February has seen an influx of streams over on the Twitch frontline, with millions pouring hours into some of the trendiest games of 2022 so far. The question is, which of the millions have garnered the most attention as of late? Well, there's the thing. Although we're only a couple of months in, 2022 has already discovered its most popular titles, meaning the table has already been set for others to join.
It's February, so chances are, you're casting your eye on the likes of Dying Light 2, Sifu, Elden Ring, and of course, Horizon: Forbidden West. And although these are all key players in the month's line-up, is it really what Twitch streamers are channeling their efforts into? Well, in reality, here's what's trending over on the Twitch front right now.
5. Total War: Warhammer III
Creative Assembly's latest entry to the Total War series has been conjuring quite the storm over on the Twitch front these past few days. Ever since its Feb. 17 launch, the game has only continued to evolve and retain a foothold on the streamers' podium. With just shy of two million watch hours under its belt over the last seven days, the chapter has secured its place as the fifth most popular game on the current market.
Continuing the standard practice of enrolling players in a world of mind-boggling strategic gameplay, Total War: Warhammer III carries the reins into a brand new era, complete with next-level performance enhancements and visuals. As far as real-time strategy games go, this one stands tall as a prominent pawn worth bowing down to.
Of course, it's not as if Fortnite has ever really lost the bulk of its viewership since its early 2017 launch, nor is it something that is likely to disperse over the coming months, either. The fact is, with a constant flurry of seasons, skins, and promotional events filling out the platform, it's evident the game intends to power through for years to come.
Now, with just under three million watch hours over the last week alone, we can see the point has already been made, loud and clear. In a textbook fashion, Fortnite has once again hogged the spotlight over on Twitch. Even with five years under its belt since its inception, the kingdom still pulls millions of players, thousands of tournaments, and billions of watch hours. Call it what you want, but there's no ignoring the fact that Fortnite is, and always will be, one of the most popular games of all time.
3. Horizon: Forbidden West
One of the most highly anticipated games of 2022 was, without a shadow of a doubt, Horizon: Forbidden West. Ever since Guerrilla Games announced it a couple of years back, both role-playing fans and industry insiders flocked to the scene to scoop out any spec of detail surrounding the next leg of the journey. And now that it's out, of course, it's only natural for it to garner as many views as we originally expected. Just a smidgen over five million, to be exact.
Besides Sifu, which also raked in quite the admirable number of viewers last week, Horizon: Forbidden West holds a similar place near the apex of Twitch streams. And that's understandable, considering it's Sony's biggest launch title of Q1 2022. These numbers, of course, are likely to see a steady incline over the next two weeks, when Elden Ring will more than likely claim the top spot. But don't take our word on that.
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The great thing about PvP games is that, despite players coming and going with each passing year, the competitive scene never really falters. A decade could very well pass, and yet, local and international venues could still sing a certain game's praises by hosting healthy competitions. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive—shock horror—is one of these.
Despite the fact CS:GO has been going for a little over a decade, the platform itself still holds a permanent position in the market. Sure, it's a little outdated and in no way a force strong enough to snatch viewers from all the latest triple-A releases, but it still has its loyal fan base, and that fan base remains true to its kingdom. 7 million watch hours in the last week alone just proves that, to be fair.
1. Lost Ark
There's no doubt about it. Lost Ark is, and probably will be for the next month, the most hyped up game on the market. Not only is it the most played—but also the most watched game on the planet—with figures that exceed 18 million in the last week alone. And that's just the tip of the iceberg to an entire plethora of hype the game has amassed since its early February launch.
Lost Ark has been commended for its stunning art style and engrossing environments, as well as its thought-out lore and slew of unique quests and embellishments. Although barely in its infancy, the game has already gone on to amass record-breaking figures over on the Twitch front, and will continue to exceed targets for as long as viewers pitch in to tally up its ratings.
So, what's your take? Have you spent time with any of the above? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.