Twitch attracts 28 million unique viewers in February

Video service sees record view count last month from more than 600,000 unique broadcasters; average user watches 1.5 hours per day.

Gaming video service Twitch today announced that it enjoyed a record-breaking February. During the month, more than 600,000 unique broadcasters attracted in excess of 28 million unique viewers, the company said. In addition, the average user watched 1.5 hours of video per day.

After launching in June 2011, Twitch has since partnered with major game publishers like Activision (Call of Duty: Black Ops II), Electronic Arts (Origin), and Sony Online Entertainment (Planetside 2) for in-game and in-service Twitch integration.

In addition, Twitch announced another high-profile partner today: Ubisoft. The video streaming service will be integrated into Nadeo's upcoming Trackmania games and Shootmania Storm. Using Twitch, players will be able to broadcast their games and competitions live.

Twitch recently introduced a $9/month premium subscription offering. Members can view ad-free broadcasts, among other perks.

Disclosure: GameSpot parent company CBS Interactive and Twitch are partners.

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53 comments
kuda001
kuda001

Twitch is brilliant.

Watched EVO and The International last year and the coverage was pretty damn good.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

I started watching it myself, back in Feb., to watch Zorine and Jess play horror games. Then started watching all the ones that I could, live. And some that I couldn't see live, as well. Like watching Johnny's Lara show, can't see that one live because it starts when I'm sleeping.

Crossel777
Crossel777

Why the hell would Sony choose Ustream over Twitch?   Ustream is no where near as good.   Unless Microsoft some how got their mitts on twitch.

Emfanever
Emfanever

I really like how gamespot fails to mention that this happened because of own3d.tv shutting down and twitch having the monopoly now

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

Its also good for those who are interested in a title and can get a feel from watching someone actually play it ask questions ect along with other sources reviews vids ect


also there's tournaments speed runs charities ect to watch as well.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

twitch has all kinds but I will say there are some good streams up worth watching especially the ones that interact with the people watching. its also good for those playing a game that don't know much about it and need live help. especially for titles that don't have any easy way to get answers for.


wexorian
wexorian

I support Esports, but not with twitch , also Only esport i watch time to time it's League of legend tournaments not more and not on twitch :).

klitfelt
klitfelt

The pic in this article is it all Dota gameplay or???

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

I mostly just watch Twitch for the FGC tourneys and matches. Kappa

ddrfreak62
ddrfreak62

Its really sad how alot of people on here DONT support E-sports. 

People can say its sad all they want that somebody would spend 1.5 hours a day watching those streams, but as a LOL player, they really help alot with strats and seeing how the pro's play. 

Also, people watch "real" sports on tv way more than 1.5 hours a day sometimes, its the SAME THING. Your still watching something when you could be doing it yourself. 

Scarab83
Scarab83

I really enjoy Twitch, I just wish the VOD didn't stream so slowly. I have to load the page, wait 15 minutes for it to buffer sufficiently, watch a half-hour of the stream, then start the process all over again since it only loads in 30 minute increments.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

I really hope the PS4 supports Twitch and Ustream.

okassar
okassar

My friend used to watch some self-absorbed people play/stream League of Legends...a lot. Needless to say he failed Calculus II (college). Get serious kids. Leave stupid stuff like that for the weekend.

moncealyo
moncealyo

Hey if you like watching e-sports then cool.  I watched a few dota 2 games but then I got bored.  No video game is that good that I would want to watch it for months.  

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

How freaking sad people have become that they sit around and watch videos of people playing games. Get a life and be productive for a change.

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Gee, you'd think that the comments from people on Gamespot noone cared about e-sports and streaming.

PresidentDman
PresidentDman

Half the price and tell me what it does that my console doesn't  and then we can talk. 

egger7577
egger7577

"Twitch recently introduced a $9/month premium subscription offering. Members can view ad-free broadcasts, among other perks".

Google Chrome with AdBlock extension equals free.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

This make sense, eSports and shoutcasts etc are getting more popular every year. it won't be long before this stuff airs  on CBS (since CBS owns the owners of the owners blah blah) on TSN and ESPN or other channels that focus on competition or gaming. I think it was G4 that I watched the Halo 3 tournies.

Just waiting until the PS4 comes out. Ustream will literally crumble..if it works..we all know how well COD dupped us with their crap service. 


DoomZaW
DoomZaW

1.5 hours per day? PER. DAY? Im sorry, but why the hell wouldn't you rather be playing yourself?

JachAnen
JachAnen

@Crossel777"After launching in June 2011, Twitch has since partnered with major game publishers like... and Sony Online Entertainment (Planetside 2) for in-game and in-service Twitch integration."
Doesn't that show they chose Twitch? Or am I reading this wrong??

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

@Crossel777 Most likely becouse Microsoft already made a few deals with Twitch for their next xbox. 

colt_a
colt_a

@Emfanever Own3d shut down because of their personal mismanagement of funds, they stopped paying their streamers (and thus they left), and twitch had superior service quality overall.

Own3d didn't hand Twitch a monopoly.  Twitch murdered Own3d.  And now they do not have a monopoly.  Azubu TV launched a few months ago and has great quality itself. 

Pandajuicy
Pandajuicy

@klitfelt League of Legends actually, which is probably a big factor in Twitch's new success.

adroge1
adroge1

@ddrfreak62 I think the problem people have with e-sports is that they're no more a sport than checkers.

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

@ddrfreak62 actually sport as defined by dictionaries still implies some sort of athletic or physical prowess.  So no, technically this is not a sport.  I don't find it sad though, if you could find a way to make money playing games wouldn't you?  If I could play games from 9-5, then go to the bar and bitch and moan about my job to my buddies, I think my life would be complete.

Scarab83
Scarab83

@ddrfreak62 It's not a sport as most people think of it. Sport implies athletics. This is just competition. If that's your thing, that's fine though.

EvilShabazz
EvilShabazz

@ddrfreak62 If you don't break a sweat, it's not a sport it's a game.

Edit: And if you break a sweat playing video games ...      .... wtf is wrong with u? ;)

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

@Cowboy-Bebop Why are you here on this gaming website? Go out and be productive with your life!

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@Cowboy-Bebop I don't like the e-sports stuff and I don;t care to just watch someone else play a game but I do like a good Let's Play series now and again.

Some folks record themselves playing a game and add commentary to it usually while they play. it's cool because then you can see a game you might not have had a chance to play or can see and hear strategies how to get through a game...

Soul_666
Soul_666

@WingChopMasta I think you'll be right eventually, but e-sports has a looooong way to go before you'll see matches broadcast on the major channels in my opinion.

Triton
Triton

@DoomZaW 

I'm guessing they don't have jobs and  play the rest of the day. You have to take a break sometime.

VitJay
VitJay

@DoomZaW 1.5 hours/day watching someone ELSE play video games = a pathetic, Cheetos-fueled, sex-free life is just yours for the taking.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Cue the losers who actually do watch 1.5 hours/day of anonymous strangers playing video games explaining in hardcore terms why it's not a form of gross social dysfunction...

canelacandy
canelacandy

@DoomZaW I liked watching league of legends pro players streams to see how they play, but not even close to 1.5h a day lol. But there are some fun streams to watch, specially mobas or starcraft 2, its like watching sports

edulink
edulink

@DoomZaW I understand your point.. I do rather be playing myself, but when I'm at work it's a little harder to play (I still do sometimes though :P), and therefore watching a stream is much easier in this position. Plus, watching Danny's streams from Gamespot here is always a sure fun! And they're like 1.5h a day lol

Blacklight2
Blacklight2

@DoomZaW Because some provide commentary that you otherwise wouldn't of realized yourself.  It helps more than it hurts and it's entertaining.

Crossel777
Crossel777

@JachAnen @Crossel777

That's twitch integration for just one game though.  Call of Duty Black Ops 2 also has this feature and maybe a number of other titles.   EA's origin has twitch integration also.  None of this necessarily means the PS4 will have twitch integration.   Sony certainly didn't hint at such a thing at their meeting.  They made it sound like Ustream would be the only service integrated with the PS4.

Gen007
Gen007

@EvilShabazz Thats why they call it E-sports not sports i dont know why people try to make such a big deal about that. sports imply competition and the e part implies its not physical whats the problem with calling it esports?

PresidentDman
PresidentDman

@kamikazeespleen I posted the above  comment on the Steam box, how did it get here?!?!

saluk
saluk

@VitJay @DoomZaW The anonymous strangers usually aren't anonymous for very long. Watching someone trying to do a speedrun through Zelda Ocarina of Time is a very different experience than I would have playing myself. Why do you watch football on tv rather than go out and get a game going? Why watch a movie about someone elses life rather than be out there living one? It's not any more pathetic than anything else. I find it funny how many people, who have been likely ridiculed for playing games at one point or another, are so quick to ridicule someone else for something that they enjoy.