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According to a data report issued by, StreamElement’s analytics partner, Twitch saw a decrease in hours-watched in February from January, with just under 1.9 billion total hours watched across the month. However, this still represents an 82 percent year-over-year increase.

Just Chatting remains the top category on Twitch with 235 million hours watched. However, this figure represents a 3 percent month-over-month decrease. Grand Theft Auto V saw a 90 percent month-over-month increase with 135 million hours watched, a boost StreamElements attributes to streamers such as Felix “xQcOW” Lengyel and Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar playing the game.

Chess, as a category, posted a record-setting month in February, boasting over 21 million hours watched, a staggering year-over-year increase from February 2020, which saw roughly 1 million hours watched. Hikaru “GMHikaru” Nakamura was the top chess channel with almost 4 million hours watched.

“Although Chess got a viewership boost around the time of the October premiere of [Netflix’s] The Queen’s Gambit, it has proven to be a compelling category driven by popular streamers over the past four months,” said Doron Nir, StreamElements CEO.

Lengyel remains the top streamer on Twitch in February with almost 20 million hours watched. Alexandre “Gaules” Borba remains in second place with approximately 12 million hours watched. Victor “loud _coringa” Augusto and RanbooLive reached the top ten for the first time, boasting roughly 9 million hours watched each. Of female streamers, Image “Pokimane” Anys took the top spot with just over 2 million hours watched.

“As we look at the livestreaming landscape, there has been an increase in women in the top 200 on Twitch. Out of the current top 10 female streamers, only two were in the top 200 last year and now 9 of them are,” said Nir. “It is also notable how diverse their content is, since it illustrates multiple avenues to success, whether it be gaming, wildlife conservation, or just chatting. Given that 41% of gamers are women, we expect to see their numbers at the top increase as more take their talents to livestreaming platforms.”

Facebook Gaming also saw a dip in hours watched from January to February, reaching just under 400 million hours. As with Twitch, this still represents a 79 percent annual increase.

Data for YouTube Gaming was not included in the report.

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