Animal Crossing Led Gaming Chatter on Twitter in the First Half of 2020

Japan tweeted about games the most during this time

Twitter saw a 71% YoY increase in gaming-related conversation volume in the first half of 2020 Kerkez/iStock

Video games were a major topic on Twitter in the first half of 2020, with Animal Crossing continuing to lead gaming conversation on the platform following its launch March 20. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the most-tweeted-about game on Twitter as of March, and it also took the top spot for the first six months of the year.

Twitter said over 1 billion gaming-related tweets were shared during the first half of 2020. For this time period, the social network saw a 71% year-over-year increase in conversation volume and a 46% year-over-year increase in unique authors.


Globally, the most-tweeted-about games in the first half of 2020 were:

  1. Animal Crossing
  2. Fate/Grand Order
  3. Final Fantasy
  4. Disney: Twisted-Wonderland
  5. Fortnite
  6. Ensemble Stars!
  7. Knives Out
  8. Apex Legends
  9. Identity V
  10. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Twitter also ranked the top 10 countries that tweeted the most about gaming during this time:

  1. Japan
  2. U.S.
  3. South Korea
  4. Brazil
  5. Thailand
  6. France
  7. U.K.
  8. India
  9. Spain
  10. Philippines

Twitter’s Topics feature, which officially debuted last November, allows users to follow specific topics to see tweets from multiple accounts related to them. Twitter said the most-followed gaming topics in the first half of 2020 were:

  1. Gaming
  2. Esports
  3. Animal Crossing
  4. Call of Duty
  5. PlayStation
  6. Nintendo
  7. Fortnite
  8. Xbox
  9. Minecraft
  10. Pokemon

Switching to esports, these were the most-talked-about teams on Twitter during the first six months of 2020:

  1. @FazeClan
  2. @MIBR
  3. @G2Esports
  4. @paiNGamingBR
  5. @FNATIC
  6. @flaesports
  7. @T1
  8. @Cloud9
  9. @100Thieves
  10. @furiagg

Finally, Twitter ranked the most-tweeted-about video game conferences that were held in the first half of 2020:

  • The Future of Gaming on PS5 Event
  • Niconico Net Chokaigi 2020
  • Xbox Games Showcase
  • PAX East 2020
  • Ubisoft Forward 2020