Each week we feature our “Friday Top Five” stories, which highlight five things we thought were interesting, notable, or culturally significant. This week we are showcasing stories on Twitch, gaming in the Olympics, Apples’ WWDC, Linkedin Learning, and how to help drive culture in a distributed environment.
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Story-1:: Twitch breaks 5 Billion Hours of Stream in Q2
Overview: According to Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet, Twitch saw a 62.7% increase in hours watched from Q1 2020 to reach 5 billion hours watched in the second quarter. They broke records for hours streamed, unique channels and average concurrent viewership in Q2, the report found.
Why It Matters: For a while now, Streaming was only considered something that the Gen-Y / Gammer generation participated in. However, thanks to Covid, everyone is getting onboard, consuming and creating. Which leads me to my selfish plug, go follow Dailey Blend and me on Twitch at twitch.tv/daileyblend and twitch.tv/reeddailey. Alright, back to the story at hand. Industries that are likely going to be impacted as a result of awareness and acceptance of streaming and private streams/meetings (Zoom, Teams, Meet, Bluejeans) are going to be conferences, mid and small sized entertainment venues, and terrestrial television. Eyes and ears are going to migrate to streaming platforms for on demand content and from a corporate standpoint, it will be a reduction in cost to attend or participate.
Story-2:: Why the Olympics should add esports
Overview: Unlike the Olympics, where no corporation owns the rights to ‘insert any sport,’ where as all esports companies own the IP associated with the game itself. As a result, the IOC would not have carte blanche when making decisions about how to represent the games, programming, licensing rights and other factors it has enjoyed for a long time.
Why It Matters: This is less about should the Olympics consider eSports as part of their coverage. And more really about where have all the younger viewers gone. If you look at the stats from Sports Business Journal, the average age of a viewer is up across the board. This is likely as a result of teen and early 20’s mostly glued to their phone and not necessarily consuming the game via standard channels and or in full. Rather individuals are consuming their content on their device and looking at other ways to spend their time.
Story-3:: Apple WWDC Update
Overview: The new WWDC has come and gone and the new announcements were across the following Apple OS: OS, WatchOS, iOS 14, iPad OS, and AppleTV OS. In addition to the OS changes, Apple Announced they will be making their own Chips, also know as Apple Silicon.
Why It Matters: When you to the past, you can often predict the future. In the case of Apple, they have long be a late to the party, but when the arrive, the music just seems to play a little bit louder, people are just a little bit more excited. What exactly do I mean? Well, if you look at what Apple has done with the UI and by allowing iOS and iPad OS apps to work on a Mac, it is a signal to me that they are moving to merge all platforms at some point, which might also mean they will move to some sort of touch screen laptop of sort. While many probably yawned at the mention of Apple’s own silicon, I am extremely excited for this new in-house capability. While I like many others are now using machines that are obsolete, it is going to me devices that perform better and Apple will control the focus of the chip development to align with say, I don’t know their AR/VR platform. Thanks to Apple moving into their services business a few years back, I think it safe to say Apple’s roadmap looks as strong as ever.
Story-4:: Microsoft & Linkedin Roll out more free training
Overview: Microsoft identified ten high-demand jobs and is offering no-charge LinkedIn Learning Career Paths for these roles. These are amazing resources and will be free through March of 2021. I have listed the links to those shows on DaileyBlend.com and in the show notes.
Why It Matters: Microsoft bought Linkedin for ~$25B a few years back, and not only did this purchase help strengthen their CRM solution, it also helped introduce a massive amount of training to the individuals at organizations that have long be under resourced to provide it themselves. Through Linkedin and the Linkedin Learning Platform, MS is yet again, showcasing why they have a long-term strategy playbook and why they are brand to stay close with as they keep rolling out feature and functional that helps inform and educate the work of today and tomorrow.
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Story-5:: How Leaders Can Increase Engagement While People Are Working From Home
Overview: Scott Edinger showcases through research and data why leaders need to understand that there is a tremendous opportunity to increase employee engagement and commitment right now. He also highlight some tactics that we can all take to be better communicators and increase engagement and foster a sense of community.
Why It Matters: We are in an interesting time, Covid has been a massive accelerant for organizations and individuals to become more technologically enabled. Tools like Teams, Slack, Google Meet are great for engagement and get us out of email and phone calls. But there are still generational gaps and life-long operating procedures that cause hiccups with using these tools to drive massive change at organizations. In the next year, companies need to take a look at the tools and tactics being used and provide a set of guiding principles to help standardize these communication styles to ensure everyone is on the same page and that you are maximizing engagement across the org.