Game Bits: Twitch Sets New Hours Record, The Leadership Shake-Ups At Gaming Companies Continue At Ubisoft Massive

According to StreamElement’s monthly data report, put together with its analytics partner, Twitch has set a new record for viewership for the fourth time this year.
In May 2021, Twitch users watched 2.2 billion hours overall, up 37% year-over-year and slightly above April’s 2.2 billion hours.
Although Facebook Gaming didn’t set records, it still surpassed 400 million hours watched and grew 23% year-over-year.
As measured by hours watched, Jut Chat, Grand Theft Auto 5, and League of Legends continued to be the most popular categories in May, but there were some changes further down the chart.
Apex Legends found itself in ninth place with hours watched up 33% to 61 million, while Resident Evil Village made its debut in the top 10 with 48 million hours watched. After a 19% increase month-over-month, Value was the fourth most watched category with 95 million hours watched in May 2021.

David Polfeldt is moving to a different role with Ubisoft Massive.
A memo sent to Ubisoft staff today revealed that Polfeldt will step down from his current role on July 1 to take a sabbatical, returning to the company in 2022 in a new strategic position.
According to a memo from Ubisoft, the next head of the studio will take over in October 2021, but Ubisoft cannot announce them yet to avoid problems with their current employer.
Massive has been with Polfeldt for 17 years, and he has been managing director for 12 of those years.
The studio is behind The Division series, as well as two upcoming collaborations with Disney: a Star Wars open-world game and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
In a post on the Massive website, Polfeldt said, “When we signed Star Wars and built Eden in 2020, I felt like I had accomplished everything I once dreamed of.
Based on The Division, Avatar, Snowdrop, and Ubisoft Connect, the studio is in great shape, and I am incredibly grateful for what we have achieved together.
This is the third studio at Ubisoft to see leadership change in four months. Kolibri Games announced departures of the CEO and CTO in March, while Ubisoft Owlient studio managers Charlie Guillemot and Rémi Pellerin stepped down in May 2021.
A series of high-profile departures and firings occurred across Ubisoft studios last year as a result of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct reported by various leaders and the human resources department.

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