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News video games 29 October 2021, 17:40

author: Miriam Moszczynska

More People Watch Streams on Facebook Than on YouTube

According to a Streamlabs report, Facebook Gaming has managed to overtake YouTube Gaming in terms of viewership over the past three months. However, both platforms are far from the streaming king that is Twitch.

In a nutshell:
  • Streamlabs has published a report on streaming platforms such as Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming;
  • Facebook Gaming has overtaken YouTube in terms of both viewership and total stream time;
  • Nevertheless, it is Twitch that still holds the position of king of streaming platforms.

A report has appeared on the official blog of Streamlabs, summarizing the third quarter of 2021 on Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming platforms. Surprisingly, the the last of the services managed to overtake the Google-owned service in terms of both viewership and total broadcast time. However, the results of both platforms are still far behind the results of the undisputed king of streaming, Twitch.

More People Watch Streams on Facebook Than on YouTube - picture #1
Total stream viewing time, source:

Streamlabs is a company that produces a popular tool of the same name that enables live streaming on services such as Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. With the app, streamers can easily monetize broadcasts and customize their appearance, among other things. The company was acquired by Logitech in 2019.

What's more, Facebook Gaming is the only one of the three platforms whose viewership is still growing. As we can read in the report, the total time spent watching streams on YouTube dropped by almost 13%, and in the case of Twitch it is about 11%. An interesting statistic was also presented, which shows the time streamers spent on platforms, running their transmissions.

More People Watch Streams on Facebook Than on YouTube - picture #2
Total stream time, source:

While the previous graph clearly shows YouTube and Facebook, on the one above both platforms are lost under nearly 223 million hours of broadcasts on Twitch. This clearly shows that despite Facebook's small successes against YouTube in streaming, it is still far from Amazon's service.

To sum up, the top three streaming platforms have undergone minor and rather unexpected changes. Thanks to them (with a considerable approximation of course) we can say that Facebook Gaming is the second most popular service with live streaming. How long will this state of affairs last? It will be revealed in the next report prepared by Streamlabs.