Gamers have spent 8.4 billion hours watching Twitch so far this year



Last year, eSports players and fans around the world watched a record-breaking 27.9 billion hours of content across all live-streaming platforms, 78% more than before the pandemic. As the world’s leading community for gamers, Twitch led the audience in live broadcasts, with a total of 18.4 billion hours watched in 2020.

However, after setting another record for most hours watched in a quarter with 5.4 billion hours watched in Q4 2020, Twitch’s viewer number has continued to grow significantly this year.

According to the data presented by, spent by viewers around the world 8.4 billion hours watching content on Twitch since January, nearly 40% more compared to the same period in 2020.

Twitch Accounted for 70% of Total Hours Watched on All Streaming Platforms in Q1 2021

In recent years, Twitch’s audience has grown significantly. Between 2012 and 2019, the number of hours spent by viewers around the world watching Twitch content jumped from 1.2 billion to 11 billion.

As people turn to video games to keep them entertained and socialize with lockdowns, this number will climb to 18.7 billion hours by 2020. However, by 2021, the numbers will rise even higher, with Twitch which sets a new record for the number of hours watched in a quarter.

TwitchTracker data showed 6.3 billion hours were watched on the platform in the first quarter of 2021, the highest audience engagement on the streaming platform to date. Moreover, that is 70% of the total time watched on all streaming platforms during this period.

In April, eSports players and fans spent another 2.1 billion hours watching content on the streaming platform, with a total number of hours hitting 8.4 billion in the first week of May.

SimilarWeb data revealed that the United States accounts for nearly 23% of Twitch’s global traffic. Germany ranked as the second largest market with an additional 6.7% share. Canada, France, and Russia followed with 4.4%, 4.3%, and 4%share in global traffic, respectively.

Grand Theft Auto V tops the total time watched

Statistics are displayed Grand Theft Auto V the most -watched Twitch game, with a total of 235.7 million hours watched in the last month. League of Legends ranked second with more than 156 million hours watched in the last 30 days, while Call of Duty: Warzone followed by 100.1 million hours.

As the most streamed and fourth most-watched game on Twitch, Fortnite saw a 17% drop last month, with the total number of watched hours slipping to 94.8 million.

However, Call of Duty: Warzone leading the ranking of games with the largest raks of spectators in the last 30 days. Statistics show the popular battle royal game hit 1.6 million peak viewers, followed by Grand Theft Auto V and League of Legends with 1.1 million and 906 thousand peak viewers, respectively.

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Chris Price

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