Twitch is still the king of game streaming, but YouTube and Facebook keep getting bigger

If you plan to watch somebody streaming a videogame, you’re probably going to do it on Twitch. There’s no doubt that Amazon’s streaming service is the biggest name in the space, and all its competitors have a lot of catching up to do – but a new report on the state of streaming puts hard numbers on where all the services stand.

In the second quarter of 2019, viewers watched roughly 3.8 billion hours worth of game streams across the four biggest platforms, according to a breakdown from StreamElements. Twitch viewers watched 2.7 billion hours, YouTube streaming viewers tuned in for 736 million, while Facebook Gaming and Mixer round out the numbers with 198 million and 112 million hours viewed, respectively.

That means Twitch has 72.2% viewer share, while YouTube has 19.5%, Facebook has 5.3%, and Mixer has 3%. Facebook overtook the third place spot from Mixer this quarter, and while their positions are both way behind the top two services, hundreds of millions of hours watched certainly make for some notable statistics.

YouTube hit a new record in May, with 284 million hours viewed – the biggest month for the platform so far. YouTube Live was already showing impressive growth in the previous quarter, as Q1 2019 had grown 35% over Q1 2018.

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This report also backs up earlier data breakdowns suggesting that Fortnite’s viewership is shrinking. However, this one still ranks Fortnite above League of Legends, despite previous reports saying that the MOBA was back on top of the Twitch charts – suggesting that there’s always a bit of unreliability to these numbers.

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