2021's Most Talked About Video Games

With Q4 2021 being the biggest quarter for gaming conversation on Twitter, the gaming community flocked to Twitter to discuss 2021’s biggest video games, one of the biggest being Genshin Impact. In a blog post, Twitter shared 2021’s most tweeted about video games, with miHoYo\’s Genshin Impact generating a particularly large amount of conversations and impressions. Additionally, Genshin Impact\’s subreddit was the most viewed on Reddit in 2021. The games tweeted about encompassed everything from video game news and updates to esports events, and popular streamers and content creators.

In total, there were 2.4 billion tweets about gaming in 2021, which is a huge 10x increase from 2017. Despite being one of the biggest and most successful games of 2021, the highly-anticipated Halo Infinite didn’t make the top ten most tweeted about games. Japan was the country that tweeted the most about gaming, so it’s not surprising to see several incredibly popular Japanese games on the list. Mobile games also make multiple appearances in the top ten, testament to their ever-growing popularity.

One game that didn’t make 2020’s most tweeted about games list, so was a new addition for 2021, is Minecraft. This volume of tweets is largely thanks to the communities of popular Minecraft content creators on Twitch and YouTube, like Dream, Twitter\’s fifth most tweeted about gaming creator of 2021. The majority of the video games included in 2020’s most tweeted about games stayed on Twitter\’s list for 2021, with the exception of a couple of Japanese mobile games. Project Sekai, also a Japanese mobile game, was new to the list for 2021, like Minecraft.

Fortnite Drops To 10th Place In 2021’s Most Talked About Games

Despite rumors that Fortnite is losing its popularity, with a massive 80.4 million monthly active users and up to 4 million concurrent players every day, Epic\’s title continues to be the most popular battle royale game on the market. However, Fortnite dropped from number five on 2020’s most tweeted about games to number 10 on 2021’s list. This may be due to Fortnite’s younger fanbase, whereas Twitter is reportedly primarily used by adults over 18. Fortnite attracts a younger demographic than other battle royale games, with Fortnite’s youngest pro player being eight years old. Regardless, Fortnite continues to thrive, just not as much as it used to on Twitter.

2021\’s Most Talked About Games – Mobile Game Project Sekai

Project Sekai Colorful Stage Feat. Hatsune Miku is a mobile rhythm game released in late 2020 by SEGA and Colorful Palette, and is a spin-off from Sega\’s Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series. While the game is free to play, it relies on in-game gacha transactions to acquire new characters, similar to Genshin Impact. Within six months of launch, Project Sekai had amassed 5 million users and reached the top 10 rhythm games on the App Store by the end of 2021.

Minecraft Is A New Addition To Most Tweeted About Games List

2011’s Minecraft was a new addition for 2021, not featured in the previous year\’s most tweeted about games list. However, it’s not surprising to see Minecraft on the list, as Minecraft Twitch and YouTube content creators were trending on Twitter on a daily basis throughout 2021. 2021 marked Minecraft’s 10 year anniversary, in which time the game has amassed over 141 million active players worldwide.

The popularity of Minecraft and content creators that exclusively create Minecraft content continues to grow, four out of the 10 most tweeted about content creators in 2021 were Minecraft streamers and YouTubers. The dedicated Minecraft online community continues to grow rapidly, and Minecraft\’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Battle Royale Knives Out Is 2021\’s Seventh-Most Talked About Game

Knives Out is a popular battle royale game for mobile that was downloaded over 250 million times in its first year. Knives Out was released a year prior to PlayerUnknown\’s Battlegrounds mobile version, PUBG Mobile, which touts itself as the best battle royale mobile game. Although PUBG Mobile surpassed 1 billion mobile game downloads last year, neither PUBG nor PUBG Mobile made 2021’s most tweeted about games list, making Knives Out the most tweeted about mobile battle royale game of 2021.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Remains Extremely Popular

The release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March 2020 quickly became the most popular game ever released for Nintendo Switch, overtaking the legendary Nintendo game Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. The game’s release coincided with mandatory lockdowns worldwide and Animal Crossing became synonymous with isolation during the pandemic. While some players distanced themselves from the game due to burnout, Animal Crossing: New Horizons maintains a loyal following and player base. Nearly two years after its launch, the game still has 200,000 monthly active users, showing the massive popularity of Animal Crossing wasn\’t just because of its timing.

2021’s Most Talked About Games – Fate/Grand Order Mobile Game

Fate/Grand Order is a Japanese turn-based RPG mobile game, based on Type-Moon\’s Fate/stay night franchise. Although Fate/Grand Order is available in multiple languages in multiple countries, the majority of its popularity is in Japan, where it has a considerable player base. Despite being a relatively old mobile game, celebrating its seven-year anniversary in 2022, Fate/Grand Order maintains a consistent monthly active user count of over a million players.

Final Fantasy XIV Is The Only MMO In Most Tweeted About Games

Final Fantasy has been a constant in the MMO genre for decades, with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn having the most active players of any MMO, despite being released nearly 10 years ago. Final Fantasy XIV is the most profitable game in the franchise and remains a favorite with Final Fantasy and MMO fans alike.

The release of the latest DLC for Final Fantasy XIV, Endwalker, was so popular Square Enix temporarily suspended sales of the expansion pack, due to one of FFXIV’s biggest problems: server congestion. The Final Fantasy community continues to grow regardless, and Final Fantasy XIV and the franchise as a whole will continue to enjoy unparalleled success, with the latest installment Final Fantasy XVI being released for PS5 this year.

Ensemble Stars! Was 2021’s Most Tweeted About Mobile Exclusive

Ensemble Stars! is a Japanese game franchise from Cascalia Studio and Happy Elements. Ensemble Stars!, often shortened to Enstars, is a spin-off of the 2012 game Ensemble Girls! that comprises two different game modes: Basic and Music. Ensemble Stars! Basic is a visual novel game about producing music idols, whereas Ensemble Stars! Music is a music rhythm game. An English language version of Ensemble Stars! Music is coming later this year, with pre-registration open now. At launch, the English version of Ensemble Stars! Music will be available on iOS and Android in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Apex Legends Misses Out On Most Talked About Games Top Spot

Apex Legends jumped from the 7th most tweeted about game in 2020 to the 2nd most talked about game on Twitter in 2021. This makes Apex Legends the most tweeted about battle royale game in 2021. Apex Legends hit 1 million players within the first 24 hours of release in early 2019. In early 2021, Respawn announced on Twitter that Apex Legends had hit 100 million global players, with 30% growth year after year. With Apex Legends’ Season 12 arriving in early February, the game is likely to enjoy another surge in monthly active users, and continued growth of Apex Legends player base.

Genshin Impact Was 2021’s Most Tweeted About Video Game

Coming in at the top spot is Genshin Impact, which had the most successful first year of any video game in history, grossing over $3 billion on mobile alone. Genshin Impact is free-to-play on PC, PlayStation, and mobile, with a port to Nintendo Switch coming soon. Genshin Impact’s average number of monthly players has continually increased every month since the game’s release thanks to regular content updates, with over 56 million monthly active players in the last 30 days. With the second half of Genshin Impact’s Version 2.4 releasing at the end of January, and Version 2.5 expected to arrive in mid-February, it’s likely these new updates will each bring with them another new wave of Genshin Impact players.

2021 was a great year for gaming, despite multiple COVID-related game delays. Twitter remains a popular social network for discussing gaming and gaming news, with over 2 billion tweets about gaming shared in 2021. 2022 brings with it long-awaited game releases, like FromSoftware\’s Elden Ring and the still-untitled sequel to Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which are likely to be discussed all over social media. 2021\’s most talked about games list demonstrates that while new games like Genshin Impact might get a lot of hype and attention initially, it\’s game franchises like Final Fantasy that stand the test of time and remain popular that generate the most discussion on Twitter.

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