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Online video firms Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet have published their latest analysis of the livestreaming industry, coming from a gaming perspective rather than music concerts.

The figures are interesting though: the report claims that people watched 6.3bn hours of Twitch in the first quarter of 2021, for example. That’s more than double the hours watched on the platform a year ago in Q1 2020 (3.1bn). As for the amount of video being broadcast, there’s a strong pandemic effect to be seen. After staying relatively flat between Q1 2019 (119.7m hours) and Q1 2020 (121.4m) it grew to 264.9m hours in Q1 2021. The report’s graph shows clearly the big spike coming in Q2 2020, as Covid-19 lockdowns took effect.

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