For Twitch and Facebook, 2020 was a good year, with both platforms ending December with records in hours of streaming views, but YouTube Gaming leads the list. The report reveals that the first months of 2020 were weaker, but the rest of the year was a kind of “rocket” compared to the hours viewed in stream due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to StreamElements report, with data from Arsenal.gg, it was up to YouTube to top the list, with 100 billion hours viewed. The data, which points to an “impressive year”, reveals even more than 40 million active gaming channels in 2020.
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The livestreaming platform Twitch recorded 17 billion hours of stream viewed in 2020. These numbers mean an increase of 83% compared to 2019, when the value was set at nine billion.
Streamer Félix Lengyel, better known as xQcOW, ends the year as Twitch’s most popular. The 25-year-old Internet celebrity was followed for 150 million hours of streaming in 2020.
Despite the good numbers of Twitch, Facebook Gaming was the one that grew the most in 2020. With 388 million hours monitored in December, the social network platform registered a growth of 166% in the whole year compared to 2019. Despite the service American streaming video DLive did not close the month of December with a record, it also grew significantly over the past year.
The pandemic helps explain these positive numbers for platforms. In a year marked by COVID-19, in addition to the various events that went online, users themselves spent more time at home, following more streams.