Thank you to the Twitch community for another amazing year. We played, we learned, we grew, and we even created - together. 2015 was the year we gathered IRL at the inaugural TwitchCon, esports continued its incredible rise, Twitch infrastructure reached new parts of the globe, and collectively we all watched more than 459,000 years-worth of video. Read on for a look at what made 2015 a year to remember.
What did Twitch watch in 2015? A lot. Actually, make that a whole lot. And when Twitch watches, the world notices. With an average of 1.7 million broadcasters streaming every month, you logged some serious minutes.
The global growth of the Twitch platform continued in 2015. Twitch is now available in more countries than ever before, and even has dedicated viewers in places as remote as Antarctica. For real. No Kappa.
These countries had the highest viewership numbers in 2015.
The Twitch engineering team has built an incredible infrastructure that ensures every broadcaster and viewer has the best possible experience, even when viewership numbers spike.
On August 23rd, over 2 million of you tuned in for a perfect storm of esports content. Both ESL One: Cologne 2015 and the League of Legends NA LCS Finals took place on that fateful weekend, with viewers from around the world watching the drama unfold.
November brought the launch of Twitch Creative and the ExtraLife charity event, leading to our most active month for broadcasting with 35,610 peak concurrents.
Our family of POP (Point Of Presence) server locations had some big new additions in 2015. Now, Twitch has servers on 5 continents in these cities.
Think you have what it takes to help with the big things we have in store for 2016? Twitch is always looking to hire from our passionate and talented community. Check out what positions we're hiring right here.
2015 brought two new entries into Twitch's most watched games list, FIFA 15 and Destiny®, which both launched late in 2014.
Sneak peeks of Destiny ® : The Taken King were revealed by Bungie to prepare gamers for the highly anticipated expansion. When the expansion went live, it quickly become one of the top 5 games watched on Twitch for 2 months and crushed download records.
One of 2015's most anticipated titles launched with a bang on Twitch. In the days leading up to its release, Fallout 4 ™ immediately took a spot in our Top 5 most watched games and has consistently been on the charts ever since.
"Twitch's top channels had about 10x as many viewers as Youtube Gaming during the crucial period shortly after the game came out" - Bloomberg
The Twitch community led the charge in bringing mainstream success to the little car soccer game that could. In its first month of release, it vaulted from 165th place to a spot in the top 5 on Twitch and had over 5 million copies downloaded.
"What Rocket League ™ did in the span of one month is remarkable" - Gamesided
In 2015, Twitch launched on new platforms and upgraded our experience on existing platforms. Now you can broadcast, watch, and chat from every major gaming platform on Earth.
2015 saw a continued rise of mobile viewers and broadcasters on Twitch. In fact, viewers on mobile devices now make up 35% of Twitch's viewership every month.
Vainglory was your fastest growing mobile game of 2015. By the end of December, Twitch watched over 155.6 million minutes of the mobile MOBA.
"The Vainglory esports momentum grew so fast that the company decided to add a spectator mode more quickly than it expected, mainly due to urging from the community." - Venturebeat
The unstoppable rise of esports picked up even more steam in 2015. And you were at the forefront of the real-time revolution. From Madison Square Garden, to Las Vegas, to Berlin, Seoul, and everywhere in between, the biggest esports events of the year were on Twitch. Sometimes a VOD just isn't enough.
Viewership records were shattered. Prize purses exploded. And the salt was pouring. 2015 gave us more big tournaments and unforgettable moments than ever before. Here were the most popular events.
Photo: Helena Kristiansson
Millions of you watched the ESL One 2015 events in both Cologne and Katowice, with viewership peaking during the CS:GO tournaments.
"ESL Cologne 2015 was the most-watched CS:GO tournament yet, raking in over 27 million unique viewers on Twitch." - IGN
Photo: Robert Paul
On August 4th, the top three had an amazing nail biter of a final game. Infiltration finished in 3rd, GamerBee in 2nd, and the World Champion, Momochi, took home the gold.
Photo: Valve Corporation
North American team Evil Geniuses won a resounding victory in one of the most watched events of the year.
Photo: Riot Games, Inc
Worlds: Berlin: Korean team SKT1 absolutely dominated, sweeping the competition and only losing one game all tournament long.
NA LCS: CLG beat TSM in Madison Square Garden with both rosters made up of many top Twitch Broadcasters.
Photo: Helena Kristiansson
The StarCraft II finals brought together the 2013 champion, sOs, and the 2014 champion, Life. sOs finished on top after an incredible tournament.
Twitch is the sum of every viewer, broadcaster, and game developer that uses the platform. It’s a community. And 2015 saw the community chat, create, play, and give back more than ever before.
The organic growth of the creative community on Twitch led to the launch of an official space supporting the artists and crafters who have been using the platform to broadcast their creative processes. You creative broadcasters share many of the characteristics that all Twitch broadcasters have: passion, engagement, and a community-centric worldview.
"Over 20 years after his series ended, Bob Ross can still inspire anyone to paint — even the raucous audiences on Twitch." - Mashable
In 2015, Twitch raised $17,400,000 for 55+ charities.
Extra Life raised $7,000,000+ for Children’s Miracle Network
Games Done Quick raised $2,800,000+ for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders
Gaming For Good raised $1,300,000+ for Save the Children
Yogscast Jingle Jam 2015 raised an estimated $1,000,000+ for 7 different charities
St. Jude Play Live raised $950,000+ for St. Jude
As more developers embrace the Twitch community, we've seen our signature purple logos and hoodies popping up everywhere. Here are just a few of the places you may have spotted us.
We made ya'll a sweet hoodie for your character.
Fly our Glitch logo with pride in Rocket League.
To celebrate the inaugural TwitchCon, those who attended in person or watched online got nifty swag for their avatars.
For the first time ever (and certainly not the last), over 20,000 people representing the global Twitch community descended on San Francisco for TwitchCon. With Moscone West decked out in Twitch purple, attendees were treated to broadcaster meet & greets, expert panels, hands-on game demos, the crowning of the King of Salt, and the massively viewed H1Z1 Invitational.
"TwitchCon made me a Twitch convert." - engadget
Glitch announced the arrival of TwitchCon.
The calm before the storm at the Twitch Main Stage.
Not an empty seat in the Kappa Theater for the keynote address.
H1Z1 and Twitch partnered up to bring the H1Z1 Invitational, and its $170,000 prize purse, to TwitchCon. And it was a hit. Over 2,000 people watched live from the Kappa Theater and another 130,000 people watched the broadcast online.
2015 saw the Twitch community come together in more ways than we ever thought possible. Thank you to everyone who broadcasted, viewed, lurked, chatted, cringed, celebrated, and laughed with us this past year. Here's to more in 2016!