The Mexican government’s press conference from the Palacio Nacional on Wednesday looked like it was part of a late-night comedy skit. Standing behind a podium with the government seal, an official proudly announced that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had been named the top streamer in Mexico in the first quarter of 2023. The announcement wasn’t a joke, though.
López Obrador shocked the streaming world this week when he suddenly popped up in sixth place on a list of the top 10 list for the most-watched Hispanic streamers for the first quarter of 2023. With 13.2 million hours watched on his YouTube channel, according to streaming data provider Streams Charts, López Obrador beat out Mexican Twitch megastar ElMariana (who ranked eighth with 9.43 million hours watched), Colombian Twitch streamer Juan Guarnizo (ranked ninth with 9.18 million hours watched), and Spanish streamer elxokas (ranked tenth with 8.57 million hours watched). He was the only politician who earned a place in Streams Charts rankings, and he wants you to know it.
During the government’s Wednesday morning press conference, Mexican government official Elizabeth García Vilchis spoke excitedly about López Obrador’s new streaming credentials and projected the Streams Charts rankings, circling the president’s channel for those watching in-person and online.
The Mexican president’s YouTube channel has 3.72 million subscribers and has become very active in recent months. It streams the government’s daily morning press conferences live as well as López Obrador’s activities and policy updates. In the first quarter of the year, the Mexican president’s channel live-streamed for 208 hours and 10 minutes.
“We’re so proud to see that so many Mexicans are experiencing success on social media, including Juan Guarnizo [Guarnizo is Colombian but resides in Monterrey, Mexico], ElMariana, and of course, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador,” García Vilchis said.
Mexican government officials presented Streams Charts’ rankings at their daily press conference on Wednesday.
The other top Spanish-speaking streamers of the first quarter, none of whom presides over a country, appeared to be both flabbergasted and amused that López Obrador was being considered a top streamer. Spanish Twitch streamer Ibai Llanos, one of the most famous Spanish-speaking streamers who ranked first on the top 10 list with 21.48 million hours watched, on Tuesday responded to Streams Charts on Twitter and expressed his disbelief over the Mexican president’s ranking.