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Twitch viewership begins to fall off cliff as big streamers move to Mixer

Published: 28/Oct/2019 16:57 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 10:25

by Andy Williams

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Twitch has experienced its first consecutive loss in viewership ever, which comes after rival streaming platform, Mixer, signed two of their biggest names.

Twitch has long been known as the flagship streaming platform. Launched in June of 2011, the livestreaming service has long been known as the go-to for all things video games related. 

More recently, the platform has expanded its horizons through bringing more variety to the range of content that is available — from real-life streams to broadcasting live sporting events (such as the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix).

F1/TwitchF1 and Twitch recently entered a one-race deal to broadcast the Mexican Grand Prix.

Regardless of their efforts, Amazon’s streaming service has experienced its first concurrent viewership decline in its operational history. 

Following a boom in viewership back in April of 2016, Thinknum Media have reported a “sustained downtrend” – after peaking with 982 million unique viewers in July – for the first time in the streaming platform’s history.

Since Amazon’s acquisition of Twitch in August 2014, the platform has gone from strength-to-strength — as stated in the report: “From March 2016 to July 2019, Twitch’s viewership was generally a straight line pointed upwards, but August and September showed concurrent dips in viewership.”

However, since the loss of streaming sensation, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins back in August 2019, the platform has struggled to maintain their viewership figures — with Mixer signing the star on an exclusive deal.

Even following on from Fortnite’s ‘The End’ event – which crashed Twitch’s servers as viewers poured in from far and wide – October has dipped to 800 million viewers. 

More recently, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek announced his move over to Mixer, with Cory ‘Gothalion’ promptly following suit. Indeed, only time will tell whether Twitch continue on their downtrend, or whether they can stop the bleeding and regain their viewership numbers back up to near the 1 billion mark. 

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Streamer goes viral for calling out “disrespectful” Among Us players

Published: 4/Dec/2020 16:53

by Michael Gwilliam

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YouTuber and Twitch streamer Julien ‘julien’ Solomita has gone viral for a clip in which he called out Among Us players who are disrespectful towards others in-game.

In the viral clip, which has been viewed over 350,000 times since being uploaded to Twitter on December 4, Julien blasted people who infect his lobbies with negativity or make others feel “unsafe.”

“When I make these lobbies, when I go around and hit up some of my friends, and often times some of my friends’ friends to play Among Us with me, I have one thing in mind: that everyone I’m inviting gets to have fun,” the streamer began his rant.

“Gets to feel welcome. Gets to feel safe. Gets the exact opportunity as everyone else to be listened to. And gets to go home at the end of the night and say that had a good night of gaming,” he continued.

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Among Us has become one of the most popular online games.

According to Julien, this mantra should be enforced for new people. “I’ve met more people in the streaming world playing Among Us than I’ve ever met, by far, than any other game,” he explained. “So, when new people are in my lobbies, I try to go extra to out of my way to make those people feel like they’re welcome and they get to have fun.”

Communication can be key in Among Us, so it makes sense that anyone who plays would want to be able to speak freely and not be spoken over. As such, when players aren’t able to get a word in, the experience can be ruined.

This is why the streamer has “zero tolerance” for the “normalization” of disrespecting people in video games.

“Among Us is a game and it’s for fun. It’s not so boys can talk over women. It’s not to make new people in the group feel small or unwelcome. It’s not to win in every game at all costs,” he continued to rant. “It’s a game and it’s for everybody to enjoy.”

He went on to reach out to players who may have been disrespected in online games and hoped that they never experienced that again. “I don’t want anyone here to get the idea that it’s even close to normal for that to be how you feel when you play a video game. That’s not normal. It’s f**king weird, it’s wrong.”

A lot of people have taken Solomita’s message to heart and voiced their agreement in the replies. Hopefully, his words have a lasting effect on players feeling a bit out of touch in online games such as Among Us.