eSports Outpacing Olympics Viewers Online

Move over Michael Phelps.

Recode reports that “Online Olympic video streaming is big, but not as big as eSports.”

Sandvine, the broadband services company that occasionally provides snapshots of internet usage, says that through the first couple days of the Olympics, usage of Twitch, Amazon’s live gaming platform, occupied more bandwidth than Olympics streaming did.”

“That is: eSports appears to be more popular than real sports, at least online.”

Indeed, Sandvine writes: “Rio 2016: Twitch Wins Sports Streaming Gold, Olympics Win Silver.” Here is their chart of “Twitch and Olympic Streaming Traffic Comparison:”

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