Video Game Usage is Up 75% Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak

With the outbreak of COVID-19 encouraging more and more people to self-isolate, it seems a lot of people have been turning to video games to keep themselves busy while locked in their homes. In the U.S., video game usage has reportedly gone up by 75% during peak hours since the quarantine started last week. Video streaming has gone up by 12%, as well.

This really isn’t surprising, seeing as video gaming is just one of the fun activities that anyone can enjoy from the comforts of their home.

According to a new report from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg that monitor live-streaming usages, global viewership has also increased on different platforms within the past week.

“Comparing the most recent weekend and Monday to the same timeframe the previous week, Twitch viewership increased 10% and YouTube Gaming went up by 15%, both of which reflect the popularity of the live-streaming medium now that people are consuming higher volumes of entertainment from home,” shares Doron Nir, CEO of StreamElements.

Have you been gaming more than usual due to COVID-19? Which games are you playing at the moment? Share them with us!

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