COVID-19: Twitch first-time download increase 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic that spread across the world at the beginning of 2020 was not only a big threat to public health, but also to the entire entertainment industry. While cinemas and theaters closed their doors to try to stem the spread of the disease, many people turned to home entertainment and eSports during periods of self-isolation. As people turned to eSports to get their fix of live entertainment, downloads of the streaming platform Twitch increased across the world. First-time downloads of the app increased by 50 percent week over week in Greece and 41 percent in Italy, a country hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

Increase in first-time downloads of Twitch as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide as of March 2020, by country

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Release date

March 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of March 16, 2020

Special properties

compared to the previous week's downloads

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