Valorant Blew Away The Competition As Most-Viewed New IP On Twitch In 2020

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor January 12, 2021
Share:

Streaming platform StreamElements and data and analytics platform Arsenal.gg have released their 2020 State of the Stream report, which highlights the most popular games and streamers for the last month of the previous year, as well as taking a look at the year as a whole. Judging by hours watched, one new game in 2020 that courted fans on Twitch has been a smashing success.

In April, Riot Games tied Valorant beta access to Twitch viewership. That initial seeding might have helped the game become a huge success among viewers, racking up 737 million hours viewed throughout the year, the report said. That number easily dwarfed the #2 most popular new IP on Twitch for 2020, Mediatonic's Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which managed just 139 million hours viewed. Genshin Impact (#5, 59 million), Hyper Scape (#7, 18 million), Rogue Company (#9, 17 million) and Eternal Return: Black Survival (#10, 16 million) were the other F2P games that made the top 10.

Valorant came in at #5 on the overall list -- technically #4 if you don't count the most popular, but non-gaming, channel "Just Chatting." League of Legends (#2, 1.4 billion) and Fortnite (#3, 904 million) were ahead of it, while Counter-Strike: Global Warfare (#7, 635 million) and Dota 2 (#8, 464 million) trailed behind. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare also made the list at #6, partially aided by the free-to-play Warzone battle royale mode.

Another big takeaway from the report is simply the notable spike in viewership hours across all platforms -- well, except Mixer -- starting in April. All three of the services profiled in the report -- Twitch, Facebook, and DLive -- saw increases of 50-75% after lockdowns started occurring in much of the world in late March and early April. (Don't be fooled by the seemingly larger spike on Twitch's graph; the Y-axis bottoms out at 900 million, as opposed to zero on the other two charts.)

You can get a free copy of the report from its Dropbox site.

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (2)

Uncle Crimbo 8 months ago
You don't mention that Valorant got 1 billion viewers, ONLY BECAUSE there were Twitch Drops and people just wanted to get a key. I know I watched only so I can get a key.

View 1 reply

You May Enjoy

Aion Producer’s Letter Talks Anniversary, Server Mergers, Classic Updates, And More

Aion Producer’s Letter Talks Anniversary, Server Mergers, Classic Updates, And More

There’s a lot going on in the world of Aion at the moment.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
Elyon Going F2P Is Good, But There Are Still Concerns For The MMORPG - MMO THOUGHTS

Elyon Going F2P Is Good, But There Are Still Concerns For The MMORPG - MMO THOUGHTS

Am I right to still have a few worries over the success of the title?

By Michael Byrne - 2 days ago
MTG: Arena's New Set Flips The Table With Two-sided Cards

MTG: Arena's New Set Flips The Table With Two-sided Cards

Werewolves and more run amok in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Everquest II’s Latest Event Gets People Ready For Vision Of Vetrovia

Everquest II’s Latest Event Gets People Ready For Vision Of Vetrovia

If you aren’t already geared and leveled, this will help things along.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 4 days ago
New World Provides Launch Server List And Rollout Schedule (Update: Character Name Info)

New World Provides Launch Server List And Rollout Schedule (Update: Character Name Info)

Time to get together with your friends and choose your new home.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 day ago
Neverwinter’s Harvester Of Nightmares Event Returns To Consoles

Neverwinter’s Harvester Of Nightmares Event Returns To Consoles

It’s the start of video game spooky season.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 2 days ago
See More
Live Giveaways