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Twitch viewership doubles as more people “work” from home

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Due to the precautionary measures that several countries have taken, such as canceling classes and closing businesses to prevent the Covid-19 expansion, the daily Twitch audience has considerably increased.

Since last week, the coronavirus outbreak has begun to spread much more alarmingly in different countries in Europe and America, which even led the WHO to declare a pandemic.

In the absence of a vaccine, the main recommendation made worldwide is that people remain in their homes as long as they don’t have to attend an important commitment.

This isolation situation has brought some benefit to the Twitch streaming platform since people decide to invest more time watching eSports and streamers. Just in Italy alone, the European country most affected by the virus, internet use has increased by 70% due to the national quarantine.

According to official reports from online service provider Akamai, the main countries where there has been an increase in internet traffic are the United States, India, Japan, and Australia, possibly because in them people are resorting to working from their homes.

Although the coronavirus situation has negatively affected the global economy, causing the stock market to crash, online services like Twitch have seen major increases.

data: TwitchTracker

According to the data presented by the platform, during the last week, the site registered an average live audience of 2.2 million people, which represents an increase of almost 100% compared to the 1.18 million average that the platform had during February and March of 2019.

This was a foreseeable growth considering that in the last two weeks measures to face the disease have become more stringent.

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