Justin Kan and Emmett Shear created Justin.tv, a streaming service back in 2007. The site had many categories, but the gaming section was growing extremely fast in comparison to others. In 2011, Justin.tv rebranded as Twitch.tv, as the site mainly focuses on video game live streaming. The platform hosts a variety of events like eSports competitions, music broadcasts, creative content and "in real life" (IRL) streams. Content on the site is created by streamers specifically for their viewers.
In 2013, Twitch was considered the fourth largest source of Internet traffic, as it pulled in 45 million viewers. Twitch.tv was bought by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million. By 2015 the site had more than 1.5 million broadcasters and 100 million viewers per month. In 2017, Twitch.tv was considered one of the most dominating players in the live streaming video service as it had some advantage over YouTube's gaming section. As of May 2018, Twitch.tv had around 15 million daily active users and 2.2 million broadcasters monthly.
Twitch is suspected to surpass about 40 million monthly active viewers in the United States by 2021. According to Tech Crunch, Twitch will reach 47 million viewers by 2023. Currently, Twitch is bringing in 37.5 million viewers in the U.S. who tune in to watch at least once a month. Twitch reports having more than 3 million active monthly creators and over 15 million average daily streamers.
As you can see, Twitch has continued to expand their audience every year. The numbers continue to skyrocket as the company gets bigger. This has encouraged Twitch to allow its' streamers to partner with the platform and make money doing what they love.
Twitch's platform is the home for about 2.2 million gamers that share their live gaming experiences daily and participate in the most challenging gaming competitions in the world. Ninja, a professional gamer who has made a name for himself from Fornite, has shown to be one of Twitch's most popular streamers. He is an active streamer that spends about 60+ hours a week, creating content and entertaining his fans live. Shroud, the second-most popular Twitch streamer, draws his fan base from performances on Call of Duty Black Ops 4. He also streams multiple other games, such as Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and many others. Myth, another streamer, has the third-highest follower base. Myth grew his fan base organically as Fortnite's influence expanded. He has since been one of Twitch's highest viewer holders to this day.
This feature ranks the top games on Twitch by average viewers in the last 7 days. Only a few of the games on the list manage to maintain 50,000+ viewers a day. The list as of today is: Valorant, League of Legends, Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Just Chatting. These games continue to dominate the charts on Twitch due to their high level of interactions.