main because the most-watched sport.YouTube Tradition and Traits has launched an annual gaming report, and the company revealed that viewers watched over 100 billion hours of gaming content on the site, which is the equivalent of traveling to Neptune and back 475,000 times. This makes 2020 YouTube Gaming’s biggest year yet.”YouTube Gaming has its biggest year, ever, in 2020 with 100B watch time hours and 40M+ active gaming channels,” YouTube Head of Global Gaming, Ryan Watt, said.
Of those 100 billion hours, Minecraft was the single most-watched game, with over 201 billion views. That’s more than the double the amount of views the second most-watched game of 2020 received, which was Roblox at 75 billion views. Garena Free Fire, Grand Theft Auto V, and Fortnite came in third, fourth, and fifth place at 72, 70, and 67 billion respectively.
YouTube also revealed the top ten creators in terms of gaming views for the year: FGTeeV, Jelly, Flamingo, Robin Hood Gamer, ItsFunnneh, LazarBeam, Slogo, Mikecrack, Arab Games Network, and Vegetta777. Over 80,000 content creators hit 100,000 subscribers, more than 1000 creators reached 5 million subscribers, and over 350 creators crossed the 10 million subscriber mark, according to YouTube.
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“We’ve also seen gaming creators give back in incredible ways this year,” Watt said. “The gaming community has always been willing to lend a helping hand when needed. This year, many of YouTube’s gaming creators and partnership tournaments raised awareness and money for several causes.”
That includes Jacksepticeye raising over $660,000 in 12 hours for COVID-19 relief efforts, CouRage raising over $500,000 during a 12-hour charity stream for the CDC Foundation, and many tournaments hosted by YouTube Gaming to raise money for organizations like the Call of Duty Endowment, the World Health Organization, and the United Children’s Fund.
“And just last week, The Game Theorists’ MatPat and Stephanie Patrick hosted a 10-hour charity live stream event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” Watt said. “They tripled their goal and raised $3 million with the help from other large creators and gamers like Markiplier, The Game Grumps, Mr. Beast, and more.”You can read more about YouTube Gaming’s 2020 in their blog post that breaks down things like most-liked and most-viewed videos.
For more about this year in gaming, check out IGN’s 2020 Game of the Year nominations for a look back at some of the year’s best games and then check out some of the other categories like best PlayStation exclusive, best Xbox exclusive, and best Switch exclusive.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.