If you’ve followed Twitch and its rules, you probably know how strict the rules have become regarding licensed music and DMCA takedowns on the streaming platform over the past year. Twitch has provided a few solutions, but many streamers still have to take exorbitant care to ensure their content doesn’t get claimed or hit. You’d think this would hamper music-specific streaming, but according to StreamElements and Rainmaker.gg’s recent State of the Stream report for May, music streaming on Twitch has actually increased month-over-month.
StreamElements has published its May 2021 State of Stream Report on June 17, 2021, with data from analytics partner Rainmaker.gg. He understood a lot of statistics. On the one hand, Resident Evil Village has beaten the top ten categories, having launched last month. For two, and perhaps more surprisingly, music flows are growing. DJs, indie music scenes and the arrival of Rolling Stone on Twitch in March led to huge growth in music streams throughout May – over 25 million hours watched.
It was in October 2020 that Twitch streamers saw a sudden influx of DMCA takedowns on their VOD logs, in some cases forcing the removal of hundreds of hours of content. It followed the final release of Soundtrack by Twitchwhich was supposed to provide a DMCA-compliant solution for music while streaming, and Twitch itself apologized and share information on how to avoid content claims, but the situation still puts a worrying damper on the possibility of streaming music.
That said, it looks like a few months after these issues happened and the community got acclimated, the music is louder than ever on Twitch. From indie to established musical talent, people everywhere are keeping the beat alive on the most popular streaming platform and it will be interesting to see if the category continues to grow with bands like Rolling Stone getting involved. officially in the streaming scene.