2014-06-19

World Cup Football?

Yesterday Skype went over 80 million concurrent users online. Steven Schoen from Hawaii was wondering if the World Cup Football (wrongly called soccer in some countries ;-) could be an explanation. The World Cup begun on June 12, with Brazil playing against Croatia. My kids being half Brazilians I was happy for them with the score, but I have to admit that a draw could have been justified.

Back to Skype … I made a copy of the only “users online” evolution graph available for the time being through “Aaytch”:
And yes indeed, there seems to be a rise in Skype usage from that date on. Coincidence or cause and effect? Do people call each other more before, during and after the match? Do they stream the match through their webcam?

If it is a World Cup effect, we will see a Skype usage the final match, taking into account that during Northern Hemisphere summer there is usually a strong drop in Skype users online.

4 comments:

Mikael said...

Could be: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-06-02-microsoft-wants-you-to-watch-the-world-cup-on-your-xbox-one
But are there enough xbox ones to make a difference?

Jean Mercier said...

Hey Mikael,

Probably not, but several combined actions of that style could be part of the explanation.

Thanks for the comment,

Jean

Pascal KOTTE said...

Well, how can have more 60 millions concurrent online users, with "only" 2 Millions registered users ???
see
http://blogs.skype.com/2014/05/01/the-skype-community-welcomes-its-2000000th-user/
OK I see, that is the Skype community, so we got less 4% people with the share spirit/time ;-)

Jean Mercier said...

Thanks Pascal to let me know that Skype published "a number", doesn't happen that often anymore. :-(