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Tfue beats shroud, Ninja and more to be most-watched streamer of 2019

by Michael Gwilliam

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The most-watched streamer including all platforms has been revealed and a new king of broadcasting has been crowned heading in 2020.

According to a new report from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg, viewers spent a whopping 87,789,883 hours watching 21-year-old Fortnite star Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney in 2019.

The report took into account the fact that popular stream icons such as Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins switched from Twitch to Mixer and combined their stats.

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Respawn Entertainment
Losing shroud was a big blow to Twitch, but at least they still have Dr Disrespect.

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Shroud came second overall with 65,807,447 hours watched while summit1g had just over 60,000,000 to come third.

Ninja, who made headlines across the globe in August when he announced he would be moving to Mixer, was fourth at 57,951,217 hours.

Former Overwatch pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel rose to sixth on the back of IRL and variety streams with 53,385,731 hours.

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Robert Paul/Blizzard Entertainment
xQc could have an incredible 2020 coming his way.

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Notably absent from the top 10 was Dr Disrespect, who won Streamer of the Year at the Esports Awards in November.

Twitch still dominates

In 2018, Twitch owned 75% of the market share based on hours watched with YouTube Gaming at 22% and Mixer and Facebook at only 1% a piece.

In 2019, Twitch’s market share dropped to 73% while Mixer and Facebook grew to 3%. YouTube Gaming, meanwhile fell to 21%.

Ninja
Ninja
Ninja was the first big name to move from Twitch to Mixer.

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With that being said, all platforms had major year over year growth. Twitch grew by 20% and while Mixer exploded with 149%.

Facebook Gaming saw the largest year over year with a whopping 210%. In 2018, Facebook Gaming had 114,754,621 hours watched. In 2019, they increased to 356,242,965.

As the streaming wars heat up, it will be interesting to see what other names are offered major exclusive contracts to jump ship. 2020 is shaping up to be a very competitive for both platforms and streamers themselves.