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PHL ranked 9th in 2020 gaming tweets

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WHEN most people stayed at home due to Covid-19 lockdowns, video games become one of the most popular past times and talked-about online among Filipinos in 2020, according to an American microblogging and social networking service provider.  This is shown in the country’s improved global ranking from 10th in 2019 to ninth last year in terms of gaming tweets. In fact, gaming conversations here even rose to 87 percent from 2019 to 2020.

Always in the know of the latest in the gaming scene, the five most tweeted about games among Filipinos were “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” “Genshin Impact,” “Among Us Game,” “PUBG” and “League of Legends.” Twitter was also the “go-to” place for netizens in the country to find updates on their favorite gamers and teams. To wit, T1 was the most talked about esports team nationwide, then OG esports, G2 esports, FNATIC, TSM, Team Secret, Cloud 9, Gen G, Team Liquid, and FaZe Clan.

These were some of the results reflecting the growing passion of Filipinos about gaming that made the Philippines’s presence felt more on Twitter, thus surpassing Spain in the Top 10 list of countries that tweeted the most about gaming in 2020.

Japan led the eight leading spots, followed by the United States, Korea, Brazil, Thailand, the United Kingdom, France and India.

Twitter reported that for the first time ever, there were more than two billion tweets about gaming throughout that year worldwide, up 75 percent from 2019. Also, there was a 49-percent hike in unique authors last year.  Due to social or physical distancing protocol, gaming fans globally turned to Twitter to talk about the biggest moments of the year and used it as a place to connect with fellow gamers when many couldn’t connect in person.

Just like in the Philippines, Animal Crossing: New Horizons topped the gaming tweets in 2020. The other most tweeted-about games were “F Go Project,” “TWST JP,” “Final Fantasy,” “Fortnite Game,” “Ensemble Stars,” “Game Knives Out,” Genshin Impact, “Play Apex” and “Identity VJP.” Ibaillanos was the biggest gaming personality on Twitter last year, followed by Rubiu 5, Jack Septic Eye, Ninja, Pokimanelol, Tim The Tat Man, Bad Boy Halo, Techno The Pig, George Not Found, and Corpse Husband.

Internationally, the esports conversation was up 14 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, with FaZe Clan being the most tweeted-about team, followed by G2 esports, MIBR, FNATIC, Pai N Gaming BR, T1, Cloud 9, FURIA, Fla esports, and 100 Thieves.

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