According to a study by analytics company Deep Field published in the Wall Street Journal , Twitch.tv is ranked 4th with a total of 1.8 percent of U.S. peak internet traffic for the week ending February 3rd. Higher than giants such as Hulu, Amazon, Facebook, Tumblr and Valve.
It’s important to remember that sites like Twitch that have video streaming services use much more bandwidth than sites like Facebook. Twitch is still beating popular sites with streaming services like Hulu and Amazon. In a statement to onGamers, Twitch’s Vice President of marketing told of the vindication of playing with the big boys, as well as the challenges of dealing with such growth.
“It’s wonderful validation that Twitch is now officially playing in the big leagues. Apple, Hulu, Valve, Netflix, Amazon and the like are awesome company to keep. Of course this is something our engineers have known for some time, since they are actively scaling our infrastructure to meet the intense demand growth curve. We’re laser-focused on that which is no small task!”
Twitch released a fact sheet of their business growth in 2013 which sports even more impressive statistics. I’m really happy that Twitch is a thing, because the idea of people playing live online and people watching fascinates me. Even as I write this I have a stream up on the other monitor, just casually watching in the corner of my eye. Twitch has become people’s vested hobby, and even part of their livelihood. I hope they continue to prosper and fix that damn annoying chat delay finally!
Last Updated: February 10, 2014