Games remain one of the main pillars of online entertainment, as is evident from the YouTube statistics for 2020.
And there were 10 billion of those hours of live streaming via YouTube Gaming, which is a strong sign that the Google-owned platform is gearing up to be a formidable competitor to Twitch, which is owned by Amazon.
(Ryan Wyatt), global president of game partnerships at Google and president of games at YouTube, had some other interesting stats to share.
According to the numbers, Minecraft was the most-watched game on YouTube by a large margin, with more than 200 billion views from live broadcasts and uploaded videos viewed this year.
The next most-viewed game across the platform was Roblox with 75 billion views, followed by Garena Free Fire with 72 billion views, Grand Theft Auto V with 70 billion views, and Fortnite with 67 billion views.
The YouTube gaming platform says it now has more than 40 million active gaming channels, and that 80,000 channels reached 100,000 subscribers last year.
There are more than 1000 channels that gathered 5 million subscribers in 2020, while 350 channels exceeded 10 million subscribers.
Content creators across the board saw dramatic increases in subscribers, audiences, and viewers throughout 2020.
Dream, the content creator for Minecraft, is one example of growth in 2020, with channel subscriptions increasing from 1 million in January 2020 to more than 13 million by October of the same year.
The increase stems from the penetration of YouTube in Southeast Asia and Latin America, as well as the emergence of prominent esports competitions that are now streamed on YouTube and Twitch.
“In some countries, content makers cannot rely solely on advertising revenue, which is why we added a system of channel subscriptions while allowing content makers to set their own rates,” White said.
YouTube has become more and more serious about broadcasting events, as it has partnered with major esports companies, such as Riot Games, to host tournaments through the platform.