As of today, messaging has been added to the Twitch Stream Manager indicating that the “views” count along the top of the page will be removed on April 14, 2022. For further information regarding how this change affects broadcasters, please see the Stream Stats section of the Stream Manager Twitch Help Article.
“views” counts the number of times a channel page is loaded on a desktop browser and is not inclusive of the mobile experience or related to watching video content. Since this metric does not tell an accurate story of viewership and can be misleading, this service is being deprecated. We want to make sure the stats creators see accurately reflect their live audience and engaged community – this statistic does not meet this standard. We recognize that some creators may be disappointed to see this statistic go because it’s a number that always goes up and it’s used to celebrate “lifetime” milestones. This is not lost on our product team and they’re currently discussing how we could support lifetime metrics in the future.
Removal of the underlying service that calculates “views” has an impact on the “Get Users” endpoint as this value is delivered as “view_count” in the response.
Beginning April 15, 2022, the data in “view_count” will not be updated and will contain stale data.
At a later time, we will remove the “view_count” field from the Get Users response payload entirely. This announcement will be updated when a date is selected to remove the field, which will take into account a timeline of several weeks to minimize the impact on third-party applications.
All developers who use the “Get Users” API endpoint and utilize the “view_count” value in their application.
Developers who are displaying this data or use it for other purposes such as sorting, should update their application to no longer rely on this data as it will not be updated and eventually removed.