Twitter Saw a 71% Increase in Gaming Conversation in the Second Half of March 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons leads chatter on the platform so far this year

For the U.S. specifically, Twitter said there was an 89% increase in gaming conversation volume Kerkez/iStock

Video games are currently a hot topic on Twitter, with the coronavirus pandemic keeping people at home and eliminating other forms of entertainment.

The social network revealed Monday that it saw a 71% increase in gaming-related conversation volume and a 38% increase in unique authors in the second half of March, when social distancing measures were put in place.

For the U.S. specifically, Twitter said there was an 89% increase in conversation volume and a 50% increase in unique authors.


Conversations picked up following the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons March 20. New Horizons has been the most-tweeted-about game on Twitter globally so far in 2020, followed by Fate/Grand Order and Final Fantasy in second and third place, respectively.

Here are the 10 most-tweeted-about games on Twitter, globally, so far this year:

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. Fate/Grand Order
  3. Final Fantasy
  4. Ensemble Stars!
  5. Fortnite
  6. Monster Strike
  7. Granblue Fantasy
  8. Identity V
  9. Minecraft
  10. Knives Out

Looking at the last 30 days in the U.S., the most-tweeted about games were:

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. Call of Duty
  3. Final Fantasy
  4. Fortnite
  5. Fire Emblem
  6. Doom
  7. Super Mario
  8. NBA 2K
  9. Overwatch
  10. The Legend of Zelda

Twitter also ranked the countries that are tweeting the most about Animal Crossing:

  1. Japan
  2. United States
  3. Korea
  4. France
  5. Spain

Finally, switching gears to esports, Twitter ranked the most-tweeted about esports teams over the last 30 days:

  1. @FaZeClan
  2. @G2Esports
  3. @mibr
  4. @FNATIC
  5. @Cloud9
  6. @T1
  7. @TeamLiquid
  8. @Luminosity
  9. @paiNGaming
  10. @TSM