Gaming

The Witcher 3 officially a best-selling game again after Netflix series

Published: 27/Jan/2020 22:16 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 15:38

by Bill Cooney

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Netflix’s new Witcher series came out at the end of December 2019, and introduced a whole new audience to the world of Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri.

As a result, the 2015 Witcher 3 title, set in the same universe as the show, has once again become a best-selling video game.

More than 1.5 million people preordered TW3 when it first came out in 2015, and it’s gone on to sell 40 million total copies while being widely considered one of the best games to come out in the 2010’s.

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The Witcher 3 is still considered one of the best RPG games of all time, even a half-decade after its release.

Data on how well The Witcher 3 was doing following Netflix’s announcement of the show was compiled by the big brains over at Thinkum, who found that sales began to skyrocket even before the series came out.

“At Amazon.com, where only the top-100 items are tracked, The Witcher had all but disappeared from the site’s sales ranks between August 2017 and last fall,” Thinkum said. “But then in October, when details for the Netflix show were first revealed, the titles shot to the top-10 at Amazon, peaking at 4 out of 100 on October 9, 2019.”

At the time of writing, the game is still in Amazon’s top-100 games and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down soon.

It is also listed as one of the most popular games on Steam at the time of writing, which makes sense since The Witcher 3 originally came out on console, so PC players may have missed out on some of the hype.

CD Projekt Red, the game studio behind the series, certainly doesn’t mind the extra attention their game has gotten thanks to the show.

The studio is currently working on another highly-anticipated RPG: Cyberpunk 2077 (whose release was recently delayed until fall of 2019) but that doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about the next Witcher game already.

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CD Projekt Red has ruled out another game starring Geralt, but not another Witcher game entirely.

CD Projekt Red has said they plan to release two triple-A titles by the end of 2021, with Cyberpunk 2077 being one of them.

It doesn’t take a big stretch of the imagination to think that the developer would want to capitalize on the Netflix Witcher craze with a fantastic new game for fans to explore, but whether or not we get news on a new game soon, we’ll always have TW3 to fall back on.

Entertainment

TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.