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The quick rise and even quicker fall of Among Us - What really happened?

Everything to know about the rise and fall of Among Us (Image via InnerSloth)
Everything to know about the rise and fall of Among Us (Image via InnerSloth)
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InnerSloth's Among Us burst into the limelight in 2020, and quickly became one of the most streamed games of 2020 across various platforms.

Despite being released in 2018, Among Us' popularity hit its peak in August 2020. From becoming the most viewed game on streaming platforms to ranking as one of the most played games on Steam, Among Us took the entire gaming community by storm last year.

However, the game was unable to carry on its successful streak as players started to leave for other games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Valheim. Despite being one of the most successful games of 2020, the developers at InnerSloth haven't been able to attract enough players to stick to the game this year.

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Among Us' viewership stats (Image via SullyGnome)

The fall of Among Us

Considering the mechanics of Among Us, a variety of factors could have led to the game's fall from grace. From frustrating experiences in public lobbies to famous streamers like PewDiePie, Sykkuno, and others moving on to different games. A number of different reasons contributed to the fall of Among Us.

Although the game did manage to recreate a small portion of its previous success with the release of the new Airship map, players and viewers did not stay around for long. The game has had a peak count of 31,595 players over the last 30 days on Steam.

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Among Us' recent Steam stats (Image via Steam Charts)

Compared to Among Us' highest peak player count of 438,524 in September 2020, the number presented by the game recently confirms that the game is not played nearly as often as it used to be.

InnerSloth had previously confirmed that there were plans for a sequel to Among Us, but it remains to be seen whether the developers will venture down that path. Considering the huge fall in the number of Among Us players, the chances for the social deduction game making a comeback appear extremely bleak.

Among Us was definitely one of the most played games in 2020 and became a global sensation owing to its easy availability as well as cross-play features. It will be interesting to see how the developers respond to the fall of Among Us and whether the game will be able to regain the popularity that it enjoyed during its prime days.

Edited by suwaidfazal
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