Today, we are going to celebrate the live streaming content creators driving the growth of the streaming industry over the last quarter. According to the latest report from Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet, viewers are spending 3 billion hours per month watching live streaming content. That number is up 16% year over year.
In Q2 2021, Grand Theft Auto reached 866 million watch hours, and became the most-watched category across all platforms, surpassing Just Chatting, which had held the top spot since the fourth quarter of 2020.
Just Chatting was the second most-watched category across all streaming platforms with an impressive 822 million hours watched in Q2. This was a 68 million hour increase from Q1’s 754 million hours watched.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at the top streamers driving growth in these categories, as well as the top Twitch, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube Gaming streamers.
Thank you to Stream Hatchet, the industry leader in game-streaming analytics, for providing the data that aided in developing these insights.
Top 10 most-watched channels on Twitch
To start, we’ll look at the Top 10 most-watched channels on Twitch in Q2 2021.
xQc took the number #1 spot by a large margin, with over 90 million hours watched. Gaules, retired Brazilian professional Counter-Strike player and coach, amassed 46 million hours watched, followed by summit1G, with 31 million hours watched.
Top 10 most-watched channels on YouTube Gaming
Inoxtag, French YouTuber and streamer took the number 1 spot, reaching 11.6 million hours watched. Jun channel, one-half of the vlogging duo Rachel & Jun, was the second most-watched channel on YouTube Gaming with 10.9 million hours watched. Felipe Neto, well known Brazilian YouTuber with over 42 million subscribers, came in third place with 9.16 million hours watched.
Top Grand Theft Auto Streamers
In Q2, Grand Theft Auto was the most-watched gaming category across all streaming platforms with 866 million watch hours. Félix (xQc) Lengyel was the top streamer in the category. He accumulated 90 million hours of total watch time in Q2, 61 million of which came from Grand Theft Auto. Brazilian streamer loud_coringa came in second with 21 million hours, and auronplay came in third with 20.4 million hours.
Inoxtag, a French YouTube streamer, is also on the list, coming in at number 10 with 10 million hours watched.
Top Just Chatting Streamers
With an impressive 822 million hours watched, Just Chatting was the second most-watched category across all streaming platforms in Q2. AdinRoss had the most hours watched in the category, with 19 million, followed by HasanAbi, who had 17.6 million. Ludwig was the third most-watched streamer with 15 million hours.
Top League of Legends Streamers
With 554 million hours watched, League of Legends was the third most watch gaming category across all live streaming platforms. Coming at number loltyler1 amassed over 22 million hours. With 8 million hours, NoWay4u_Sir was the second most-watched league of legend streamer, followed by Baiano with 6.5 million hours watched.
Top Hot Tub Streamers
No live streaming report would be complete without a mention of the hot tub craze that has swept Twitch in recent months. While Twitch added a dedicated category for hot tub streams in May, a closer look reveals a significant decrease in the number of hot streams over the course of Q1.
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About Stream Hatchet
Stream Hatchet monitors live-streaming gaming viewer data across all platforms around the world and provides precise analysis for leading brands, esports teams, leagues, and sponsors. Stream Hatchet is a business unit within the larger Engine Media, a company focused on accelerating new, live, immersive esports and interactive gaming experiences for consumers through its partnerships with traditional and emerging media companies. The company is traded publicly under the ticker symbol (TSX-V: GAME) (OTCQB: MLLLF).