2020 is YouTube Gaming’s biggest year, ever 100B watch time hours

YouTube Gaming has its biggest year, ever, in 2020 with 100B watch time hours and 40M+ active gaming channels. Here, we break down the moments that defined gaming this year.

The world has faced its share of challenges in 2020. Despite the ups and down, many have turned to gaming on YouTube as a way to find connection, entertainment, and to share moments with friends and loved ones during these trying times.

Through it all, YouTube connected even more deeply with gaming creators — some even had their biggest year ever on YouTube in 2020.

In fact, there has never been a better time to be a YouTube Gaming creator:

  • More than 80,000 YouTube Gaming creators hit 100,000 subscribers
  • Over 1,000 gaming creators hit 5 million subscribers
  • Over 350 gaming creators reached a whopping 10 million subscribers!

Global top overall games watched of 2020:


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:


Breakout creators of 2020 (in no particular order):

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

So, cheers to all of you who made YouTube your home for gaming in 2020.

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