StreamElements report shows both streaming platforms more than doubled their viewership year-over-year

Live streaming continues to grow, as the current report from StreamElements says Twitch and Facebook Video Gaming both more than doubled the numbers of hours enjoyed in January 2021 compared to January of 2020.

In an article, StreamElements states Twitch and Facebook Video gaming saw a 117% boost year-over-year in January 2021, with Twitch’s all-time high reached at over 2 billion hours and Facebook Gaming going beyond 439 million hours.

On Twitch, the Just Chatting category led with 242 million hours watched, followed by survival game Rust at 189 million and League of Legends at third place with 163 million.

Rust saw an increase in numbers thanks in part to OfflineTV, a collective of popular streamers and developers, beginning a Rust server. In general, Rust was up 1,226% in month-over-month hours watched.

Every video game in the leading 10 saw an increase in month-over-month viewership, including Escape From Tarkov at 108 million hours, Fortnite at 91 million, Call of Responsibility: Warzone at 75 million, Minecraft at 74 million, Grand Theft Vehicle V at 71 million, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at 58 million, and FIFA 21 rounding out the top 10 with 54 million.

These numbers top those from a record-setting month in December, when Twitch built up 1.7 billion hours enjoyed and Facebook Gaming got 388 million hours.