It has been a – let’s say, eventful – six months in the streaming world, with a number of landmark moments in the industry and controversies surrounding some of its biggest streamers. But who have people been tuning into the most on Twitch so far in 2020? Well Esports Charts Pro has compiled all the data to create a list of Twitch’s most watched channels and there’s a clear winner: Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar.
Summit1g currently leads the way as 2020’s most watched streamer, largely in part to his dedication to continue his extremely popular GTA V role-playing streams and because his channel was one of the most popular for Valorant content when the game’s beta launched in April.
His April 7 Valorant broadcast saw Summit1g achieve the largest peak audience in his channel’s history, with well over 300,000 watching his stream at one point. In total, he’s racked up over 77 million hours of watched content since the New Year – over 13 million more than the next name on the list, Alexandre ‘Gaules’ Borba.
Brazilian Counter-Strike streamer Gaules has seen enormous audiences pile in to his watch parties of CS:GO esports matches, particularly those featuring some of Brazil’s biggest teams like MIBR.
Despite having a dedicated community that has watched his content for more than 64 million hours in 2020, Gaules has recently come under fire for accusing young CS:GO pros of cheating, which in turn saw his passionate fans bombarding them on social media.
In third place on the list with 56 million hours watched on Twitch is Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, who has also caused some recent controversy.
While his energetic variety streams have attracted and established a sizeable fan base, xQc is no stranger to Twitch bans or getting himself caught up in the odd spat with his fellow streamers, including his latest with Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.
Esports Charts’ top ten also includes the likes of the platform’s most followed active streamer, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, League of Legends streamer Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp, and Ludwig ‘Anomaly’ Lagerstedt, who caused a stir in the community for posting reruns of previous streams during his “24/7” Valorant broadcasts.
🔥 The most watched @Twitch channels of 1st half of 2020:
1 – @summit1g
2 – @Gaules
3 – @xQc
4 – @ESLCS
5 – @anomalyxd
6 – @Fextralife
7 – @TTfue
8 – @NICKMERCS
9 – @loltyler1
10 – @rubiu5#Twitch pic.twitter.com/OZnAt0ipGd
— Esports Charts 📊 Esports & Streaming statistics (@EsportsCharts) July 1, 2020
As we enter the second half of 2020, it will be interesting to see if the trends that have made these streamers so popular will continue, or whether some new names will enter the top ten before the end of the year.