StreamElements: mobile games are growing on YouTube but not on Twitch

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StreamElements released its latest monthly report, covering the state of streaming in June. According to this report, YouTube Gaming and Twitch are beginning to diverge in content types. Additionally, while Twitch’s numbers fluctuate slightly, Facebook Gaming is on the rise.

According to data from Rainmaker.gg, StreamElements’ analytics partner, Twitch is still in the lead when it comes to live streaming. Its numbers are down somewhat – from 1.8 billion hours watched in May to 1.7 billion in June. But the numbers have dwindled somewhat all year, in part because viewers are starting to venture out again. Facebook Gaming, of all things, is seeing a big jump: from 350 million hours watched in May to 425 million hours watched in June.

YouTube Gaming is still behind Twitch in live streaming content, but it does well on its own. Curiously, it seems that one of the differences between the two services is that YouTube Gaming shows a preference for mobile games. The top 10 on YouTube includes games like Garena Free Fire, Battlegrounds Mobile India, and Mobile Legends Bang Bang. None of these games are on Twitch’s top 10 games list.

Other changes include the growing popularity of VTubers on YouTube. Two VTubers, Kuzuha and Kanae, broke into the top 10 YouTube streamers list. On Twitch, streamer ibai narrowly edged out xQc for the top spot, thanks to his recent La Velada Del Año II boxing event. It set a viewership record on Twitch with around 3.5 million concurrent viewers during the event.

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Robert P. Miller