Twitch Holiday Spectacular Show Provides Retrospective Look at 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – December 14, 2018 – Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, today livestreamed the Twitch Holiday Spectacular, a special edition of Twitch Weekly that featured guests from the community and highlighted big moments and milestones from 2018.

"We love celebrating the community and their achievements. It's their dedication and passion that have made for a record-setting year on Twitch," said Kate Jhaveri, Chief Marketing Officer, Twitch. "Our role is to support everyone who helps create the live, interactive and shared entertainment that makes Twitch so unique and we'll keep that focus in 2019 with more tools, opportunities, and experiences to ensure the community continues to thrive."

2018 marked a banner year for streamers on Twitch with huge leaps in terms of those able to monetize their channels, as well as more time spent watching them.

  • The number of Partner and Affiliate streamers who can generate revenue on Twitch grew more than 86% from 2017 to 2018. This included more than 248,000 streamers gaining Affiliate status and more than 7,800 streamers becoming Partners.

  • The number of streamers per month increased, growing from 2 million in 2017 to more than 3 million in 2018 with now close to a half a million streamers going live every day.

  • At any given time on average more than a million people are on Twitch and they’re watching more than ever. In 2018, the overall minutes watched increased to 434 billion (YTD).

Individuals, esports, and E3 also illustrated the power of live, shared, interactive experiences known as multiplayer entertainment with record setting years.

  • Ninja set the all-time record for highest concurrent viewership on an individual’s channel. He became a cultural touchpoint after a record-setting Fortnite stream in March where he was joined by Drake and attracted over 628,000 concurrent viewers. He proceeded to beat his own record the next month, when he attracted more than 667,000 concurrent viewers in April at the opening of the Las Vegas Esports Arena, setting the highest concurrent viewership on an individual’s Twitch channel ever.

  • The ELEAGUE’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Grand Final match set a record with over 1 million concurrent viewers on a single organization’s channel.

  • E3 in June set the record for the highest concurrent viewership across all of Twitch with more than 2.9 million tuning in, surpassing the previous record set in January 2018 of 2.5 million.

Additional milestones that reflect the appeal of Twitch for its growing community of streamers and fans include the following:

About Twitch

Launched in 2011, Twitch is a global community that comes together each day to create multiplayer entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the interactions of millions. It brings the joy of co-op to everything, from casual gaming to world-class esports to anime marathons, music, and art streams. Twitch also hosts TwitchCon, our biggest event of the year, where we bring everyone together to celebrate, learn, and grow their personal interests and passions. We’re always live at Twitch. Stay up to date on all things Twitch on Twitter and on our Blog.


Text lifted verbatim from a press release sent to Inven Global.


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