No matter expectations Twitch viewers had for 2020 had been shortly thrown out the window within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Streaming viewership worldwide soared, with Stream Parts reporting that Twitch noticed 101% progress year-over-year in April. On high of the final rising curiosity in streaming and gaming, the closed beta of Riot Video games’ new shooter VALORANT introduced with it an unprecedented demand for viewer rewards and document numbers.
Nonetheless, with all of the upheaval of 2020 to this point, the identify on the high of the listing has been among the many most constant performers on Twitch for a number of years. Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar generated 76.97M hours watched throughout the first half of the yr. Whereas a good portion of that viewership got here throughout April’s VALORANT craze, Lazar has established himself as a spread streamer, broadcasting a big selection of video games. This makes him capable of stay related no matter how developments ebb and circulate on the platform.
The month of VALORANT viewer-inflation was particularly useful to 1 streamer – Ludwig “Anomaly” Lagerstedt. An unlikely contender for High 10 underneath regular circumstances, Lagerstedt used the excessive demand for closed beta entry together with 24/7 replays of earlier broadcasts to be able to catapult to 4th place with 46.94M hours watched. His success was so straight linked to this manipulation of the viewership incentive program that Twitch needed to change its coverage concerning previously-recorded broadcasts getting used throughout a drop interval.
Lastly, it’s price noting the absence of the Riot Video games channel – a staple on the high of Twitch all through 2019. This yr, Riot determined to separate the varied League of Legends leagues into their very own channels. Whereas this offers a extra correct image of viewership for every league, the lack of a major combination stream sufficiently diminished Riot’s hours watched on a single channel to make High 10 appearances a lot rarer. Numerous leagues have appeared within the high 10 throughout pivotal weeks, however haven’t remained staples of the highest 10 the way in which their mixed viewership did in earlier years.