U.S. Election Coverage Pushes HasanAbi to the Top of Twitch
While linear TV networks were farming around-the-clock election coverage for major ratings, streamers took to Twitch to do the same, leading to an explosion in the Just Chatting category, and helping a political streamer reach the top of the platform.
It was also another big week for indie titles on Twitch with both Among Us and Brawlhalla making appearances.
Twitch’s Top Channel – HasanAbi
Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker is one of Twitch’s most popular political streamers. Like many streamers, Piker spent much of last week following the United States election coverage. This allowed him to catapult to the top of the charts, generating 8.01M hours watched. Piker was the only politics-focused streamer to break into the Top 10.
One other notable appearance on the list was indie platform fighter Brawlhalla, which hosted part of its world championship and a developer livestream last week. This weekend was the championship tournament for doubles, with the main singles event scheduled for later this month Brawlhalla is a unique title in that its free-to-play model is a rarity in the fighting game genre. The game currently averages roughly 17K players, making it the most-played fighting game on Steam.
Twitch’s Top Content – Just Chatting
While Piker was the only political streamer to crack the Top 10, numerous streamers were locked into the election on Tuesday and in the following days. While Twitch has a Politics category, it goes largely unused, even by Piker. Instead, streamers utilize the same catch-all category they do for most non-gaming content – Just Chatting.
Thanks to so many streamers turning to the category at once, Just Chatting generated more than 60M hours watched in a single week, putting it at nearly double that of League of Legends in second place.