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Gaming grabs the high score on Twitter

By ‎@rdotchadha‎
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

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 2018, there were 1 billion Tweets about gaming globally.

That’s a lot of Tweets… gaming & esports on Twitter continues to level up!

Fans of gaming around the globe came to Twitter throughout the year to discuss the most anticipated game titles, cheer on their favorite esports teams, and to join a community of passionate, like-minded fanatics all year long.

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Here’s a look at the regions that Tweeted most about gaming in 2018:

  1. Japan
  2. United States
  3. United Kingdom
  4. France
  5. Korea 
  6. Spain
  7. Brazil
  8. Canada
  9. Mexico
  10. Germany

Gaming enthusiasts from around the globe came to Twitter in 2018 to discuss all of the top game titles.

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Here’s a look at the most-Tweeted about games last year:

  1. Fate/Grand Order (@fgoproject)
  2. Fortnite (@FortniteGame)
  3. Monster Strike (@MStrikeOfficial)
  4. Splatoon (@SplatoonJP)
  5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (@PUBG)
  6. Granblue Fantasy (@granbluefantasy)
  7. Ensemble Stars (@ensemble_stars)
  8. Super Smash Brothers (@NintendoAmerica)
  9. Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch)
  10. Final Fantasy (@FinalFantasy)

And on the topic of esports, fans also made sure to keep tabs on their favorite athletes on the platform. Here’s a look at the most-Tweeted about esports athletes: 

  1. Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper)
  2. Félix Lengyel (@xQc)
  3. Juan DeBiedma (@LiquidHbox)
  4. Yiliang Peng (@TLDoublelift)
  5. Ian Porter (@OpTic_Crimsix)
  6. Gabriel Toledo (@FalleNCS)
  7. James Clayton Eubanks (@Clayster)
  8. William Peter Hjelte (@TSM_Leffen)
  9. Dillon Price (@Attach)
  10. Thomas Paparratto (@ZooMaa)

These esports franchises were the most mentioned on Twitter last year:

  1. FaZe Clan (@fazeclan)
  2. OpTic Gaming (@opticgaming)
  3. Cloud9 (@cloud9)
  4. FNATIC (@FNATIC)
  5. TSM (@tsm)
  6. Houston Outlaws (@outlaws)
  7. Dallas Fuel (@dallasfuel)
  8. G2 Esport (@g2esports)
  9. London Spitfire (@spitfire)
  10. Team Liquid (@teamliquid)
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While E3 netted nearly 15 million Tweets on the platform, several other major events around the globe got fans Tweeting. These are the most talked about gaming events of the year:

  1. E3
  2. Tokyo Game Show 2018
  3. The Game Awards 2018
  4. 2018 League of Legends World Championship
  5. Overwatch League Inaugural Season Championship
  6. ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  7. FACEIT Major: London 2018
  8. Gamescom 2018
  9. BlizzCon 2018
  10. TwitchCon 2018
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Bringing fans closer to the action
2018 was the year we gave fans the inside scoop on some of them most popular gaming personalities’ - including @Ninja and @Nadeshot - favorite Tweets only on Twitter.

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Twitter and @TheGameAwards also introduced the first-ever #TwitterGamingAward, celebrating the moments that generated the best conversation on Twitter in 2018.

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What’s Happening in 2019
With all that enthusiasm about gaming & esports, there’s a lot still to come in 2019. 

@OverwatchLeague
Twitter will once again drive Overwatch League’s distribution of near-real-time highlight clips from every match of the Overwatch League regular season, playoffs, Grand Finals, and All-Star Weekend.

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Watchpoint, a preview show covering upcoming Overwatch League matches, will be streamed live on Twitter via @overwatchleague in 2019. Watchpoint provides fans with stats, match predictions, analysis, and more.

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Gaming and esports is happening on Twitter. Keep an eye on @TwitterGaming to stay close to all the news and action as Twitter brings more creators, video and gaming conversation to the platform in 2019 and beyond!

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