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Twitch Plays Pokémon more popular than Hockey finals

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Twitch really is the place to be these days. The service was recently purchased for truckloads of money. Why you ask? Well, because not only can you watch people play games, you can also watch a pair of fish beat each other up in Street Fighter. Now that’s entertainment! I do think it was a great investment by Amazon, as the service just seems to be getting bigger and better.

A couple of months ago, viewers rallied together to play one giant game of Pokémon Red/Blue. Numbers from that stream have recently been made available, and they’re pretty damn interesting. The idea was simple. The game was streamed live, and viewers took part by means of game commands which were input via the chat window. Alex Leavitt, a researcher and data scientist, recently released some statistics surrounding that stream (via Polygon)

    • At its peak, Twitch Plays Pokémon had 121,000 concurrent viewers
    • At some points during Twitch Plays Pokémon, the stream was the most-viewed on the platform, and accounted for 20 percent of all viewers on Twitch
    • The stream received a total of nine million unique views. By comparison, the Stanley Cup finals were viewed by six million people
    • The channel received more than 36 million unique views
    • The total view time on the stream was more than one billion minutes
    • More than 50 million messages were sent in the stream’s chat box

121 000 people playing the same game of Pokémon? That’s madness! The most interesting stat by far is the fact that the stream had more unique views than the Stanley Cup finals. While Hockey may not be the most popular sport in the world, it’s still crazy to think that a gaming stream had a significantly higher number of unique views.  At time of writing this, the channel has 64,436,372 total views, which is a few million short of double the stat quoted above.

I myself browse through Twitch instead of watching TV. While I still like to keep up with the odd series here and there, I find Twitch far more interesting than the other garbage that fills ordinary television channels. The recent trend seems to be fish playing games. What do you think will be next?

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Last Updated: September 1, 2014

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