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Q1 2021 Live Game Streaming Trends

Q1 2021 Platform Viewership and Live Game Streaming Trends

This week, Stream Hatchet released our Q1 2021 Live Game Streaming Trends report. One of the biggest takeaways was the 80% year-over-year growth in combined hours watched from Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming. The jump was massive compared to the Q1 2019-2020 increase of about 36%. Twitch generated the largest portion of the combined 8.8B hours watched with about 6.3B of their own. The Amazon-owned live streaming platform widened the Q1 gap between itself and the other western platforms but YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming still saw impressive growth. YouTube Gaming increased by about 24% while Facebook Gaming surged with an 87% increase.