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The world’s favourite gaming franchises – Animal Crossing is officially UK’s #1

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New research from Casino.org has taken a deep dive into total sales, critic ratings, search volume and Twitch views to discover the world’s – and every country’s – most-loved gaming franchise.

Animal Crossing is officially revealed as the UK’s favourite gaming franchise.

 

Rank

Franchise

Average franchise critic score

Total sales of base games

Annual Worldwide Franchise Google Search Data

Franchise Lifetime Peak Viewers on Twitch

Most Loved Franchise Score /10

1

Super Mario

88.2%

299,475,000

39,936,900

2,926,742

8.15

2

Call of Duty

84.5%

301,460,000

88,361,000

1,623,046

8.09

3

Grand Theft Auto

90.1%

193,500,000

31,787,020

1,020,005

5.84

4

The Legend of Zelda

89.2%

93,100,000

18,513,800

2,431,115

5.73

5

Assassin’s Creed

80.8%

93,000,000

89,036,300

721,736

5.50

6

Mario Kart

87.0%

177,860,000

13,322,600

1,361,952

5.24

7

Pokémon

85.8%

187,760,000

15,220,200

1,257,588

5.18

8

The Last of Us

94.0%

24,000,000

55,619,000

631,357

5.17

9

Animal Crossing

84.8%

62,550,000

78,359,700

284,906

5.00

10

Sonic the Hedgehog

76.5%

61,420,000

41,571,900

1,907,064

4.60

  • After being around for 35 years, Super Mario is ranked the world’s most loved franchise with nearly 3 million Twitch views and 300 million sales!

  • Starting in 2003, Call of Duty has seen the highest total sales of all the franchises- over 301.46 million games sold, however it just falls behind in Twitch views and average critic score earning it second place in the world’s most loved games.

  • Taking the third spot is Grand Theft Auto with one of the highest critic scores but much lower sales than the top two franchises.

Animal Crossing is the most searched franchise in the UK

While Call Of Duty has been searched for by the most number of countries (29), Animal Crossing emerges as the favourite for 24 countries – including the UK, US and Australia.

Most Searched Franchise

Number of Countries

Call of Duty

29

Animal Crossing

24

The Witcher

8

The Last of Us

6

Super Mario

3

Sonic the Hedgehog

3

Assassin’s Creed

1

Diablo

1

You can see the results of the research by clicking here.

Methodology:

Video game franchises were taken from the list of best-selling video game franchises from Wikipedia with spin-offs and remakes excluded.
The critical reception score for each game was sourced from Metacritic, with the exception of some older games which were released prior to Metacritic’s existence, which reflect scores from now-defunct GameRankings (which has since been incorporated into Metacritic).
For the total sales of the base games of each franchise, sales data was taken from the list of best selling game franchises on the Video Game Sales Wiki page.
Google Keyword planner found the number of global searches for each base game from March 2020 to February 2021.
Franchise lifetime peak viewers on Twitch was sourced from each games’ category page on TwitchTracker.
To discover each country’s favorite franchise, Ahrefs Keyword Explorer tool was used to collect the monthly average search volume for the last twelve months for the 75 countries where data was available.

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Opera collaborates with famous CS:GO streamer, Anomaly, to mint a set of 4,000 NFTs

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The collaboration will be kicked off by an auction of five super rare Anomaly NFTs on October 23, followed by a general sale of mystery boxes with NFTs on the new Traden.pro platform starting on Oct 26, 2021.

Opera, the personal browser of choice for hundreds of millions of people and the creator of the world’s first web browser with web3 support, through its subsidiary Blueboard Limited, is launching a collaboration with Anomaly, a famous CS:GO streamer with a global audience of Counter Strike: Global Offensive fans. The initiative features the minting of a set of unique Anomaly NFTs and will be kicked off with an auction of five super rare Anomaly NFTs. They will be auctioned off using WETH on the Polygon network.

This move is one that connects Opera’s efforts within the blockchain and gaming space. With Opera Gaming, the browser company has developed Opera GX, a web browser dedicated to gamers, as well as GameMaker Studio 2, a free-to-use engine for game creation. Blueboard’s NFT initiative is offered as an enjoyable means with which to engage with the digital assets created in collaboration with your favorite streamers, starting with Anomaly. It also presents a new way of interacting between influencers and their fans.

The integration of gaming and blockchain continues to grow. With the creation of a set of unique gamer and influencer-centric NFTs, Blueboard wants to explore increased scalability and lower transaction pricing, using the Polygon blockchain to offer an easy entry point for gamers who are new to NFTs.

The initial auction of the five rare NFTs will be followed by a sale of “Anomaly Cassettes”, mystery boxes including more NFTs. The Opera x Anomaly NFTs are a set of ERC-1155 tokens accompanied by stunning visuals. Users will be able to buy the “Anomaly Cassette”, a surprise box with a given NFT priced at an affordable USD 9.90. Following the purchase of the Cassette, the buyer will find out which video NFT they got. Hidden in the Cassettes are one of the five NFTs: “The Anomaly”, “Endless Loop”, “Troll Machine”, “The A Fuel” and “Take My Mask”. Among the Cassettes will also be nine, individually marked super rare NFT’s from each of the five designs. After purchase using FIAT or WETH, the NFTs will be stored on Traden.pro, Opera’s NFT marketplace.

Combinations of Opera x Anomaly NFTs will also grant additional privileges to Anomaly’s fans. Depending on the combination of NFTs acquired, users may be allowed to join a private club with Anomaly on Discord, play CS:Go with him or receive a personalized gift. The NFT can be updated and the interactions with Anomaly recorded by the blockchain.

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Galaxy Racer Increases Prize Pool To Half A Million Pesos, Content Creators To Play ‘Squid Game’ On Roblox And Pay It Forward To The Gaming Community

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Galaxy Racer (GXR), one of the fastest-growing esports, gaming and lifestyle organizations in the world, headquartered in Dubai, with market presence in Southeast Asia, Middle East North Africa, South Asia and Europe, has increased its prize pool from P100,000 to a whopping P500,000 (US$10,000) for its ‘pay it forward to the gaming community’ initiative.

Galaxy Racer will be hosting their very own in-house ‘Squid Game’ tournament on Roblox, an online gaming platform and game creation system, involving forty-nine Galaxy Racer content creators from the Philippines with over 180 million social media followers. It will be hyper-localized in the Philippines to ‘GXR Pusit Game: Your Second Chance At Life’. Pusit means ‘squid’ in Tagalog and follows Squid Game’s iconic survival game show set-up, but with a twist.

Fans will stand a chance to win the prize money by supporting their favourite content creator. Fans will be able to comment on the post of the content creator they are rooting for with the hashtag #GXRPusitGame and an explanation via a story submission on the Galaxy Racer content creator’s post of why they think they are worthy to win the prize money for a second chance at life. The entry period for the contest will close on October 21st at 10:00 AM PHT.

The last content creator standing after competing in an intense 7-round gauntlet of trending games will win the tournament, thereafter selecting the most compelling story amongst their fans’ entries whereby the lucky fan will receive the prize money of PHP500,000 (US$10,000) which will be announced during the livestream. The online community engagement event will commence on October 22nd, 2021 at 4:00 PM PHT on Galaxy Racer PH’s Facebook page.

The GXR Pusit Game will feature notable Galaxy Racer content creators such as model and actress Sachzna Laparan, Filipino TikTok star Spencer Serafica, YouTube creators Tukomi, model and Facebook streamer Kristine Santamena, actor and dancer McCoy de Leon, and actress Ayeesha Cervantes.

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Compliance Updates

Intema announces Isle of Man OGRA license application

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Intema Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that the Isle of Man regulatory authorities have formally accepted for review the application by Livestream Esports Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intema, for a license under the Online Gambling Regulation Act (OGRA) 2001.

“Obtaining this license from one of the world’s most prestigious gaming jurisdictions would be another great milestone for Intema, particularly in the context of the proposed acquisition of LOOT.BET,” said Laurent Benezra, Intema’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Isle of Man promotes the highest standards of jurisdictional control in the gaming industry. In addition, the license granted by this regulatory body has many financial and logistical benefits, and would allow us to offer continuous fun, safe and responsible gaming experiences for gamers around the world.”

Team Bloodhounds Inc. Acquisition

Additionally, further to the press release dated June 22, 2021 and the press release dated September 24, 2021, as consideration in respect to the acquisition of Team Bloodhounds Inc. (“Team BH), Intema has made a cash payment of $60,500 and issued 943,396 common shares of Intema to the shareholders of Team BH (with an additional cash payment $60,500 payable in three months following the closing of the acquisition).

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