Forced or encouraged to stay at home, users heat the servers of online gaming services. Both in the world and in Italy, their uses are experiencing a real boom.
The online video game winner of the Covid-19 pandemic. While authorities around the world decide to contain populations or recommend moving as little as possible, the traffic in certain services explodes. This is particularly the case for Twitch and Fortnite game.
The global audience on Twitch indeed almost doubled during this month of March, with an average simultaneous audience of 2.2 million people. According to eSports Charts, it was only 1.18 million spectators in February and March 2018. The most famous games are League of Legends, Fortnite and GTA V. 28,464,690 hours were viewed just for League of Legends.
What about SVOD services?
Bloomberg explains for its part that Telecom Italia has seen a 70% increase in its traffic, said its boss Luigi Gutibosi this Wednesday March 11 during a teleconference with financial analysts; with him, “a large contribution from online games like Fortnite.”
Many observers imagine that SVOD services like Netflix or Prime Video are also experiencing peak usage during this period. However, none of them have communicated on this phenomenon as of yet. Difficult indeed for a brand to rejoice when the number of victims of the coronavirus continues to increase.
On October 20, 2019, it is the ruin among Netflix lovers and users: the rumor is circulating that the online video game will stop the show’s demise. Note: You may not be able to share your friend’s or your partner’s account. In any case, that is what has demanded major titles in the name. But this is not true.
It started with an article from American newspaper The Daily Dot, which said: “Netflix will restrict password sharing”. In this article, the author explains that Netflix has the number of apps that can use the same story at the same time. But right now the database is regulating how many apps can register an account.
Not planning to change anything
It builds on its controversy over the traditional show from the Netflix cast. But according to author Marie Turcan of Numerama on Twitter, Netflix’s appeal is not overly dramatic. Indeed, in this video conference, they answer the following question: “We’re talking about Netflix accounts sharing and stealing passwords … Netflix is growing, this could be scary ? How do you address this question, without harming your users? ”
Greg Peters, product manager, says, “We are looking at all of this. But for now, we have no plans to change anything at this level”. There is no promise to open the sharing of stories. However in its story the Daily dot overinterprets and ends up holding Netflix to this problem.
And the fact that the newspaper knew, though not until some time since the conference, that the French newspapers had many names. A free-for-air facility in 2019 previously, approved by the company. Your Netflix and chill companies will always have a future ahead of them.
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