Escape from Tarkov

DrLupo explains why Escape from Tarkov is an “absolute blast” to play

Published: 6/Jan/2020 5:30 Updated: 6/Jan/2020 5:36

by Andrew Amos

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Like many other content creators, Benjamin ‘DrLupo’ Lupo has been trying his hand at FPS title Escape from Tarkov this week, with the streamer saying he’s been “hoping for a moment like this for the game.”

Escape from Tarkov has taken over Twitch to start off 2020, frequently topping the charts as the most viewed game on the platform. ‘Dr Disrespect,’ Michael ‘shroud’ Grzemiek, and other streamers have fantasized over the game, helping refresh the livestreaming landscape.

DrLupo is the latest streamer to speak positively about the Battlestate FPS-RPG fusion, saying that streaming the game to his audience has been rewarding.

SecretlabDrLupo has found a deeper love for streaming thanks to Escape from Tarkov.

The streamer opened up to his fans on Twitter on January 5, describing how Tarkov has made him fall deeper in love with streaming once again.

“Streaming Tarkov has been an absolute blast,” he said. “Been hoping for a moment like this for the game. No matter how long it lasts, I hope people enjoy watching it. I haven’t been this happy streaming a game in a bit.”

While DrLupo has been streaming EFT on-and-off over the last year, he’s seen a major spike in viewership this week thanks to the activation of in-game drops.

His channel has peaked at just shy of 40,000 viewers multiple times over the last seven days, with many people tuning in for the chance to get some loot.

The numbers replicate the streamer’s success during the release of Fortnite, to which he was incredibly thankful to his fans, old and new alike.

“My channel saw numbers that we haven’t in a long time, in a game I’ve had a love for since I started playing it a long time ago,” he said on January 3. “I literally don’t know what to say other than thank you.”

The drops haven’t just affected DrLupo’s channel, but the entire platform. The game has peaked at the top of Twitch across the drops period as well, with almost 26 million hours watched, up 594% from the week before. 

The game’s most popular content creator ‘Pestily’ reached almost six million hours watched on his channel this week alone, up over 4,600%. He beat the likes of Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel and Dr Disrespect, who have also been streaming the game.

SullygnomeDrLupo’s stream exploded when the Escape from Tarkov drops started.

With drops now disabled, whether the game will be able to maintain its position at the top of Twitch will now be questioned.

But for players like DrLupo, they’ll be hoping to ride the wave as long as possible to enjoy making content for one of their favorite games without the stress of conforming to what everyone wants.

Escape from Tarkov

How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 0:48

by Lauren Bergin

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Battlestate Games have always been about building a fun community, but now they’re letting players influence the game design itself by launching the Escape from Tarkov Early Test Server. 

Escape from Tarkov’s developers, Battlestate Games, has always had a reputation for communicating with the game’s fanbase. By doing this, they’ve formed a dedicated community of players and fans who truly live and breathe the game.

These fans know that the updates for Tarkov are few and far between, normally coming in big chunks instead of occasional drip-fed updates. The announcement of new guns in early November certainly caused a stir, especially with Streets of Tarkov still looming somewhere on the horizon.

To add to the excitement, Tarkov’s devs have come up with an interesting way of including their fans in the development process: the Early Test Server.

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Streets of Tarkov is hopefully coming soon, but fans may be included in its development

What is the Early Test Server?

The Tarkov early test program works similarly to the PBE in LoL or Experimental Mode in Overwatch. As Battlestate’s tweet says, the ETS allows players to “test and run new features, content, and updates before they appear in the game, and allow players to contribute to the world of Escape from Tarkov.”

Additionally, it will help the devs identify any bugs or fixes in a tighter timeframe. Therefore, it will help ensure that any new updates are as polished as possible.

How to access the Early Test Server

In order to participate in the Early Test Server, you must have an active copy of Escape from Tarkov.

To become a part of the Early Test server, simply follow these steps:

  • Activate the launcher.
  • Fill in the ETS form.
  • Await notification that you’ve been selected.

It’s great to see the game’s devs reaching out to their fans to ensure that the Tarkov experience is the best it can be. So, if you fancy shaping the face of Tarkov, apply for the ETS: The possibilities are limitless!