Strange artifacts in population streaming

I wrote a very simple python script to track the viewer count of the most popular games being streamed and I immediately noticed some strange behavior going on over time. I attached a plot of viewer count for a 5 minute period below, the structure I’m talking about is the jagged structure of viewer counts over time. Has anyone seen something like this before? Is this some artifact of how the viewer count is reported in the request? Or maybe I overlooked something in my script? I just thought it was very curious!

This is probably due to a mix of load balancing and caching, meaning you have some small discrepancies.

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