Recent years have witnessed a surge in the number of YouTube Gaming subscribers as one of the most popular platforms to watch, share, and engage in trending videos and live streams.
With millions of people choosing an online video to gain information about their favourite games, especially amid the coronavirus lockdown, the year 2020 delivered new records in the number of hours eSports fans spent watching the gaming titles on the popular video-sharing platform.
According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, YouTube Gaming was watched for a cumulative 1.6bn hours in the third quarter of 2020, an 131% jump year-over-year.
More than 4.3 Billion Hours Watched in 2020
In the second quarter of 2018, YouTube users spent a cumulative 427.8 million hours watching the gaming titles, revealed the Statista and Streamlabs data. By the end of the year, this figure jumped by almost 90% to 808.9 million. Although the first three quarters of 2019 witnessed a slight decrease, with the total number of hours watched on YouTube Gaming floating around 730 million, this figure peaked at 952.8 million in the fourth quarter of the year.
Between January and March 2020, the combined number of hours people spent watching the gaming titles on YouTube jumped over 1 billion for the first time and continued growing. In June, it rose to over 1.5 billion, a 40% increase in three months.
Statistics show that YouTube Gaming Live was watched for more than 4.3 billion hours between January and September, 38% more than in the entire 2019.
Number of hours watched on YouTube Gaming Live worldwide from 2nd quarter 2018 to 3rd quarter 2020 (in millions)
The Number of Viewers Jumped by 75% in 2020
Besides a considerable increase in the time subscribers spent watching YouTube gaming titles, the popular video-sharing platform also witnessed significant growth in the number of viewers since the beginning of the year.
In December 2019, the average number of viewers on YouTube Gaming amounted to 431.5 million. By the end of March, this figure rose to just under 500 million. However, in the next three months, the YouTube Gaming user base surged by almost 40% reaching 695.5 million average viewers in June. Statistics indicate the number of people watching YouTube gaming channels hit 758.6 million in September, a 75% increase since the beginning of the year.
The Streamlabs data also showed that a 31-year old Swedish YouTuber, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjællberg, known as PewDiePie, tops the list of the most popular YouTube gaming channels with 107 million subscribers as of October. The 27-year old gaming YouTube star from El Salvador, Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado, known as Fernanfloo, ranked second with 38.2 million subscribers.
A 31-year old Samuel de Luque, known as Vegetta777, the American gamer-commentator Markiplier, and the Canadian video game commentator Evan “VanossGaming” Fong follow with 31.3 million, 27.1 million, and 25.3 million subscribers, respectively.