Twitter’s head of gaming content partnerships, Rishi Chadha, released the list of the most tweeted-about video game titles of the past month, and the results might surprise you. Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate appeared in the top five, while popular esports such as League of Legends and Overwatch failed to make the cut.
April was a big month for esports, with marquee events such as the LoL Spring Playoffs and the Overwatch League’s Dallas Homestand drawing millions of viewership hours and nearly constant media coverage. But Chadha’s numbers reveal that a strong casual player base and international appeal may be the most important factors behind a video game’s social media preeminence. Both Fortnite and Smash Ultimate are beloved by casual gamers, and each title’s competitive scene is dwarfed by the general audience. The other three games that made April’s top five—Fate/Grand Order, Granblue Fantasy, and Ensemble Stars!—are all Japanese mobile games without notable competitive scenes.
According to an older tweet by Chadha, Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and Overwatch did make the list when results were limited to the United States during the first quarter of 2019—but Fortnite and Smash Ultimate may still be the esports titles in the best position to hold their own among the growing international market.
While both titles’ esports presence are relatively small compared to giants like League or CS:GO, Fortnite and Smash Ultimate each have a huge safety cushion of casual users that help prevent their communities from gradually running out of competitive players, as some Dota 2 pros claim is currently occurring in their scene. As esports continues to grow, fan-favorite titles like these are a safe bet for casual players looking to jump in.