World of Warcraft shot up Twitch viewer charts following Dragonflight’s release

StreamElements’ State of the Stream shows that Twitch viewers are in action for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight in December 2022.

The year 2022 may be over, but it had another big rush in live streaming as Twitch viewers watched the most popular games during the holiday break. One of the most popular was none other than World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, the latest major expansion of the popular MMORPG. StreamElements has just released its State of the Stream report for December 2022 and the data shows that Dragon Flight was the most viewed topic on Twitch for the entire month, behind only Just Chatting and Grand Theft Auto 5. is behind


StreamElements released its State of the Stream report for December 2022 on January 19, 2023 with data from its analytics partner December 2022 saw Twitch cap an impressive year of viewership, not as high as the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but overall at 1.6 billion hours watched. Pre-epidemic viewership is still high. World of Warcraft was a notable contributor, ranking third in the top ten categories with 74 million hours watched. It comes on the back of the Dragon Flight expansion which saw the addable dragons added to the game as well as other fun ones.

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StreamElements State of the Stream December 2022 Twitch Top Ten.
World of Warcraft: Dragonflight was a huge driver of the game’s viewership on Twitch during December 2022.
Source: StreamElements

December 2022 live stream viewership also had some more interesting data points to uncover. Escape from Tarkov had a huge month with the Pre-Wipe event giving players the chance to jump into the game in a frenzy and drive for good viewing throughout the month. The game saw a massive 455% increase in viewership in December with 39 million hours watched. Similarly, Fortnite saw a surge in numbers with its winter events that wowed viewers and players alike as the game offered various experiences and freebies.

With 2022 locked in and 2023 gaming in full swing before us, it will be interesting to see how live stream viewership continues this year. Be sure to check out StreamElements for more information and stay tuned for more State of the Stream reporting here on Shacknews.

TJ Denzer is a gamer and writer with a passion for games that has dominated his entire life. He found his way onto the Shake News roster in late 2019 and has since worked his way up to senior news editor. In between news coverage, he notably contributes to live stream projects such as the indie game-focused Indie-licious, Shacknews Stimulus Games, and Shacknews Dump. You can reach him at [email protected] and also find him on Twitter. @JohnnyChugs.


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