What made ‘Among Us’ the most popular game in the world?

At the time of writing this article the game has seen 41.9 million downloads in September alone. In August it had seen 18.4 million downloads and if you consider that its total downloads by July 2020 were 2.4 million downloads, you’d be safe calling that “meteoric growth”. If you look at Twitch viewer stats for the game, just a few months ago in June, the game had around 14 channels dedicated to it and averaged around 174 viewers per month. Now the game averages 80,000 viewers and around 13 million hours of watched content. If you add to this the fact that the game is more than 2 years old, having originally released in 2018, one really starts to wonder how on Earth that happened.

Let’s start by explaining what exactly Among Us is all about. In a nutshell, amongushack is a multiplayer party game wherein 4-10 players take the roles of spaceship crew members tasked with preparing their spaceship for departure by completing several basic scientific tasks. However, ORYX Gaming content Among us the innocent crew members are a few randomly assigned alien imposters whose goals are to kill and frame the crew members, sabotage the ship and most importantly do so without being caught. In that way, the game isn’t too new as a concept and is very similar to games such as Mafia, Werewolf and Project Winter.

So why the insane increase in popularity?

Well, most people are attributing the rise in popularity to the game being adopted by several huge Twitch and YouTube streamers picking up the game thereby raising awareness of its existence to their millions of fans. On top of this, the game allows for easy collaborations between these big streamers resulting in 10 big name streamers all bringing together their millions of fans to create a perfect storm of viewership growth.

What is it about the game itself that has made it so popular?

Cost – let’s be honest, the cost is always a big factor when it comes to games and the fact that the game is free on mobile (if you suffer through the adverts) and R40 or $5 on Steam, you certainly have a low bar to overcome in terms of getting players to try the game out.

Very basic requirements – the game hardly needs the latest and most powerful hardware to run – requiring 1 GB of RAM, 250mb of hard drive space and a PC powerful enough to handle Windows 7. For the full experience we recommend a microphone to enable voice chat, but other than that you don’t need much.

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