April has kicked off with an absolute bang, as we see the changing of the guard for the first time this year with xQc losing his top spot. Meanwhile, esports continues to grow and Ludwig’s Twitch future becomes more uncertain as his 24/7 stream subathon nears its end.
Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting numbers behind the week’s top streamers.
Ludwig secures most watched spot
The biggest news of the week no doubt comes in the form of Ludwig dethroning xQc (who has been the most watched streamer every week so far in 2021) with his 24/7 broadcasts. Overall, his viewership isn’t quite as strong as xQc’s but being live 24/7 finally proved to be successful, as Ludwig raked in almost 8 Million Hours Watched.
- 7.99 Million Hours Watched
- 47,988 Average CCV
- 96,602 Peak CCV
- 223,651 New Followers
Ludwig’s numbers continued at a steady rate, with viewership overall remaining quite stable. He did manage to increase peak viewership by 12%, with his stream being near seconds from ending - for reference, every subscription increases how long the stream will last and his viewers held their subs until the last second.
When it comes down to it, Ludwig’s viewership is all about the quantity, so it will be interesting to see how much things change once the 24/7 broadcasts come to an end.
xQc slows down content, but still takes second spot
While Ludwig’s broadcasts are nothing short of impressive, a big reason that he was able to secure the top spot is that xQc massively slowed down his content output. There was a huge fall in numbers across the board, most notably with airtime falling by 43.7%.
Let’s take a look at xQc’s numbers and the massive shift from last week:
- 4.1 Million Hours Watched (55.2% less than last week)
- 73,646 Average CCV (20% less than last week)
- 129,289 Peak CCV (19% less than last week)
- 56.6 Hours of Airtime (43.7% less than last week)
As we can see, it’s been an overall fall for xQc, largely due to a huge decrease in Airtime. The Canadian streamed 43.9 hours (43.7%) less than the previous week, which resulted in an overall 55.2% fall in Hours Watched.
Although, there was also a slight decline in overall viewership, with both his average and peak CCV falling. This could be due to the lack of his usual schedule, or external factors, it’s difficult to tell.
However, despite all of these drops, he still ranked second in hours watched by a solid margin - meaning it really does take a 24/7 stream to take down this Twitch star.
Esports continues to thrive
The world of Esports continues to grow on Twitch, with four of the top six being inhibited by esports channels, all of which saw noticeable growth this week.
Here are some of the biggest shifts in Twitch Esports:
- 2.7 Million Hours Watched on ESL_CSGO (27.3% increase from last week)
- 2.6 Million Hours Watched on LEC (20.7% increase from last week)
- 2.5 Million Hours Watched on Rainbow6 (47.8% increase from last week)
- 2.3 Million Hours Watched on RocketLeague (88.2% increase from last week)
- Highest Average CCV of 87,450 (League of Legends)
- Highest Peak CCV of 381.750 (League of Legends)
This week saw Dota 2 fall out of the top 10, with the Singapore Major event ending, however, CSGO, League of Legends, Rainbow Six, and Rocket League all thrived, gaining anywhere from 20% to 88% more hours watched.
All these channels show just how vital esports is to Twitch, and vice versa. We’ll no doubt see esports continue to grow on the platform, but we may see different channels rise and fall as different tournaments take place.