Twitter Insights Show Q4 2021 as the Biggest Quarter for Gaming Conversations

Twitter has unveiled the latest batch of gaming insights on the platform. Rounding out the fourth quarter of 2021, Twitter saw the largest increase in video game conversations, with more than 2.4 billion tweets published about video games.

In a blog post, Twitter’s head of gaming content Rishi Chadha revealed that Q4 2021 saw a major increase in conversations regarding gaming publishers, media, streaming, and esports. When compared to 2017, Twitter has seen an increase in more than 10 times the number of gaming-related tweets. As the year began to conclude, Twitter recognized a number of points of interest in the industry. Xbox’s Halo Infinite drove a lot of attention as well as the rising topic of NFTs in games.

Twitter also announced the new top 10 list of most talked about games globally:

  1. Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact)
  2. Apex Legends (@PlayApex)
  3. Ensemble Stars! (@ensemble_stars)
  4. Final Fantasy (@FinalFantasy)
  5. Fate/Grand Order (@fgoproject)
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (@animalcrossing)
  7. Knives Out (@game_knives_out)
  8. Minecraft (@minecraft)
  9. Project Sekai (@pj_sekai)
  10. Fortnite (@fortnitegame)

For comparison’s sake, Twitter Canada’s Cam Gordon provided a Canada-specific breakdown of the top 10 biggest games of 2021 on Twitter. Of course, the usual suspects of Genshin Impact, Minecraft, Fortnite, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons all continue to make the list. Though, the likes of Call of Duty, Super Mario, and The Legend of Zelda snuck in on the Canadian side of things.

Other interesting categories include Most Talked About Gaming Events:

  1. E3 2021 (@E3)
  2. The Game Awards (@TheGameAwards)
  3. Xbox Games Showcase (@Xbox)
  4. Gamescom 2021 (@Gamescom)
  5. Summer Game Fest 2021 (@SummerGameFest)

Twitter also provided a list of the Most Talked About Esports Leagues:

  1. CBLOL (@CBLOL)
  2. Call of Duty League (@CODLeague)
  3. Valorant Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports)
  4. Overwatch League (@OverwatchLeague)
  5. League of Legends Championship Series (@LCSOfficial)

Despite a year of game delays and virtual events, the gaming industry persevered and delivered a year’s worth of exciting content. 2022 is just beginning so it will be interesting to see how the landscape changes and grows on Twitter throughout the year.