YouTube Gaming has its biggest year, ever, in 2020 with 100B watch time hours and 40M+ active gaming channels. Here, we break down the moments that defined gaming this year.
In fact, there has never been a better time to be a YouTube Gaming creator:
More than 80,000 YouTube Gaming creators hit 100,000 subscribers
Over 1,000 gaming creators hit 5 million subscribers
Over 350 gaming creators reached a whopping 10 million subscribers!
The world has faced its share of challenges in 2020. Despite the ups and down, many have turned to gaming on YouTube as a way to find connection, entertainment, and to share moments with friends and loved ones during these trying times. Through it all, they have connected even more deeply with gaming creators — some even had their biggest year ever on YouTube in 2020.
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, including:
Jacksepticeye raising over $660,000 in 12 hours for Covid-19 relief efforts, while CouRage raised over $500,000 during a 12-hour charity stream for the CDC Foundation.
YouTube Gaming hosted charity tournaments around the world, including: the Call of Duty Warzone tournament in May, with a $100,000 donation on behalf of the winning team for the Call of Duty Endowment; the Torneo de Creadores de YouTube Gaming in Mexico, where YouTube donated $50,000 USD to Cruz Roja Mexicana on behalf of the winner, Eddie SKabeche; the mobile gaming celebration in August, tied to VidCon Now, where KairosTime and Lex Brawl Stars took a $50,000 prize to benefit the World’s Health Organization; and in October, the Fall Guys Season 2 tournament with a $100,000 donation benefiting the United Nations Children’s Fund on behalf of the winning team, Typical Gamer and Avxry.
And just last week, The Game Theorists’ MatPat and Stephanie Patrick hosted a 10-hour charity live stream event
to benefit St. Jude’s. They tripled their goal and raised $3 million with the help of other large creators and gamers like Markiplier, The Game Grumps, Mr. Beast and more.