eSports Streaming Average Hours Watched Top 500 Million Weekly in Q3
Even though traditional sports returned to television screens, eSports continued to enjoy popularity in 3Q20, according to SafeBettingSites. Video game streaming weekly hours watched surged by 73% year-over-year (YoY) during Q3. The average number of hours watched every week during the period surpassed 500 million compared to 291 million in 3Q19.
Based on a report by Streamlabs, Twitch led streaming platforms with 4.7 billion hours watched and 205.6 million hours streamed. It marked an increase of 14.5% quarter-over-quarter (QoO) and 70% YoY. From July to September 2020, League of Legends (LoL) was the most watched game with 543.2 million hours. Fortnite was second with 426.2 million hours and PUBG Mobile was third with 416.6 million hours. 60% of the games in the top 5 belonged to the Battle Royale genre.
On the other hand, LCK 2020 Summer Season was the most watched event with 33.3 million hours. LoL events took three spots in the top five, accumulating a total of 90.7 million hours. Riot Games was the most watched publisher with 756.7 million hours. Total viewership hours across the top 3 platforms reached 7.4 billion, up from 3.89 billion in 3Q19. That marked a 91.8% growth. However, the figure was slightly lower than the Q2 total of 7.71 billion hours. Twitch accounted for 63.6% of hours watched and 91.1% of hours streamed. However, its quarterly hours watched dropped by 375 million from 5.1 billion in 2Q20. In contrast, YouTube saw an increase of 156 million hours QoQ.
Facebook Gaming grew by about 30 million hours. Moreover, Valkyrae, who is signed exclusively to YouTube, was the top female streamer with 6.1 million hours. Pokimane, one of the most popular female streamers, came in third with 4.3 million hours. According to Twitch Tracker, Pokimane had 6.13 million followers on Twitch as of October 30, 2020 and 5.87 million YouTube subscribers. Valkyrae had 1.72 million YouTube subscribers.