You played Autumn boys, quite right? The dormant success of The Summer That Wasn’t from developer Mediatonic? If you haven’t, well, I suggest you give it a try, if only because it was the second biggest game this month on Twitch and the second biggest debut there this year. (ValorantThe April launch was major, but Autumn boys managed to beat Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the second spot.) It sold 7 million copies on Steam is was the most downloaded game ever on PlayStation Plus. Huge!
Between us it also burned the Twitch charts from last month. It̵
But let’s zoom out for a second. Contraction Yes is also growing (so is Facebook Gaming; more on that in a second). According to the monthly report from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg, Twitch, six months later, is still growing. In August, the company recorded its first month-over-month increase since April – 1.47 billion hours watched, up from 1.42 billion in April. That said, it’s still 57% year-on-year, which is frankly incredible.
Facebook Gaming is also growing. With just two months to go until Mixer is shut down and the subsequent partnership with the site, it seems like whatever Facebook Gaming is doing is working: it posted 346 million hours watched in August, a million more than the previous month. Year after year, it increased by 179%. It’s still a long way from Twitch, but it’s getting close to YouTube Gaming, which posted 461 million hours of viewing in April.
Other news: Cooking shows are gaining popularity on Twitch, and the Food and Beverage category on the site has increased 96% year-over-year. Vtubers, aka virtual YouTubers, got hit by Imane “Pokimane” Anys during a vtubing stream earlier this month. Félix “xQc” Lengyel is the most popular streamer on Twitch, while Brazilian CS: GO player Alexandre “gAuLeS” Borba, Nick “NickMercs” Kolcheff and Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar completed the top four.
Summer was the second season stolen by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have been in a disease course for six months that shows absolutely no signs of stopping. What I mean, really, is that we are all still inside. It’s still all online. This, in turn, has meant that the virtual platforms we turned to for social engagement haven’t stopped growing. The safest fun you can have right now is playing Between us with your friends!