A new GamesBeat event is around the corner! Learn more about what comes next. 


Twitch is larger than ever.

The game-broadcasting behemoth is holding its first ever convention this weekend in San Francisco, and it revealed some of the numbers behind its success. This includes a total of 1.7 million individuals who use the Twitch platform to livestream games. Collectively, that group has sent 7.5 billion minutes of content to the Web. These are massive number that put it well ahead of the competition, but perhaps the best example of Twitch’s growth is that it has had a peak concurrent audience of 2.1 million people in 2015. That’s more than twice what that figure was in 2014, and the people who are tuning in for these broadcasts are more engaged than ever before.

The average Twitch viewer tunes in for more than 1.5 hours each day — Twitch chief executive officer Emmett Shear pointed out that that is three times longer than the biggest Metal Gear Solid cutscene.

Of the 1.7 million broadcasters, however, Twitch notes that more than 12,000 are members of its partner program. These are people who can make money by livestreaming games on the site by sharing in the advertising revenue. That’s up from 10,000 just a few months ago.

Webinar

Three top investment pros open up about what it takes to get your video game funded.

Watch On Demand

But Twitch isn’t only about making money for its broadcasters. The various communities that use the site for marathons have raised more than $15 million for charitable organizations over the last 12 months. And more than 40 different organizations have seen a piece of that cash.

GamesBeat

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
  • Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
  • The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
  • Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
  • And maybe even a fun prize or two
  • Introductions to like-minded parties
Become a member