Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has been one of the most anticipated games of 2019, and it seems that the hype has rubbed off on streamers and their viewers.
According to numbers from Twitch Tracker, Death Stranding has been the second most watched game on Twitch in the last seven days, averaging around 97,000 viewers and peaking on November 9 at over 290,000 across the platform. This means it has been watched more than Fortnite, Modern Warfare, and even the Just Chatting section, with only League of Legends being more popular. Despite many dubbing Death Stranding as a ‘box carrying simulator’, it seems that the game’s stunning visuals and in-depth story have drawn in a big audience since its release last week.
While there was always going to be some interest in Death Stranding, it is rare for a single-player, non-competitive, story-driven title such as this to be so popular. The game has been streamed by a number of well-known Twitch personalities, such as Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, Chance ‘Sodapoppin’ Morris and Saqib ‘Lirik’ Zahid.
With a total of 15.8 million hours watched over the last week the success of Death Stranding as a streamable experience is encouraging and may lead to more of Twitch’s biggest names dabbling with single-player titles in the future.
One Korean streamer became so engrossed with the game, that she decided to put together an off-the-cuff cosplay of the lead character, Sam Porter Bridges, featuring her rather adorable pet dog…
Sure, the interest in Death Stranding will now likely tail off, but you can’t help but be impressed at its first week numbers.