Time to take a day off.
Viewers have started to boycottt Twitch in large numbers after an online campaign to ditch the site dubbed ‘A Day Off Twitch’ went viral.
The protests come during a very difficult time for the website, with ‘hate raids’ proving to be a lightning rod in the community. These have led to some streamers being overwhelmed with abusive and sometimes racist language.
Players have been calling for swift and strong action against these, despite repeated responses from Twitch chiefs that action will soon be taken to prevent them.
In their latest attempt to force faster changes on the platform, a boycott has been organized and it’s fair to say it is hitting viewership hard.
The full extent of the damage may not yet be on record, but early signs show that Twitch was taking one hell of a hit on September 1.
As seen in a tweet from Zach Bussey, preliminary data shows up to 5,000 few streamers were online at the time of writing.
He said: “According to charts from TwitchTracker, there are *currently* about 5000 fewer streamers live right now than last week and ~500,000 fewer viewers. (That’s a significant drop.)”