2020 Is YouTube Gaming’s Biggest Year, Ever

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Collectively The World Watched Over 100B Hours Of Gaming Clips On YouTube

With the world facing a lot of issues through 2020 a lot of us turned to the warm embrace of digital media, from music streaming through to video games, and everything in-between. In fact a lot of us found ourselves leaping towards YouTube’s Gaming creators, whom had their biggest year ever on YouTube in 2020. 

YouTube now boasts over 40 million active gaming channels and, globally, there were over 100 billion hours of gaming content watch on the site. YouTube live streams also grow exponentially during 2020 with over 10 billion hours watched. Creators such as LazarBeam, Lyna, MortaL, CouRage, TheDonato and Typical Gamer, who are exclusive to YouTube, streamed relentlessly. This even saw Valkyrae (another YouTube exclusive streamer) grow to become one of the biggest female live streamers across all platforms. It was also the year for breakout creators with 80,000 gaming creators reaching 100,00 subscribers and over 1,000 creators hit 5 million subscribers.

There were also many memorable moments throughout live events and premieres in 2020. Of course we had the massive PS5 announcement, Xbox Games Showcase and Fortnite and Travis Scott Present: Astronomical. In addition to this there was also the various Esports events such as Call Of Duty League 2020 Championship, League Of Legends Worlds Finals 2020, and the Overwatch League 2020 Season.

The YouTube gaming community really pulled together during the pandemic with creators such as Rooster Teeth, TheDonato and CoryxKenshin used their voices and channels to benefit Covid-19 relief efforts, Jacksepticeye also raised $660,000 in 12 hours. YouTube themselves also hosted five gaming charity tournaments in Mexico, the United States and Europe to benefit Covid-19 relief efforts.This includes the Call of Duty Warzone Tournament in May, which had a $100,000 donation on behalf of the winning team for the Call of Duty Endowment.

2020 may have been the year of social distancing but online it is safe to say we all came together online. It has been an important and great year for content creators, especially those that are in the gaming sphere. 

Here is the breakdown of YouTube Gaming’s biggest and best year

Global top overall games watched of 2020:

Minecraft: 201B views
Roblox: 75B views
Garena Free Fire: 72B views
Grand Theft Auto V: 70B views
Fortnite: 67B views


Top 5 live games watched in 2020:

Minecraft
Garena Free Fire
Fortnite
Grand Theft Auto V
PUBG Mobile


Top creators by gaming views in 2020:

FGTeeV (USA)
Jelly (Netherlands)
Flamingo (USA)
Robin Hood Gamer (Brazil)
ItsFunnneh (Canada)
LazarBeam (Australia)
Slogo (UK)
Mikecrack (Spain)
Arab Games Network (BH)
Vegetta777 (Spain)


 Breakout creators of 2020 (in no particular order):

Valkyrae
Corpse Gaming
Dream
GeorgeNotFound
EddieVR
Tiko
iBerleezy
KreekCraft
Gattu
NotYourAverageFlight


Top live streamers by views of 2020 (in no particular order):

NOBRU (Brazil)
MortaL (India)
Dynamo Gaming (India)
Sc0ut (India)
VEGETTA777 (Spain)
TheDonato (Venezuela)
Total Gaming (India)
Gyan Gaming (India)
LazarBeam (Australia)
SOUL Regaltos (India)
MrStiven Tc (Colombia)


Most-viewed videos (non-live) in 2020:

葉式特工 Yes Ranger: Minecraft Real POV
Super Hero Games: How To Loot | 230720 Angry animal
Winston Games: Parking Frenzy 2.0 3D Game #1 – Car City Driving Android iOS Gameplay
The Secret Life of My Hamster: Hamster Minecraft Maze
CrazyDek: Family vs Family – Who is the Strongest Monsters – Monster School
The Pixel Kingdom: Among Us, but with 100 Players
Top Games: EM 3IN1 16:9
Porisloff Show: GTA 5 Crazy Ragdolls Red Spiderman VS Gorilla (GTA 5 Euphoria Physics Funny Moments & Fails)


Most-liked videos (non-live) in 2020:

Fernanfloo: ME QUEDE CALVO !! – Ninjala | Fernanfloo
MrBeast Gaming: Whatever You Build, I’ll Pay For!
HOSOTCH:【Minecraft】音ブロックで「Astronomia (Coffin Dance meme)  Ver.Piano」 /noteblock/音ブロ/マインクラフト
LOUD: QUEM GANHOU?! ELE TIROU X1 COM TODOS NA MANSÃO LOUD!!
elrubiusOMG: RUBIUS REWIND 2019

PewDiePie: It’s been real, but I’m out! – LWIAY #00106
Dream: Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE REMATCH
Dream: Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE
TheDonato: ESTE JUGADOR DE FREE FIRE DICE QUE ES EL MEJOR DE TODO EL JUEGO epico | TheDonato
MrBeast Gaming: I Made a 100 Player Building Competition!

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