The popularity of game streaming has increased dramatically in the previous five years, but it appears to be at a loss for 2022.
According to Rainmaker.gg's data for August, Twitch saw a slight year-over-year decline in viewership to 1.865 billion hours per day, compared to 1.87 billion in 2021. The increase is significant, though; the platform saw 999 million hours in August 2019.
The surge in popularity of the platforms was at least in part due to the COVID-19 epidemic that kept many people from going out in the summers of 2020 and 2021. Similarly, the tugging between Twitch and other streaming platforms like YouTube and Facebook for viewers has resulted in some individuals making lucrative agreements.
Although neither Facebook nor YouTube has been able to match Twitch's overall viewership, YouTube has steadily sought to improve its live gaming content by signing former Twitch stars to exclusive contracts this summer.
StreamElements did not have YouTube viewership data in August, but it has seen a steady increase in viewership over the past few months, leading to 305 million hours watched. However, Twitch did have a similar pattern in terms of total hours watched, increasing similarly.
Facebook's viewership decreased from the summers beginning through August. With 399 million hours watched, the platform had a significant decrease from last year when it had 567 million hours watched in August 2021.