Many games were released this year, but not all were trending in the streamers’ community. Hence, here are the 5 most popular games on Twitch in 2023
Twitch is the world’s leading live-streaming platform and gaming community for people all over the world. The platform hosts over 15 million viewers on a daily basis, so naturally, all of the games that gain traction end up on there. With the amount of amazing games that were released this year, Twitch was filled with streamers talking about and playing one or the other, all through the year. With New Year’s Eve around the corner, it is only fitting that we talk about the most popular games on Twitch this year. Hence, here is our list of the 5 most popular games on Twitch in 2023.
5 most popular games on Twitch in 2023
A fair few games went viral on the internet this year, but not all of them were Twitch viewers’ favorites. Hence, without further ado, here is a list of the 5 most popular games on Twitch in 2023:
Diablo IV is a multiplayer fantasy action role-playing game in a dungeon setting (RPG) which is online only. It is the fourth main installment in the series of games of the Diablo franchise, which was released on June 5, 2023. The game was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment and Team 3. In the game, players have to complete quests, all through the power of their character’s combative skills. These combative skills are based on the boosts and attributes that they gain from their equipped weapons. The gameplay is mainly focused on the aspect of gaining stronger weapons and progressing through dungeons by defeating various enemies. The game follows the same staple features as the previous installments in the series.
New features were also added which include two game modes: player-versus-player combat and open world. The plot of the game revolves around the simple folk of Sanctuary rather than politics or the royals. In its release month, the game had 156M watched hours in total, which makes it one of the most popular games on Twitch in 2023.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 is a high-fantasy and mythological role-playing video game (RPG). It was developed and published by Larian Studios on August 3, 2023. It is a game heavily inspired by the tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. The game has a set story which players have to progress and find out by playing. The story is divided into three different acts which take place in a distinct region of the world. They can do this in single-player mode or team up online with other players to play in a cooperative scene. The gameplay is mainly focused on turn-based combat where players have to complete quests, which mostly have a few different ways or approaches they can take to resolve them.
Players also have companion characters throughout the game, who they can develop relationships with depending on the choices they make. These choices are made with their dialogue and plot choices as they progress through the story. In its release month, the game had 45M watched hours in total, which makes it one of the most popular games on Twitch in 2023.
Lethal Company is a co-op survival indie game of the horror genre and the game is currently in early access. The game was published on October 24, 2023, by the developer, Zeekeerss who is known to be a Roblox developer. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic and retrofuturistic dystopian world. An anonymous corporate organization named the “Company” hires players on a contract to explore abandoned and industrialized moons to collect scraps for sale and meet a profit quota every 3 days. During these exploration adventures on the moons, players have to face many dangerous creatures, which range from entirely harmless, almost comical creatures to instant one-hit killers. They also have to face adverse weather conditions during their moon explorations.
Players also have access to many specialized tools in the game which aid their exploration adventures and help them collect more scraps for the Company. They can also add items to their ship to personalize it. In December alone, the game has 26M hours watched making it one of the most popular games on Twitch in 2023.
The Finals is a first-person survival multiplayer shooter game that is free to play online. It is a game developed and published by Nexon, which is a subsidiary of Embark Studios, on December 7, 2023. The gameplay focuses on team-based matches on various maps with a destructible environment, which is one of the stand-out features. The game might look like a typical first-person shooter co-op game, but it is not because it was inspired by the popular movies, The Hunger Games and Gladiator. The setting of the game is based on people or players playing in a televised show, a virtual combat show to be exact. This is based on the fact that during matches, players can see holographic crowds.
Commentary is provided for the matches by various hosts, who observe the status of the teams or the whole match itself. There are various modes in the game, including the base mode known as “Cashout” where teams of 3 players have to complete various objectives by defeating enemies. The game has 17M hours watched in total making it one of the most popular games on Twitch in 2023.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is an action and adventure story-mode game. It is a game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment and it was released on October 20, 2023, exclusively on PlayStation 5 (PS5). It is the third installment in the Marvel’s Spider-Man series which is based on the long-running Marvel comic book character, Spider-Man. The story of this game is based around the main characters, Peter Parker and Miles Morales, who struggle with problems in their personal lives while battling against new enemies and upholding their role as the superhero, Spider-Man. These new enemies include the popular villain, an extraterrestrial symbiote, Venom and a private militia of super-powered individuals or soldiers led by Kraven the Hunter.
The gameplay includes features from the previous installment with multiple playstyles alongside new tools, combat abilities and web-based gadgets for the two Spider-Men as players progress through the story. There are also side-missions and collectibles scattered throughout the game. The game has nearly 15M hours watched in total making it one of the most popular games on Twitch in 2023.
Needless to say, impressing the gaming community on Twitch is not an easy feat at all. Despite there being so many game releases including big and hyped ones including Starfield, not all of them were accepted by the Twitch community. Only the games that were polished to perfect and gave the gamers what they wanted made the cut. Hence, make sure to check out the 5 most popular games on Twitch in 2023 and find out if your favorite game of this year made it into the list or not. Also, check out the worst game releases of 2023 to find out which ones were disappointing and stay tuned for more in the upcoming year!