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.
|Just Chatting||3.1 billion|
|Grand Theft Auto V||2.1 billion|
|League of Legends||1.8 billion|
|Call of Duty: Warzone||858 million|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||757 million|
|Apex Legends||691 million|
|Dota 2||578 million|