Twitch Growth, Statistics & Demographics in 2021

Last Updated on 01/06/2022 by Dean

This article will cover the growth, statistics, and demographics of Twitch in 2021.

Twitch Growth in 2021

Every year, the live streaming industry is growing in size, and Twitch, being the largest streaming platform, is benefitting from this growth.

In Q1 of 2014, Twitch had 606 million total watched hours.

7 years later (Q1 of 2021) Twitch reached 6.3 billion hours watched on Twitch. That’s a massive 939.6% increase!

Twitch has also seen a notable increase over the last year.

Just one year ago (Q1 of 2020) Twitch had 3.2 billion hours watched. One year later, those numbers have nearly doubled!

Twitch has also seen a 107.873% increase in concurrent live streamers and a 99.6517% in average concurrent viewers.

Twitch growth in q1 of 2020

Q1 2020

  • 3.2 billion hours watched
  • 57,549 average concurrent streamers
  • 1,468,646 average concurrent viewers
twitch growth in q1 of 2021 compared to q1 of 2020: Twitch has over 6.3 billion hours watched

Q1 2021

  • 6.3 billion hours watched
  • 119,629 average concurrent streamers
  • 2,932,176 average concurrent viewers

We used Twitch Tracker to come by this data.

Twitch Statistics in 2021

How many average viewers on Twitch in 2021?

Twitch has 2,876,262 average concurrent viewers in 2021 according to Twitch Tracker.

Month (2021)Average Concurrent viewers

How many hours are watched on Twitch?

In 2021 so far, 16.6 million total hours have been watched on Twitch.

On average, 2 million hours are watched every month.

Month (2021)Average Hours
January2,171 million hours
February1,979 million hours
March2,181 million hours
April2,238 million hours
May2,307 million hours
June1,962 million hours
July1,954 million hours
August1,847 million hours
Source: Twitch tracker

How many streamers are live on Twitch at all times?

On average, 111k concurrent streamers are live on Twitch in 2021.

Month (2021)Concurrent Live Streamers
source: Twitch Tracker

How many total streamers go live on Twitch every month?

On average, 9.1 million streamers go live every month on Twitch in 2021.

Month (2021)Total Live Streamers
source: Twitch Tracker

How Many Affiliates does Twitch have?

Currently, twitch has 2,106,389 affiliates.

Source: CommanderRoot

How Many Partners does Twitch have?

Currently, Twitch has 58,702 partners.

Source: CommanderRoot.

What is the most popular category on Twitch?

The Just Chatting category is the most popular category on Twitch with a total of 1,827,518,000 viewers so far in 2021.

On average, 261,074,031 viewers watch the Just Chatting category every month.

Month (2021)CategoryHours Watched
JanuaryJust Chatting248,144,653 
FebruaryJust Chatting240,445,690
MarchJust Chatting270,395,369
AprilJust Chatting289,547,911
MayJust Chatting285,948,196
JuneJust Chatting252,985,317
JulyJust Chatting240,051,080
AugustJust ChattingN/A
Source: Sully Gnome

What is the most popular game on Twitch?

The most-watched game on Twitch in 2021 is GTA 5 with a total of 1,202,343,000 hours watched.

Month (2021)Most Popular GameHours Watched
FebruaryLeague of Legends150,221,076
MarchGTA 5184,577,838
AprilGTA 5239,438,984
MayGTA 5253,419,456
JuneGTA 5170,602,312
JulyGTA 5142,539,300
source: Sully Gnome

Twitch Viewer Demographics

Twitch Gender Ratio

According to GlobalWebIndex, Twitch viewers are 65% male and 35% female.

gender ratio on twitch

Twitch Age Ratio

According to GlobalWebIndex, 73% of viewers on Twitch are aged between 16 and 34.

age ratio on twitch

Here are the age ratios in more detail:

  • 41% of Twitch viewers are aged between 16 and 24
  • 32% of Twitch viewers are aged between 25 and 34
  • 17% of Twitch viewers are aged between 35 and 44
  • 7% of Twitch viewers are aged between 45 and 54
  • 3% of Twitch viewers are aged between 55 and 64

Twitch Revenue

How does Twitch make money?

Just like its streamers, Twitch makes money through subscriptions, advertisements, and bit donations.

For the majority of Affiliates and Partners, Twitch will take a 50/50 cut meaning they keep $2.50 for each subscriber on Twitch.

Some top-tier streamers qualify for a 70/30 revenue split meaning they keep at least $3.50 per tier 1 subscriber.

Additionally, Twitch will take a cut from advertisements.

And while Twitch does not take a cut from donated bits, they do charge a premium when selling bits to viewers.

On top of the cut they take from streamers, Twitch also makes money from turbo subscriptions and their partnership with the NFL.

How much does Twitch make?

According to a SuperData report, Twitch made 1.54 billion in total revenue in 2019.

If we used those revenue numbers from 2019 ($1.54 billion), and compare their Q1 results (2.779 billion hours) to the Q1 results of 2021 (6.3 billion hours) we estimate that Twitch will make $3.49 billion in 2021.

Some revenue statistics:

  • In 2019, Twitch made 1.54 billion in total revenue. (SuperData)
  • in 2020, Twitch made 2.5 billion in total revenue. (Needham)
  • In 2019, Twitch generated 178.1 million in ad revenue (CompareCamp)
  • in Q1 of 2021, Twitch made 103.65 million dollars in App Revenue (Statista)

How much is Twitch worth?

According to a Needham Analyst Laura Martin, Twitch is currently worth $15 billion. That’s a 1446.39% increase from the 970 million Amazon bought it for in 2014.

Twitch vs Other Streaming Platforms

While YouTube and Facebook (and Facebook especially) are gaining traction in the streaming world, they still don’t come close to the size that Twitch has.

twitch vs youtube gaming vs youtube gaming statistics and growth.

Here are the current numbers:

  • Twitch has 71.8% of the market share
  • YouTube Gaming has 15.6% of the market share
  • Facebook Gaming has 12.6% of the market share

And here are the in-depth statistics for the 3 major streaming platforms.

Q1 2021 for Twitch

q1 statistics from twitch compared to youtube gaming and facebook gaming
  • 6.3 billion hours watched
  • 119,629 average concurrent streamers
  • 2,932,176 average concurrent viewers

Source: Twitch Tracker

Q1 2021 for YouTube Gaming

q1 statistics from youtube compared to twitch and facebook gaming
  • 1.373 billion hours watched
  • 636,000 average concurrent viewers

Source: Statista

Q1 2021 for Facebook Gaming

q1 statistics from facebook gaming compared to youtube gaming and twitch
  • 1.1 billion hours watched
  • 2,877 average concurrent streamers
  • 567,594 average concurrent viewers

Source: Streamcharts

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