Twitch hit a record of 17 billion hours watched in 2020

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2020 was a big year for Twitch, Facebook Gaming, Youtube Gaming, and other streaming platforms. And the reason behind the massive growth of live-streaming last year was nothing but the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Last year saw the massive growth in viewership traffic on Twitch with the enormous number of 17 billion hours watched in total, which is a full 83% higher than 2019’s 9 billion hours watched, according to the recent report from StreamElements and Arsenal. gg. Notably, Twitch ended 2020 with a milestone-setting December when 1.7 billion hours were watched. 

Twitch hit a record of 17 billion hours watched in 2020

Twitch hit a record of 17 billion hours watched in 2020

The jump in hours watched was also recorded in Facebook Gaming and YouTube Gaming as well. Both of them posted their best numbers ever in 2020. 

Facebook Gaming ended 2020 with 3.59 billion hours watched, seeing an increase of 166% year-over-year from 1.35 billion. For Youtube, there were 10 billion hours watched in 2020.

The reason behind the massive growth in viewership traffic on Twitch or Facebook Gaming was largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic keeping people at home. That’s why it’s said that the pandemic gave live-streaming the best year ever, according to theverge.com.

Top 10 categories by hours watched on Twitch in 2020

Twitch hit a record of 17 billion hours watched in 2020

Top 10 categories by hours watched on Twitch in 2020 (Source: StreamElements and Arsenal.gg)

By hitting over 1.9 billion hours of watch time, Just Chatting was the most-watched content on Twitch during 2020, followed by League of Legends and Fortnite with 1.4 billion and 904 million hours watched, respectively. Grand Theft Auto V and Valorant placed fourth and fifth on the overall rankings for most-watched categories in 2020. Here’s the full list of top 10:

  1. Just Chatting

  2. League of Legends

  3. Fortnite

  4. Grand Theft Auto V

  5. VALIANT

  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  7. CS: GO 

  8. Dota 2 

  9. Minecraft

  10. World of Warcraft

See also: Ping test online: How to get a good ping for gamers 

Sources:

theverge.com/2021/1/11/22220528/twitch-2020-aoc-among-us-facebook-youtube

dotesports.com/streaming/news/twitch-reportedly-totals-17-billion-hours-watched-in-2020-facebook-gaming-hits-3-59-billion