People Watched Nearly 2000 Years of Twitch Plays Pokémon

When Twitch Plays Pokémon started back in February, nobody thought it would explode like a poorly packaged batch of acetone peroxide. For that matter, nobody expected that it would have such a cultural impact, reach millions of nostalgia-thirsty gamer’s and, in the end, teach us a lesson or two about the power of crowd-sourcing.

It wasn’t a fluke, though. How could a combination of Pokémon Red/Blue, online multiplayer and intrusive voyeurism possibly fail? It couldn’t, and didn’t. People love playing classic games, and if YouTube’s growing list of Let’s Play “stars” is any indication, they love watching them just as much. 

According to Polygon, a Twitch representative dropped some nifty stats regarding the popularity of Twitch Plays Pokémon at PAX Prime. And frankly, they’re pretty impressive.

  • At one point, Twitch Plays Pokémon had over 120,000 simultaneous viewers. That’s enough people to fill the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkataone of the biggest stadiums in the world — to capacity.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon received a total of 9 million unique views. That’s enough people to populate an entire country — just take a look at Sweden, Bolivia and Dominican Republic.
  • Over a billion minutes were spent watching the Twitch Plays Pokémon stream. That’s 1901 years worth of time. Interestingly, that long ago is when John wrote the Book of Revelation, predicting the end of the world and probably not a bunch of people watching another bunch of people play a video game.
  • During Twitch Plays Pokémon, over 50 million messages were sent via the chat box. Converted to hate mail, that’s almost enough messages to wither Kanye’s ego.

If you’ve been hibernating or just woke up from a coma, read about Twitch Plays Pokémon here and learn about one of the industry’s wildest and most unorganized events.