Twitch is the biggest gaming streaming platform in the world right now. It started all the way back in 2007 by the founders Justin Kahn and Emmet Shear. Back then the platform was known as Justin.tv and had a wide range of content on the site. However in the early years it was clear that gaming was the most popular form of content on the site.
In 2011 they decided to rebrand the gaming side of the platform as Twitch.tv and it has been the go to live streaming platform for gaming and esports ever since. In 2014 Twitch was acquired by Amazon for $970 Million in cash.
In this article we are going to take a look at some of the most interesting Twitch statistics in 2022. The platform seen a huge surge in users during the pandemic and is still showing growth in 2022.
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Key Twitch Statistics 2022
- In 2022 Twitch is averaging over 2.83 Million Concurrent viewers. At any one time there is an average of over 2.8 Million people watching creators on Twitch.
- Twitch had over 8.49 Million Monthly Broadcasters in 2022. That’s a lot of people trying to become a streamer.
- In 2021 Twitch had a Total of 1460 Billion minutes watched overall. That is almost 2.8 Million Years of Watch time.
- Twitch made over $2.3 Billion in Revenue in 2020 according to Business Of Apps.
- The Top 1% of Twitch streamers made over half of the money paid out according to analysis of a leak by the Wall Street Journal.
- As of 2021 Twitch has over 51,500 Partnered Creators on the platform.
Sources: TwitchTracker, BusinessOfApps
How Many Users Does Twitch Have?
Twitch currently has 140 Million Monthly active users on the platform. This consists of streamers and viewers. They currently have 15 Million Daily active users.
- Out of these 140 Million Users there are 8.49 Million Active monthly broadcasters.
- On average in 2022 there are 103,000 Twitch channels streaming at any one time.
How Many Concurrent Average Viewers Does Twitch Have?
Twitch has over 2.83 Million average concurrent viewers. At any one time there is an average of 2.8 Million people watching creators on Twitch. From 2020 to 2021 average concurrents grew by 31.1% however that growth has stagnated so far in 2022.
How Many Streamers Are On Twitch?
In 2022 Twitch currently has 8.49 Million monthly active broadcasters. That’s a lot of people streaming on the platform every single month.
As you can see from the chart below the pandemic massively increased the amount of people who streamed on the platform. This is due to people having more time on their hands and deciding to give streaming a go. While growth continued in 2021 it has flattened out in 2022 so far.
How Many Streamers Are Partnered On Twitch?
According to Twitch Tracker there were 51,500 streamers partnered in 2021. Out of these 51,500 streamers, only 35,300 of them are actively streaming on Twitch.
That means that only 0.42% of active streamers have reached the partnership level on Twitch.
Sources: Twitchtracker, Sullygnome
How Many Streamers Are Affiliates On Twitch?
Twitch currently has 1,034,208 active affiliate streamers on their platform as of February 2022. This means that ~12% of streamers are affiliates on Twitch. This is quite a shocking stat as the requirements for Twitch Affiliate are pretty low. Most of these un-affiliated streamers are likely pulling in less than 5 viewers per stream.
Twitch Revenue Growth
Twitch has been able to grow revenue rapidly since 2016. In 2016 Twitch pulled in $0.1 Billion in revenue and then pulled in $2.3 Billion in 2020 (Estimated numbers based on previous values). You can see the growth in Twitch revenue over time below.
Twitch Total Average Monthly Hours Watched
In January 2022 Twitch had 2.1 Billion Watch Hours for the month. For this metric we have taken an average of all 12 months in each year, to get an average watch hours for the year.
|Year||Average Monthly Watch Hours (Billions)|
Below are the main demographics of the Twitch audience.
Twitch Age Demographics
The main age demographic of Twitch is the 16-24 audience group which makes up 41% of Twitch’s users. This makes sense as gaming is more popular among the younger generation. Next up is the 25-34 range with 32% of Twitch’s users. The rest is made up of users aged 35+. You can see the full breakdown in the chart below.
Twitch Gender Demogrpahics
On Twitch 65% of the audience are male and 35% are female. Over the past few years we have seen more and more women get into gaming which is great to see. We suspect that the female number will rise over the next few years.
Twitch Country Demographics
Twitch is a worldwide platform and has users from all over the world. The main market is the United States with 22.67% and then Germany with 6.73%. As you can see the traffic split is diversified across multiple countries.
|Country||Share Of Traffic|
Twitch Device Usage Statistics
People watch Twitch on their PC and Phones, but what is the split between mobile and desktop traffic? 35% Comes from mobile traffic and 65% comes from Desktop & Other such as TVs.
This is quite a difference from Youtube where over 70% of their traffic comes from mobile. However it makes sense as lot’s of Twitch viewers are also PC gamers who will be sitting at their gaming setup watching Twitch.
What’s interesting is that this site, focused on streaming gets 50% of its traffic from desktop as well. This niche just has a higher proportion of Desktop users than other niches.
Unfortunately Twitch don’t publish this data publicly so we were unable to get an updated figure.
Most Followed Twitch Streamers In 2022
Below is a list of the most followed Twitch Streamer on Twitch in 2022. No surprise that Ninja still holds the top spot for having the most followers on Twitch as he is the most recognized name in streaming. You can see the full list below:
You can also check out the fancy infographic below.
Most Watched Games On Twitch – All Time
We have put together a list of the most popular games on Twitch for All Time. This list showcases games that have been successful on Twitch for long periods of time. League of Legends is the most popular game on Twitch with 48.1 Billion viewers. Fortnite takes second place with 27.7 Billion viewers.
|League Of Legends||48.1|
|Grand Theft Auto V||22.83|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||21.43|
|World Of Warcraft||11.02|
|Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege||4.22|
Top Paid Creators On Twitch – Twitch Leak
Back in 2021 there was a Twitch leak revealing the payouts from Twitch to the Top creators. People were shocked with some of the numbers that came out of the leak. Below is the Top 10 payouts to Twitch creators from August 2019 through October 2021.
Twitch Vs Other Streaming Platforms
When it comes to streaming platforms for gaming, Twitch is the #1 platform with two other competitors, Youtube and Facebook. Below is a chart of how watch hours are spread across the platform based on data from Q3 2021.
Twitch has 70.5% of all total streaming watch hours with Facebook at 15.7% and Youtube Gaming at 13.8%.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Price Did Amazon Purchase Twitch For?
Amazon reportedly bought Twitch for $970 Million in 2014. Since purchasing they have added their Twitch Prime feature allowing viewers to get a free Subscription to their favorite streamer every month. This was a massive boost for creator earnings on the platform.
How Many Employees Does Twitch Have?
Twitch currently has an estimate 1,800 employees according to owler.com.
How Much Time Do Users Spend On Twitch Per Day
The average Twitch user watch 95 minutes per day on average.
Which Twitch Channel Has The Most Total Views?
The Riot games channel currently has the most total views as it hosts the popular League Of Legends tournaments directly on their channel.
Which Twitch Channel Makes The Most Money
According to the Twitch Leak in 2021 the channel that makes the most money is Critical Role. Critical Role is a group of people who play Dungeon and Dragons on their channel.
So, there you have it. Those are some of the most interesting statistics about the Twitch platform in 2022. Twitch is still growing year over year and is likely to keep getting bigger as the streaming industry grows. We hope we can be here to help you if you decide to jump into the streaming game.
If you have any other interesting data or Twitch statistics that you think should be added to this article please let us know in the comments. We would love to hear from you.
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