Twitch releases a comic book to celebrate its past year


Twitch has released a digital comic to celebrate its 2017 retrospective.

Last year’s retrospective was an interactive video game, but this year’s comic book aligns with Twitch’s creative side. As you can probably expect, the media company reached a ton of milestones across all of its endeavors.

Over the entirety of 2017, Twitch viewers watched 355 billion minutes of content and created 124 million clips. That’s up 63 billion minutes from 2016, which was already up 50 billion from 2015, according to last year’s stats. The site got at least 15 million unique daily viewers, who’ve amassed more than 30 million dollars for charity. Since last year, Twitch has seen a 223 percent increase in the creators that make money on the streaming service, which is likely due to Twitch’s affiliate program.

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Of course, we can’t forget emotes: Kappa reigns supreme as the top global emote on Twitch, followed by PogChamp, 4Head, MrDestructoid, SwiftRage, OpieOP, PJSalt, <3, Keepo, and EleGiggle. As for new emotes, Squid2, BlessRNG, LUL, KonCha, and TheIlluminati have gotten pretty popular.

Twitch’s most popular games in 2017 include PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds at number one, followed by Fortnite, Destiny 2, FIFA 18, For Honor, Call of Duty: WW2, Friday the 13th, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Resident Evil: Biohazard, and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.

A few content milestones were reached in 2017, too. ELEAGUE’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major grand final reached more than one million viewers, while League of Legends star Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok topped 245,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch. (That number has already been surpassed by Dr. DisRespect less than two months into 2018.)

The full comic is available on Twitch.