Popular video game streaming website Twitch has surpassed both CNN and MSNBC for the number of average daily viewers in January.
Dot Esports reports that Twitch, the most popular video game streaming websites on the Internet, has surpassed news outlets CNN and MSNBC in the number of average daily viewers for the month of January. Twitch recorded approximately 962,000 concurrent viewers throughout the month of January 2018, a 22 percent increase from last year’s figures in January 2017 and a 26 percent increase since December 2017. In comparison, MSNBC averaged approximately 885,000 viewers for the month of January and CNN only recorded 783,000 daily viewers.
While Twitch has impressively beaten two major news organizations figures, they still fall short when compared to some of the largest cable networks in the United States. Both Fox News and ESPN beat Twitch’s figures by approximately 500,000 viewers. Fox News and ESPN both reported January viewership figures of around 1.5 million per day. Twitch is quite close however to beating the 1 million viewership figure and if the website continues to have the levels of growth seen over the past year it will reach that goal.
Twitch is owned by Amazon, which purchased the company for $1 billion in 2014. This could prove to be a great deal for Amazon as many believe that the site has already made back Amazon’s initial investment. Website valuation service Worth of Web has estimated that Twitch.tv could now be worth as much as $4 billion, a $3 billion increase on what Amazon initially paid. As Esports and the video game industry increases in value over the next few years, Twitch could soon be an extremely profitable addition to Amazon’s business portfolio.
Earlier this month the return of one of the most popular streamers on the platform, Dr. Disrespect, was watched live by just under 400,000 viewers.