MILLIONS WATCH ARABIC-LANGUAGE TWITCH STREAMS IN RECORD YEAR FOR GCC GAMING
OFFICIAL STATISTICS FROM TWITCH REVEAL MORE THAN 4.4 MILLION WATCHED ARABIC CONTENT IN 2020, WITH THE NUMBER OF STREAMS INCREASING BY 221.3% FROM FEBRUARY TO MAY PEAK
Millions of viewers tuned in to Arabic-language Twitch streams in 2020 during a record year for GCC gaming, new figures have revealed. More than 4.4 million fans watched thousands of channels across the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia, with figures spiking to 556,391 views in May as millions stayed home due to strict COVID social distancing rules.
The video site – which allows users to broadcast their gameplay live to fans around the world – recorded a total of 252,850 active streams throughout the year from countries across the region. During March, Twitch streams in Arabic increased by 95.3% year-on-year and 36.9% compared to the previous month, while in April the yearly increase was 109.9%.
Following a slowing in viewers as lockdown restrictions eased at the end of summer, the figures are once again on the rise with 436,291 gaming fans tuning in during November, followed by 572,143 in
December. The figures point to a gaming surge across the Middle East, with many of the top players coming from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
The Mddle East and North Africa region has the world’s most active gaming community and – at 25% year-on-year growth – as become the fastest growing online gaming population in the entire world.