Twitch viewership dipped this month, unless you’re looking beyond games

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Overall Twitch viewership shrank slightly in July, and streams of top games like League of Legends and Fortnite fell with it. But in other corners of Twitch, viewership is still growing: the platform’s “Just Chatting” category saw millions more hours watched, and there were increases in Twitch’s “Creative” and “Music & Performing Arts” categories, too.

Just Chatting grew to 176 million hours watched in July, up from 166 million in June, according to the latest streaming report from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg, and it remains the biggest section on Twitch. Meanwhile, the games mentioned above fell by 5 to 6 percent in viewership. Fortnite remains in third place with 91 million hours watched, down from 95 million in June.

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