Twitter has recognized a significant increase in video game conversations throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. As the world continues to self-isolate, it appears as though gaming has become a major topic of conversation.
According to data provided by Head of Gaming Content Partnerships, Rishi Chadha, Twitter saw a 71% increase in video game conversations in the second half of March. This statistic is more than likely partially due to the number of people worldwide at home indulging in games. In addition, the increase in chatter was bolstered by the release of high profile games such as DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Due to the COVID-19 quarantine, people are spending more time than ever playing (& tweeting) about video games. The graph below shows just how much the global gaming conversation has exploded, specifically in the past couple weeks that we’ve all been staying home ??? pic.twitter.com/KxEDcVvvUV
— Rishi Chadha (@RdotChadha) April 6, 2020
On March 20th, Twitter saw the largest increase in gaming conversations. This also coincided with the release of the two aforementioned game titles. The numbers dwindled slightly but held strong when compared to stats from February.
Chadha’s insights also revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the most talked about game on the platform in March. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the top game in a list of 10, both globally and in the US.
Finally, Chadha provided some deeper insights on the esports side. Despite the hardships the esports industry is enduring during the pandemic, leagues are beginning to start again. With that, the likes of FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, and MiBR have become dominant forces of conversations on Twitter.
Chadha concluded his Twitter thread by saying another will begin at the end of April. It will be interesting to see the comparison in stats the month of April provides. This month has already seen the release of Resident Evil 3 and has Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s release just around the corner. I believe both with be frontrunners for driving the gaming conversations this month.