Twitter is what’s happening and what people are talking about all over the world -- in news, politics, sports and entertainment. And it’s no different in esports and gaming.
Twitter is where game publishers, the gaming media, popular game streamers and entertainers, esports leagues, teams, players and commentators interact with their most engaged fans and with one another. In 2017, we saw more than 218 million tweets about gaming globally.
With that in mind, Twitter has made it a point to bring more great gaming content to the platform in 2018.
What’s Happening in 2018
Even though 2018 is just getting started, there’s still a lot happening on Twitter in the gaming world. Twitter has already live streamed exciting esports competition from @EAMaddenNFL, @EASPORTSFIFA, @PUBG_DMM and @OPL.
ELEAGUE Major: Boston got fans on Twitter excited, and is the most Tweeted about esports event so far in 2018.
And soon, fans can watch all six @HCS World Championship tournaments live right on Twitter! First up is the Orlando Open starting Friday, February 16 at 2:30 PM ET.
Gaming conversation is happening on Twitter
A look at the most Tweeted about gaming topics over the past year offers a fascinating glimpse into this massive, always-on conversation. The list includes some of the biggest new game releases of 2017, but other titles reflect large communities of gamers discussing well established franchises.
Here are the top-10 most-mentioned video games on Twitter globally, led by @Pokemon, which had 45 million mentions in 2017:
We can also see trends in live streaming and the fast growing world of esports. Events like The International and IEM Oakland were among some of the top Tweeted of the year.
And gaming fans take to Twitter to Tweet along with their favorite esports teams.
Here are the most-mentioned teams on Twitter:
Live gaming & esports video content on Twitter
Over the past 18 months, Twitter has brought esports fans live action of the top events and tournaments in the industry. From @ELEAGUETV to @thegameawards and @OPL, to a bevy of top-tier tournaments from @DreamHack and @ESLCS, passionate fans around the world could watch and talk about esports all on Twitter.
Fans have tuned into #EsportsWeekly, a weekly live 30-minute show featuring highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.
In addition to competitions and tournaments, Twitter and @IGN partnered to bring gaming fans live content from the industry’s top events like the 2017 E3 Expo. Gaming and entertainment fans worldwide saw over 30 hours of live coverage featuring major press briefings from @Sony, @Microsoft, @EA, and @Ubisoft. The live streams also included exclusive demos, new gameplay, and live interviews from the industry’s biggest game creators and producers.
And Twitter live streamed The Game Awards (@thegameawards), an annual awards ceremony that unites video game industry creators, eSports champions, influencers and Hollywood names for a night of awards, exclusive game world premieres and musical performances.
The annual awards show was a huge hit with gaming fans on Twitter, with the live stream generating 20x the unique viewers over last year’s event. Additionally, the number of people tweeting about The Game Awards related-content doubled year over year, with #TheGameAwards hashtag usage up 2.7x compared to 2016.
Innovative gaming activations on Twitter
On Twitter, fans are able to watch their favorite video game content, Tweet along with their favorite esports teams and players, and can connect with fellow fans globally to discuss what’s happening in gaming.
For the first time last year, Twitter gave esports fans the opportunity to vote for the MVP of ESL One Hamburg via a Direct Message (DM) experience. The new DM experience was the only way for ESL One fans worldwide to vote for the tournament’s most valuable player -- all from a user’s personal Direct Messages on Twitter.
Twitter BlueRoom at an arena near you
Whether you're at an arena like Barclays Center in Brooklyn or in the comfort of your home, Twitter is always helping facilitate the conversation around every esports event.
At ESL One New York last September, Twitter invited teams and players to visit to shoot exclusive Twitter promo content. The BlueRoom was decked out with Twitter swag, monitors with real-time ESL One Twitter conversation and a live stream of the tournament.
Esports fan (and music and TV superstar) Ice-T (@FINALLEVEL) even stopped by for a visit:
Gaming and esports is happening on Twitter. Stay close as Twitter brings more creators, video and conversation to the platform in 2018 and beyond!