According to data compiled by Best Sport Betting Canada from Stream Charts, Twitch set a record for the most games streamed in a single month in December 2022.
Here are the highlights from the data.
- December Sets Twitch Record For Most Games Streamed (40,376)
- Active Twitch Channels Grow By 6% in December 2022
- Peak Twitch Channels Jump By 50% Month-Over-Month
- Peak Twitch Viewers Drop 22%, Hit Lowest Total Since August 2020
- Average Twitch Viewers Decline For Third Time In Last Four Months (6% Decline)
December Sets Twitch Record For Most Games Streamed
December 2022 set a Twitch record for the most games streamed on the platform in a single month. Twitch users streamed a whopping 40,376 games in December, up 5.42 percent from the previous month.
The jump marked the second-largest month-over-month increase in games streamed. August 2022 previously held the record after games streamed increased by 10.9% to 40,116 towards the end of the summer.
Active Twitch Channels Grow By 6% In December 2022
Following three consecutive down months, Twitch saw its active channels grow by 6% month over month in December.
Twitch set a record for active channels on the platform with over 5 million active channels in August but that number declined in September (-8%), October (-2%), and November (-1%).
Despite the recent drop, the number of active Twitch channels are still up nearly 25 percent compared to July and up nearly 14% since January.
Peak Twitch Channels Jump By 50% In December 2022
The online streaming platform enjoyed its best month of the year in December with the peak number of channels reaching 200,696, the highest total since December 2021.
December has historically been the best month for the metrics.
In fact, December has posted the highest peak number of channels of any month in each of the past three years dating back to 2020.
Peak Twitch Viewers Drop 22%, Hit Lowest Total Since August 2020
Following a strong November, the peak number of viewers on Twitch fell by 22 percent in December 2022.
In December, Twitch reached a peak of 4.13 million viewers, down from 5.31 million in November.
Not only was the mark the lowest number posted in any month during 2022 but it also represents the lowest total since August 2020.
The peak number of viewers reached an all-time high in June 2022 at 6.64 million.
Average Twitch Viewers Decline For Third Time In Last Four Months
The average number of Twitch viewers also declined in December 2022, falling 6% month-over-month to just 2.27 million.
The drop marked the third time in four months that the average number of Twitch viewers declined.
The total number of hours watched on the platform also fell by 3%.
Twitch YoY Growth Slows As Viewers (-7%), Channels (-13%), And Hours Watched (-6.7%) Decline In 2022
The data experts from Fair Betting Sites have analyzed the latest Twitch data from Stream Charts to generate insights following a challenging year in the online streaming industry.
While the average viewers per channel increased for the third consecutive year, the average Twitch viewers and Twitch channels were both down in 2022.
Here are the highlights from the data.
- Active Twitch Channels Grow By 6% in 2022
- Average Twitch Viewers Down 7% YoY
- Average Twitch Channels Drop By 13% in 2022
- Hours Watched Declines By 6.7% Compared To 2021
- Average Viewers Per Channel Increases For Third Straight Year
- Number of Games Streamed Sets Record, Jumps 18.4%
Active Twitch Channels Grow By 6% In 2022
The total number of active Twitch channels grew by 6% to 49,616,536 in 2022.
The positive growth is a continued step in the right direction for the online streaming platform, which saw a decline in several key metrics throughout the year.
Twitch set a then-record for active channels in 2021, eclipsing 66.7 million last year, an increase of 24.86% year-over-year.
The new mark of 49.6 million active channels sets an all-time high for the streaming company.
Average Twitch Viewers Down 7% YoY
Data from Stream Charts indicates that the average number of Twitch viewers plummeted to 30.9 million in 2022, a fall of more than 7%.
The downturn marks the first decline in average Twitch viewers since Stream Charts started gathering data back in 2018.
Average Twitch Channels Drop By 13% In 2022
The average number of Twitch channels fell for the first time in company history this year, falling 13.1% compared to 2021.
Twitch had an average of 1.09 million channels online in December, erasing some of the gains made over the past year.
The online streaming giant saw its average number of channels grow by 133.7% to 1.04 million in 2020 and followed that up with another strong 19.9 percent gain in 2021.
Hours Watched Declines By 6.7% Compared To 2021
Twitch users watched a total of 22.4 billion hours of streaming content on the platform in 2022, down 6.7% compared to 2021.
The online streaming platform saw its total number of hours watched nearly double in 2020, when Twitch users watched 18.5 billion hours of content, up 87.9% YoY.
Users followed that by watching a record-setting 24 billion hours of streaming content in 2021, a healthy 29.6% increase from the year prior.
Average Viewers Per Channel Increases For Third Straight Year
The average number of viewers per Twitch channel jumped by nearly two viewers per channel to 28.4 in 2022, marking the third consecutive year of positive growth.
In 2019, the average Twitch channel received approximately 31 viewers but that number dropped by 22% year-over-year, down to just 24 viewers per channel in 2020.
Since then, the average number of viewers per Twitch channel has grown by 17.1%.
Number Of Games Streamed Jumps 18.4%
According to data from Stream Charts, there were 441,569 games streamed on the platform, up 18.4% compared to 2021, when just 373,083 games were streamed on Twitch.
Not only was 2022 the highest mark ever recorded, but it also represented the biggest year-over-year increase since Stream Charts started collecting the data in 2019.