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Livestream viewership records: Highest peak viewers on Twitch & YouTube all-time

Published: 26/May/2021 23:24 Updated: 26/May/2021 23:25

by Calum Patterson

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The world record for most viewers on Twitch is a coveted crown, and has been held by the biggest names on the platform over the years. Here’s a look at the highest peak viewership on a single stream ever.

January 11 was a historic day for Twitch, as Spanish streaming sensation David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas Martínez shattered the record for most concurrent viewers, as he revealed his very own Fortnite skin.

He previously held the record too, for a solo streamer, but his new record beat even livestreams from major broadcasters like ELEAGUE and PlayStation.

Of course, North American streamers still make up the bulk of this list, but non-English speaking streams are growing rapidly on Twitch. Expect to see more streamers from other regions fight for a place among the most-viewed streams ever.

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TheGrefg Twitch viewership
TheGrefg
During his stream, TheGrefg hit 2.47 million viewers, shattering previous viewership records on Twitch.

Highest viewership Twitch streams ever

  1. TheGrefg: 2,470,347
  2. Ibai: 1,502,295
  3. ELEAGUETV: 1,088,063
  4. PlayStation: 1,014,646
  5. Fortnite: 700,529
  6. Riot Games: 654,205
  7. PGL: 649,414
  8. Ninja: 616,693
  9. Tommyinnit: 607,473
  10. ESL_CSGO: 562,080
  11. Ibai: 533,239
  12. Twitch: 517,160
  13. Shroud: 516,289
  14. XTEARS88: 512,246
  15. FACEIT TV: 490,647
  16. Ubisoft: 487,430
  17. DOTA2TI: 482,006
  18. DOTA2TI_RU: 451,647
  19. Bungie: 432,504
  20. COSCU: 425,659
Ninja on Fortnite stream
YouTube: Ninja / Epic Games
Ninja was the previous record holder, thanks to his popularity at the peak of Fortnite.

This list, via Twitch Tracker, includes streams from companies, rather than just individual creators.

Here’s the top 20 for creators only:

  1. TheGrefg: 2,470,347
  2. Ibai: 1,502,295
  3. Ninja: 616,693
  4. Tommyinnit: 607,473
  5. Shroud: 516,289
  6. XTEARS88: 512,246
  7. COSCU: 425,659
  8. Tommyinnit: 424,048
  9. LOLITOFDEZ: 418,204
  10. ASS_DAVE: 397,674
  11. Squeezie: 388,941
  12. Gaules: 387,315
  13. loltyler1: 368,484
  14. Dr Disrespect: 363,980
  15. TimTheTatman: 347,321
  16. El Rubius: 344,676
  17. THEREALKNOSSI: 336,065
  18. ZERATOR: 318,182
  19. Tfue: 316,214
  20. Auronplay: 313,347
  21. Summit1g: 310,998

YouTube peak viewers record

Twitch might still be considered the home of video game livestreaming for now, but YouTube has been making up major ground in this area.

Here are the highest viewership peaks on YouTube Gaming, via StreamHatchet:

  1. PlayStation: 1.4 million
  2. VJLinkHero: 1.2 million
  3. Free Fire – Brasil: 1.1 million
  4. Free Fire – LATAM: 1.1 million
  5. The RawKnee Games: 1.1 million
  6. Alpha Clasher: 1 million
  7. El Rubius: 1 million
  8. LazarBeam: 900,000
  9. TechnoBlade: 900,000
  10. Dream: 700,000
  11. Felipe Neto: 600,000
  12. Willyrex: 500,000
  13. Vegeta777: 500,000
  14. Dr Disrespect: 500,000

Now that TheGrefg has beaten the previous record so comfortably, it could be a springboard for further success. Although it’s unlikely that 2.4 million will be beaten anytime soon, we could so more streamers crack the 1 million mark, when there is a major event to see.

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When Ninja set the record by playing Fortnite with Drake and Travis Scott, it immediately elevated the streaming space more widely, paving the way for more records to be set.

We’ll keep you updated when new records are set and these rankings change, but TheGrefg has secured his spot at number one for a long time to come, no doubt.