Among Us dominating mobile gaming and blowing up on Twitch too!

The hit game prizes deception over dexterity, and that has enabled some lesser known streamers to rise to the top.

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Among Us has been one of the biggest games of the year, and thanks to new data from Sensor Tower, we have an idea of just how huge it has been on mobile: it was the top game on both the iOS App Store and Google Play in Q3 2020, according to Sensor Tower’s data. Sensor Tower also estimates that Among Us — which was first released in 2018 — passed 100 million downloads just in Q3 2020, significantly eclipsing the more than 68 million downloads for the next highest-downloaded game, My Talking Tom Friends.

It appears doubtless that the sport will proceed to be massively well-liked for the subsequent short while. As I write this, it’s nonetheless on the high of the App Retailer and Google Play free video games charts. And on PC, the place it prices $4.99, Amongst Us is at present the fourth-most-played sport on Steam, sitting under solely Counter-Strike: World OffensiveDota 2, and PUBG.

Amongst Us has additionally been a success on Twitch, up a full 650 % in hours watched from July to August. The sport’s reputation has additionally trickled over to Discord, which has seen a enormous spike in cell downloads. Developer InnerSloth has canceled a deliberate Amongst Us sequel to give attention to the primary sport.

The game’s base mechanics aren’t particularly deep. The tasks are mini games where players flip light switches, connect wires, or reset the ship’s Wi-Fi. Players get better at popping through ventilation shafts and sabotaging the oxygen supply by playing as impostors more often — but most of the legwork comes when they have to lie their way out of a jam

“It’s a game of murder, mystery, deceit, and betrayal,” said streamer Ludwig Ahren recently. “The only tool we have is communication. It’s all about talking to each other.”