Watching live-streams of video games is the new hip thing to do. Not everyone enjoys it, but there’s no denying that streaming video games has blown up over the past few years, earning some YouTubers millions of subscribers, and millions of dollars.
We’ve already seen The Top 10 Biggest Gaming Videos of 2015.
Now let’s take a look at which games topped the list as the most popular YouTube titles of the year. These are all games that were released this year. Sorry, no Minecraft kids.
Unlike the previous list, which ranked videos based on everything from views to shares to comments, this list is purely views and length-of-time watched.
So, without further adieu…
Top 10 Games released in 2015
Once again, I find myself realizing I need to go play the Five Night’s At Freddy’s games, which are simply incredibly popular on YouTube.
The rest of the games—other than Agar.io—I’m familiar enough with. I’ve played each of them except FIFA 16 this year. (I can’t do soccer video games.) ARK: Survival Evolved is a bit surprising, at least at number 4. I knew the dinosaur game, which is still in its pre-release stages, was popular but I underestimated just how popular.
Batman: Arkham Knight surprises me also, though it’s possible a good deal of the videos were showing off its many bugs on PC.
I can definitely see how Until Dawn would be popular, simply because watching it is almost as much fun as playing it (which may also be the key to Five Nights At Freddy’s success, actually, though I’m just speculating.)
Both Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Fallout 4 launched later in the year, making their inclusion impressive. Then again, they represent two of the biggest video game franchises in existence, so it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. And people are just nuts when it comes to soccer/football/futbol so FIFA 16 is a no-brainer.
It’s also interesting to see what’s not on the list. There’s no Star Wars: Battlefront, no Destiny: The Taken King, in spite of both these games being major releases this year with competitive elements that make them fun to watch. It’s almost a shame Splatoon didn’t make the cut.
If nothing else, this list tells me I have two games to try out in the near future: Five Night’s At Freddy’s 1-4 and Agar.io, which looks fascinating and quite different from anything I normally play.