Rust helped Twitch reach record viewing figures in January

A report on the state of the livestreaming industry from StreamElements and Rainmaker.gg shows that Twitch and Facebook Gaming viewing hours increased 117 percent YoY in January 2021.

Both platforms saw a massive jump in viewership last March, around the same time most of the world went into lockdown. After breaking their hours-watched records in December, new all-time highs were reached during January.

Twitch exceeded over 2 billion hours watched last month, while Facebook Gaming passed 439 million hours, up 13 percent Month-over-Month.

Twitch’s non-gaming Just Chatting category was its most popular in January, racking up 242 million hours in views. This was followed by Rust (189 million), League of Legends (163 million), and Escape from Tarkov (108 million). Every category saw a monthly increase, though none came close to Rust’s 1,226 percent jump.

xQcOW was the month’s most popular streamer by far, boasting 25 million hours of views. He was followed by auronplay and TheGrefg. “While non-English speaking streamers have been a part of the top 10 for some time, they now make up a majority of those who dominate the chart,” writes StreamElements.

xQcOW was the month’s most popular streamer by far, boasting 25 million hours of views. He was followed by auronplay and TheGrefg. “While non-English speaking streamers have been a part of the top 10 for some time, they now make up a majority of those who dominate the chart,” writes StreamElements.