Twitch viewership noticeably dropped when streamers took a day off in protest

By CreatorStack · 2 months ago

Streamers took a day off Twitch on September 1st to bring attention to the persistent hate raids that have plagued the platform in the past weeks. While skeptics panned the idea, suggesting that the walkout participants weren’t influential enough to effect significant traffic changes, according to data compiled by Gamesight, a gaming analytics company, Twitch did see a drop in viewership.

In this graph shared with The Verge, Gamesight measured the number of active channels (meaning the number of live channels) and hours watched every day for the last nine days at noon Pacific Time. According to Gamesight’s data, the number of active channels and viewer hours at 12PM PT on September 1st was at its lowest compared to the prior eight days. Here’s a breakdown of those numbers.

Daily Figures for Viewer Hours & Channels (Pacific Time)

8/24 noon - Viewer Hours - 4,083,518 - Channels - 189,472

8/25 noon - Viewer Hours - 4,441,477 - Channels - 185,955

8/26 noon - Viewer Hours - 4,243,226 - Channels - 185,268

8/27 noon - Viewer Hours - 3,999,300 - Channels - 192,559

8/28 noon - Viewer Hours - 4,566,239 - Channels - 195,197

8/29 noon - Viewer Hours - 4,440,355 - Channels - 198,900

8/30 noon - Viewer Hours - 4,202,554 - Channels - 184,759

8/31 noon - Viewer Hours - 4,340,980 - Channels - 176,586

9/1 noon - Viewer Hours - 3,456,576 - Channels - 171,682

Looking at the raw numbers, it’s easy to see the dip. If you compare September 1st’s data with the Wednesday previous, that day had almost 1 million fewer hours watched and over 14,000 fewer live channels than just the week before.

But there are additional factors that could have contributed to the dip. DrLupo and TimTheTatman — both popular streamers — announced they were leaving Twitch for exclusive streaming deals with YouTube Gaming. Schools in the US are back in session, and Gamescom likely inflated last week’s numbers. Another streamer data analytics team, CreatorHype, took all of those parameters into account and still reported that Twitch’s viewership was down.