Twitch and FaceBook Gaming viewership grew 45+ percent during 2021

StreamElements reports that both Twitch and Facebook Gaming saw viewership grow at least 45 percent year-over-year, with Twitch streaming well over 24 billion hours of video throughout 2021. FaceBook Gaming meanwhile delivered 17 billion hours over its own platform, a 47 percent increase over last year.

The long shadow cast by the coronavirus still played a big part in boosting the popularity of livestreaming over the past year. The most popular games on Twitch were older releases that no doubt included streamer-centric titles like Leauge of Legends and Fortnite, but Grand Theft Auto V remained most watched game on the platform with no less than 2.1 billion views (a whopping 175 percent increase from 2020).

The only new release of 2021 to make a serious splash on Twitch was the New World MMORPG from Amazon Games, which attracted 259 million viewers following launch in September.

Twitch Top 10 Most Streamed Categories
Category Hours Watched
Just Chatting 3.1 billion
Grand Theft Auto V 2.1 billion
League of Legends 1.8 billion
Fortnite 1 billion
Valorant 949 million
Minecraft 880 million
Call of Duty: Warzone 858 million
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 757 million
Apex Legends 691 million
Dota 2 578 million