Twitter recently announced that it had one billion gaming tweets globally in 2018. In addition to this, the social media platform also revealed its most tweeted games of 2018. It appears that neither PUBG nor Fortnite managed to be the most tweeted game of 2018. Instead, that honour goes to smartphone role-playing game Fate Grand Order. Developed by Japan-based Delightworks and published by Aniplex, a subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The game isn’t even available in all markets, limited to US and Canada outside of Japan. Speaking of which, Japan also nabbed the top slot for the country that tweeted the most about gaming in the year.
According to Rishi Chadha, Twitter’s Head of Gaming Content Partnerships, E3 2018 saw almost 15 million tweets on the platform, followed by Tokyo Game Show, and The Game Awards.
Most tweeted games 2018
- Fate Grand Order
- Monster Strike
- Splatoon 2
- Granblue Fantasy
- Ensemble Stars
- Super Smash Brothers
- Final Fantasy
While PUBG and Fortnite didn’t fare too badly, it’s interesting that the former was bested by Splatoon 2, which released on the Nintendo Switch in 2017, while older titles like Overwatch and Granblue Fantasy made the cut.
As for Fate Grand Order, its success seems to extend beyond Twitter. Research firm Sensor Tower reported that the game made over $2 billion, with 97 percent of its revenue coming from Japan.
“Based on the Fate series of Japanese anime and manga, the game launched in Japan in August 2015 and has been a top 10 grossing mobile game there ever since,” a post from Sensor Tower’s Randy Nelson reads. “Fate Grand Order revenue surpassed $290 million worldwide last quarter on the App Store and Google Play, representing a 35 percent increase year-over-year from the second quarter of 2017.”
“Sensor Tower estimates show that iOS gamers contribute approximately 64 percent of Fate Grand Order’s revenue globally, compared to 36 percent from Google Play. The game was No. 3 in terms of worldwide revenue last month across both platforms, grossing more than $100 million, ranking No. 4 and No. 3 for App Store and Google Play revenue, respectively.”