Twitter Saw A Record-Breaking Two Billion Gaming Tweets in 2020

Animal Crossing, next-gen console launches, and gaming personalities all contributed towards a huge increase in Twitter gaming discussion numbers.


2020 was a year where most people sought security and comfort at home, staving off boredom with video games and naturally tweeting about their experiences along the way. With a number of high-profile games, next-gen console launches, and some controversy along the way, Twitter saw record-breaking numbers about gaming on its platform.

According to the social media platform, the topic of video games resulted in an all-time high of more than 2 billion tweets throughout the year, a 75% increase from 2019's numbers. Gaming was the sixth most-followed topic on Twitter and within that category, topics such as esports, Fortnite, and gaming influencers dominated various discussions. Twitter says that these were the ten most popular topics that users tweeted about:

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Most-Followed Gaming Topics

  1. Gaming
  2. Gaming News
  3. Esports
  4. Gaming Influencers
  5. Playstation
  6. Fortnite
  7. Call of Duty
  8. Minecraft
  9. Animal Crossing
  10. Xbox

Japan was the country that tweeted most about gaming, followed by the US, Korea, and Brazil. As for the actual games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the most popular title to talk about on Twitter, while surprise entries such as Fate/Grand Order, Disney: Twisted-Wonderland, and Identity V also earned spots on the top ten list.

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Most Tweeted About Video Games

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (@animalcrossing)
  2. Fate/Grand Order (@fgoproject)
  3. Disney: Twisted-Wonderland (@twst_jp)
  4. Final Fantasy (@FinalFantasy)
  5. Fortnite (@fortnitegame)
  6. Ensemble Stars! (@ensemble_stars)
  7. Knives Out (@game_knives_out)
  8. Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact)
  9. Apex Legends (@PlayApex)
  10. Identity V (@IdentityVJP)

The 2020 Game Awards was the most tweeted about game event in 2020, while The Future of Gaming on PS5 Event, Tokyo Game Show 2020, Niconico Net Chokaigi 2020, and the Xbox Games Showcase filled out the rest of that list. When it came to video game personalities, content creator and G2 Esports presenter Ibai Garatea Llanos was the most popular person in video gaming to talk about. Seán McLoughlin--better known online as JackSepticEye--was the third most popular personality, followed closely by Richard "Ninja" Blevins in fourth place.

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Most Tweeted About Gaming Personalities

  1. @ibaillanos
  2. @rubiu5
  3. @jack_septic_eye
  4. @ninja
  5. @pokimanelol
  6. @timthetatman
  7. @BadBoyHalo
  8. @technothepig
  9. @georgenotfound
  10. @Corpse_Husband

Esports had few surprises on Twitter. The social media's records showed that FaZe Clan was the team that had the most Twitter attention, Mongraal garnered all the attention as the esports athlete that people couldn't stop tweeting about, and League of Legends World 2020 beat EVO Japan 2020 to be the most talked-about gaming event of last year.

While it remains to be seen if 2021 will surpass these numbers, the platform is already being used for something new, as you can now play Pokemon Red through Twitter user Constantin Lietard's account.

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