The Game Awards 2017 Triples Viewers

If you watched this year’s The Game Awards on Twitch, Steam, or other medium, you may have just helped create a new record.

That’s because according to the show’s report, there were a total of 11.5 million live viewers watching on Dec 7. That number is up a staggering 202 percent from last year’s numbers, which only saw 3.8 million viewers tuning in. And if you also consider the show’s first appearance in 2014, there were only 1.9 million viewers watching.

Part of the show’s success this year is due to the number of websites streaming the show. In the US alone, viewers could tune in via Facebook Live, GameSpot, IGN, PlayStation Store, Mixer, Steam, Twitch, Twitter, and Youtube. Meanwhile, KakaoTV and AfreecaTV in South Korea, NicoNico in Japan, UOL Jogos in Brazil, Igromania in Russia, and Tencent in China streamed the show live for their viewers in their respective countries.

Also new this year is the show’s increased interactivity with its audience. Seventy percent of Twitch viewers interacted with the Twitch Extension, allowing them to make predictions in real time. And out of all those viewers, 3,522 of them correctly guessed all of the winners announced during the show.

Steam also helped retain viewers this year with their game giveaway. Those who watched through Steam were eligible to win a game every 15 minutes, with 100 winners picked per round. The games up for grabs were The Game Awards nominees like Cuphead and Slime Rancher. As a result, average viewing time per user increased to 70 minutes.

If you missed the show last week, don’t fret: you can watch a recording of the show on-demand on Youtube.

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