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Escape From Tarkov has suddenly become extremely popular

It’s always interesting when a darkhorse of some kind rises above the rest to become, even if briefly, the most-watched game on Twitch. Right now, that’s happening with survival shooter Escape from Tarkov, a hardcore early-access FPS from Russian developer Battlestate Games.

Escape from Tarkov had about 124,000 total viewers at the time of this writing, with a plurality of those watching popular Australian streamer Pestily, who had almost 45,000 viewers watching his Tarkov stream Monday. As the day began in the US, more streamers joined in, including CohhCarnage, Smoke, and Sacriel.

Battlestate Games’ tactical shooter is currently the number one game on Twitch and is being watched by over 200,000 viewers. At the same moment, it has more people watching than League of Legends and Fortnite combined and is even above the Just Chatting section. This is thanks to Tarkov’s Twitch Drops campaign that they are running over the New Year, which has attracted tens of thousands more viewers than normal to get their hands on in-game items for watching one of the dozens of partnered Tarkov streamers. If you are in lack of Escape from Tarkov Euros, visit our site, a reliable and cheap online in-game currency store.

It has also been huge for smaller Tarkov streamers who are now seeing massive audiences jump into their stream. One such streamer, ‘Anton,’ is currently streaming to over 70,000 people, despite averaging just over 1,000 viewers per stream in 2019.

Ironically, the chart-topping viewer count for Escape from Tarkov came just as Battlestate Games had its own Twitch channel banned: according to Reddit, during a stream a Battlestate developer displayed a realistic (although unloaded) pistol and pulled the trigger while aiming it at himself. The ban is said to be temporary.

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