The latest Twitch numbers from April are in and Grand Theft Auto V is back on top. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, Grand Theft Auto V was the leading game on Twitch for the month of April setting the most hours watched in a single week – 64M combined hours watched.
GTA V Viewership Almost Double Of Next Most Popular Game in April 2021
Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is one of the most iconic franchises in the gaming world with its first-ever game released in 1997 on the Playstation 1. Now, almost 25 years later, the franchise has seen many iconic instalments and still continues to top gaming charts. Its latest title, Grand Theft Auto V, was released in 2013 but still keeps its status as one of gaming’s most popular games.
For the month of April, GTA V set the record for the most number of combined hours watched in a week with 64.1M hours watched. In comparison, the second-largest number of hours watched in a week belonged to League of Legends with 34.3M hours watched or nearly half of those that tuned in to GTA.
GTA V also had the highest number of average weekly viewers with 380K average weekly viewers in April 2020. League of Legends takes 2nd place again with 203K average weekly viewers.
GTA V’s Recent Numbers Showing A Resurgence in Popularity To Start 2021
GTA V is approaching its 8th year and still competes with popular newer titles. Developers of and fans of the game keep on finding new ways to keep the game fresh with different modifications or “mods” as they are popularly known in the gaming world. As a result, as of December 2020, GTA V has registered 10B viewers on Twitch in its entire lifespan, making it the 6th most-watched game ever on the Platform.
A testament to the strength and longevity of GTA’s popularity is its resurgence on Twitch to start 2021. In November 2020, GTA V logged its lowest number of combined hours watched in a month for the year at just 51.6M. By March 2021 that number had steadily increased all the way to 184.4M in March 2021 – an increase of almost 260%.
Rex Pascual, Esports Editor at Safe Betting Sites, commented;
“GTA V benefited from the lockdowns of 2020 giving it an injection of engagement that likely prolonged its lifespan for another couple of years. With GTA VI still, nothing more than a rumour, expect one of gaming’s storied franchises to remain at the top of streaming and gaming charts.”