Twitch Year-In-Review Names Overwatch As 2016's Most Watched New Game

Twitch Year-In-Review Names Overwatch As 2016's Most Watched New Game

Twitch offers its 2016 year-in-review.

Streaming service Twitch has released its look back over the year that was 2016. Instead of a basic infographic for this year, Twitch has crafted an entire retrospective experience. Players can either "play" the experience as a guest and get boilerplate Twitch facts for the year, or you can sign into Twitch for a more tailored experience.

Some of the facts were expected, if still interesting. Overwatch was the most watched new game of 2016 on the service, by a large margin apparently. Pokemon Go was the first mobile game to sit on top of the Twitch charts and this year's most watched clip, with over 881,000 views, involves Niantic's mobile hit.

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Harvest Moon homage Stardew Valley was also one of the more popular new games of the last year. Alongside the indie hit was Uncharted 4 as the biggest PlayStation 4 title and No Man's Sky, which had an amazing start on the service before life happened.

Twitch had a number of popular mainstays for the year, including Minecraft, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Hearthstone. Twitch saw noticeable spikes in Hearthstone viewership anytime a new expansion or deck launched. Most of them probably involve Kripparrian, one of the biggest Hearthstone streamers worldwide.

Then there are the numbers, showing us just how widespread Twitch use is:

  • 292 billion minutes watched
  • 2.2 million unique streamers
  • 14.2 billion chat messages sent
  • 590 million Bits cheered
  • 153 million Whispers sent
  • 1+ million free channel subscriptions used
  • 413 million Kappas used -- most used emote
  • 10% of chats use AutoMod
  • $25.3 million raised for charity
  • Finland -- country with the most use of Friends
  • 35,000 TwitchCon total attendance

Here's to another year of people playing games while others watch!

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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