According to a recent report from 123scommesse.it, 8.8 billion hours of video games was streamed during the first quarter of 2021 on three major platforms: Youtube Gaming, Twitch, and Facebook Gaming. This represents an 80% increase year-over-year from the first quarter of 2020.
“Last year, eSports fans spent a record number of hours watching the gaming titles on the popular video-sharing platforms. The Streamlabs and Stream Hatched data showed viewers worldwide watched 27.9 billion hours of content across all platforms in 2020, up 78.5% from 15.6 billion hours in 2019,” writes Jastra Karnjek. “The total hours watched on YouTube Gaming doubled in 2020 and hit 6.19 billion. Facebook Gaming nearly tripled the number of hours watched last year, with the figure rising to 3.1 billion, up from 1.09 billion in 2019.”
In the first three months of 2021, Twitch reported 6.3 billion hours of streams watched. YouTube Gaming was second with 1.4 billion hours of watched streams, followed by Facebook Gaming with 1.1 billion hours.