8 million followers. 11 million of which are active subscribers.
In second place is TFue (Turner Ellis Tenney) with 10.4 million Twitch followers. Shroud (Michael Grzesiek) has 9.3 million Twitch followers.
Source: Twitch Followers
The Twitch channel that has the highest all-time peak active subscriptions is Ludwig with over 283k subscriptions.
Ludwig has the Twitch channel with the most active subscriptions at its peak at 283,066 Twitch subscribers.
Ninja comes second at 269,154 subscriptions. Ironmouse is third at 171,818 subscriptions.
Source: Twitch Tracker
Competitors vs Twitch statistics
What makes Twitch special compared to other platforms? And which platform has the most concurrent viewers?
This section holds all of the answers.
Twitch increased its users throughout the pandemic.
Both Twitch and Facebook Gaming increased their users during the pandemic. They even doubled their viewership, in fact.
Facebook Gaming rose by 117% year-over-year in 2021 compared to January 2020. Meanwhile, Twitch viewership rose by 112% during the same period.
January 2021 Twitch stats also showed that the platform exceeded 2 billion hours watched. In comparison, Facebook Gaming increased its hours watched by 439 million.
Twitch beats YouTube Gaming when it comes to preference over watching live streams.
For gamers in the United States, most would rather catch a live gaming stream on Twitch than on YouTube Gaming. 47% said they’d watch on Twitch while 40% watched game streams on YouTube Gaming.
Only 16% watched game streams on Facebook Gaming. 14% preferred using Discord.
When Mixer fell almost everyone went to Twitch.
After Mixer collapsed, many of its streamers jumped ship to Twitch. That’s the reason why Twitch had 91.1% of all total hours live-streamed in 2020.
YouTube Gaming only managed to get 5.5% while Facebook only had 3.4% during the same period.
Source: Geek Wire
Twitch statistics sources
That wraps up our deep-dive into Twitch statistics.
With well over 3 million active channels and close to 1 million affiliates, it appears that Twitch is here to stay. But while Twitch is heavily dominated by gaming streamers, other types of streaming content can do well.
For example, it’s becoming more popular in the music industry. With more and more artists beginning to use the platform to stream performances and rehearsals.