Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of March 30, 2020
Mixer’s continues to struggle with with viewer retention
TL;DR - The latest Q1 2020 data from Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet shows that Mixer’s steady decline in viewership that began last year has bled into 2020. While the platform is still attracting new streamers (+4.1%), viewership dipped 7.3% to 81.4M hours watched. More strikingly, concurrent viewership dipped 5.3% versus the prior quarter. Twitch remains firmly on top, posting all-time high numbers across various metrics, largely due to global stay-at-home orders. YouTube managed to secure 22% of market share with Facebook posting an impressive 11% share capture.
Mixer gifts its partnered streamers $100 each
TL;DR - Mixer Partners hit social media this week with news that they’d received $100 from Mixer, apparently with no strings attached. The assumption, of course, is that this is Mixer’s way of throwing its partnered streamers an assist due to the current economic hardships. Many streamers have pledged to reinvest in the Mixer community, while others will surely use this to upgrade their own setups or just, you know, pay bills.
Amazon hard at work on new PC titles and cloud-gaming platform
TL;DR - Amazon is busy putting its acquisitions to work, with its Amazon Game Studios teams developing three new AAA-caliber titles set for release this year. Those include the fantasy MMORPG New World, a Lord of the Rings game, and a sci-fi team-based FPS called Crucible. Amazon is also dedicating resources to ensuring these games will be very streaming-friendly, with an emphasis on community engagement. Project Tempo, Amazon’s Stadia competitor, is slated for a late 2020 or early 2021 release. No additional details on this service were shared, but it’s safe to assume there will be feature parity with Stadia at a minimum.
Twitch’s deploys new Mod View tools to make moderators’ live simpler
TL;DR - Twitch’s latest moderation tool, Mod View, gives channel moderators individual widgets to address the myriad of tasks they’re responsible for in their channels. The new feature is meant to replace the cumbersome chat command system that’s been in place since Twitch’s beginning. The mod widgets can be moved around and resized, with some even being dockable. Mods can quickly access stats and search for users and their history within that specific channel. The Mod Actions feature gives a history of all mod activity, and the AutoMod Queue makes it easier to approve or reject messages caught in the queue.
Twitch raises $2.7M during COVID-19 relief stream
TL;DR - Last week’s Stream Aid event saw a train of celebrities come together to raise over $2.7M for the Solidarity Response Fund of the World Health Organization. The 12-hour event attracted over 100K viewers in total, peaking at nearly 131K, with the likes of singer Ellie Goulding, musician Lauv, and MMA fighter Cris Cyborg contributing to entertain the audience. Viewers were treated to Fortnite competitions and even a celebrity UNO tournament. Twitch itself donated $2M to kick things off strong.
Nevada officially blesses esports gambling
TL;DR - This week, Nevada officially signed off on esports gambling, with CS:GO being the first approved beta candidate. William Hill is the only official sports book in Vegas permitted to accept bets, and was quick to release odds shortly after the decision was handed down. New Jersey had its own test run with League of Legends in 2019, but little ever came as a result of that effort.
VALORANT closed beta reveal scores big on Twitch
TL;DR - The embargo on content from last week’s VALORANT closed beta was lifted this week, freeing up streamers like Lirik, Summit1g, Forsen and others to share their experiences with Riot’s new team-based FPS. The unveil was a massive hit on Twitch, with over 500K people tuning in across a range of channels to check out the action. The game vaulted to the top of Twitch’s master directory almost instantly. Another round of closed beta matches will likely be broadcast this coming week as well, and Twitch viewers tuning in can earn their own place in the beta through Twitch Drops in eligible streams.
DLive hosting $1M platform-wide charity subscriber event
TL;DR - Through the end of April, streaming platform DLive will give its users 30% cash back on paid subscriptions, while also matching up to one million Lemon worth of US dollars on those subscriptions. Lemon is a type of token on the Lino Blockchain, which is a virtual currency usable on DLive’s platform. The $1M will be allocated to a range of different causes fighting the current global crisis set off by the Coronavirus.
Steam sets another unbelievable concurrent user record
TL;DR - Steam has been on a tear during this Coronavirus pandemic, setting concurrent user records daily at first, and now almost weekly. Last week that new record was an unbelievable 23.4M concurrent users, with 7.25M of those actively in a game. And as the situation drags on, it’s possible this number will continue to grow.
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