In 2020 YouTube gained 40 million active game channels with a watch time of hundred billion hours

Despite the ups and downs that happened this year; where many lost lives and others had to adapt to a new way of living, covid-19 helped YouTube in gaining 40 million active game channels in 2020.

2019 has been declared as the most challenging year of all centuries. Before the year ends; it's time to recall the memories and measure our progress for a better year ahead. Despite our willingness to go to parties and socialize, the circumstances were such which bounded us to stay home- in self-isolation. The covid-19 gave us a great chance to ponder over our selves, spend more time with our families and do indoor activities. However, being at home for all 30 days in a month and 24 hours is a day is quite depressing and least entertaining.

Entertainment is what keeps us lively. Doesn’t it? YouTube is where most of us have a look at what’s trending in the world and how much are others successful in establishing new routines. It has become one of the most viewed streaming platforms. Gaming YouTube channels with more than 100 billion watching hours have grown to double the number measured in 2020. 40 million channels are now frequent in streaming regularly. Out of 100 billion hours of watch time: 10 billion hours were observed by YouTube to be occupied by gaming channels that live-streamed.

In an interview with VentureBeat; Ryan Watt- who is the supervisor of YouTube’s gaming section verified that above 80,000 gaming channels were successful in gaining 100,000 subscribers this year. More than 5,000 gaming accounts were those who reached 5 million subscriptions. The list hasn’t ended yet: 10 million subscriptions were added to 350 gaming channels.

By 11th May 2020, YouTube got 2 billion users with 79 percent of them sharing their ownership of accounts with no other individuals. These 2 billion users are not just from the gaming section rather many more channels and profiles other than gaming were also successful in gaining subscribers during this period of uncertainty.

We never knew that Covid-19 could bring us anything better than continuous chaos and trauma. This achievement will hopefully help YouTube in competing with Twitch which is the biggest video-sharing platform with 65 percent of total watch hours in starting. There are chances that with this continuing success YouTube’s 1.1 billion watching hours will soon compete with 3.1 billion hours of Twitch.

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