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THIS gaming genre is gaining the most popularity in 2021!



THIS gaming genre is gaining the most popularity in 2021!
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As the video game industry shows no signs of slowing down, there are limitless opportunities for the blending, or creation, of new genres each year. Among the multiple gaming genres available, some manage to remain popular, whereas others start to fade away.

Interested in this, wanted to discover which gaming genre has become the most popular in 2021. They did this by scraping  Steam to find the 15 most popular games under each gaming genre. They then utilised the Twitch Tracker tool to analyse the peak Twitch concurrent viewers in April 2020 and April 2021 which allowed them to measure the percentage increase for each genre.

Key Points

  • The Action RPG games genre shows the biggest increase in popularity in 2021. 
  • Real-Time Strategy games come second on the list, with 63,215 more Twitch viewers than April last year.
  • Fighting & Martial Arts games are third with 383% more viewership.
  • Remarkably, Grand Theft Auto V is the game with the biggest increase in popularity from 2020 with 883,000 more viewers this April.

Gaming genres with the biggest increase in popularity in 2021


Gaming genre

2020 peak April Twitch viewers

2021 peak April Twitch viewers

Difference in viewership

Percentage increase (%)


Action RPG






Real-Time Strategy






Fighting & Martial Arts












Platform & Runner












Life & Immersive






Third-Person Shooter






Team Sports






Card & Board




+183% can reveal that the gaming genre with the biggest increase in popularity in 2021 is Action RPG. Thanks to games such as Path of Exile and Grim Dawn, Action RPG games have seen peak viewers rise by 300,087 in April 2021 compared to last year.

Coming second on the list is Real-Time Strategy. Games such as Age of Empires II and Total War: WARHAMMER II belong to this genre, so there is no surprise it has received 63,215 more peak views since last April (+481%).

Coming in third is Fighting & Martial Arts games. The genre has seen a 383% increase in peak Twitch views compared to last year. It will likely remain popular for years to come due to classic games such as Mortal Kombat 11 and Brawlhalla.

Puzzle games come fourth, with a 339% increase in peak Twitch views compared to 2020. Thanks to games such as Portal 2 and Baba Is You, puzzle games have seen 298,467 more Twitch views in 2021 compared to last year.

Completing the top five, with a 337% increase in average Twitch peak viewers, is Platform & Runner games.

As well as finding the genres that have increased in popularity the most, can also reveal the games with the largest increase in popularity since April 2020.

Top 5 games with the increase in popularity:

  1. Grand Theft Auto V: + 883,000 average viewers
  2. Path of Exile: +292,100 average viewers
  3. The Jackbox Party Pack 7: +128,000 average viewers
  4. Mortal Kombat 11: +111,700 average viewers
  5. Apex Legends: +101,800 average viewers

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iGaming content provider BGaming has donated $5,000 to UNITED24, a charity raising money for medical aid and critical needs in Ukraine.

At this year’s ICE London, the fast-growing firm gave visitors the chance to receive merchandise featuring designs by renowned London artist Thumbs.

As an alternative they pledged to give $50 to the charity instead, which more than 70 generous partners opted to take up.

After boosting the final amount, BGaming has now pledged to continue its fundraising drive at IGB Live! Amsterdam, SBC Barcelona, and SiGMA Malta later this year as part of a commitment to ‘create positive change’.

UNITED24 was set up by the Ukrainian government to provide a secure platform for donors to raise funds for medical aid, defence and demining and rebuilding Ukraine.

Currently, they are running two medical aid projects which seek to raise money for more urgently needed ambulances in the war-torn country.

At the time of writing, it is estimated more than 8,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, while more than 13,300 are believed to have been injured.

Catherine Puteiko, CMO of BGaming, said: “Small acts of kindness can have a big impact on the world, from caring for others to creating positive change. BGaming’s recent charity initiative at the ICE London exhibition was a shining example of this ethos.

“Our partners had the option to donate to a worthy cause or receive our branded merchandise, and we’re thrilled to share that this simple initiative raised 5000 dollars for victims of war in Ukraine. Let’s continue to think big and act small to make a positive impact on the lives of others!”

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Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sherwin Gatchalian presented the chairman’s report which cited that the risks of allowing the continuous operations of offshore gaming operations outweigh their benefits to the country. Citing R.A. No. 11590, he further states that offshore gaming should be shutdown, now that there is no third-party auditor monitoring their income.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) would like to reiterate its firm commitment to uphold the integrity of the gaming industry in the Philippines, including offshore gaming.

After determination of Global ComRCI’s default in its obligations and commission of unlawful acts under R.A. No. 9184, a Notice of Decision to Terminate the Consultancy Contract was served to third-party auditor Global ComRCI on March 9, 2023, effective upon thirty (30) days from receipt thereof.

PAGCOR is now in the process of engaging a capable and reputable third-party auditor who can independently and accurately conduct verification of the offshore gaming licensees’ gross gaming revenues.

Further, PAGCOR reassures the public that to maintain the integrity of regulated gaming in the country, the state-run firm will not hesitate to impose appropriate sanctions or penalties to erring licensees or service providers. We will ensure that all revenues from regulated gaming will continue to support the government’s nation-building efforts and uplift the lives of Filipinos.

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OnAir Entertainment™: Flexibility of more providers vs. Exclusivity with a single provider



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OnAir Entertainment™️, the go-to live casino games provider, has added their voice to the increasing industry concern regarding the negative impact of exclusivity deals within the live casino space.

There has been a growing discussion around the impact of exclusivity deals on operators and platforms, with OnAir Entertainment™ believing that one supplier setups create several limitations for operators. Limitations arising from exclusivity push players to find additional options from more diversified live casino offerings. It’s known that players prefer websites with more content choice, allowing them to search for the games they want to play – player freedom is vital to maximizing cross-sell and therefore increasing platform revenue.

Do exclusivity agreements truly fulfil the promises and needs of the industry? Markets need to change rapidly, adapting to new and more restrictions on operators, which requires sufficient flexibility and creativity. Can an agreement set in stone, determined by a single supplier and based on a rigid commercial model, be flexible to a regulatory landscape that is constantly shifting and help operators to be competitive?

Given the global nature of the biggest operators, multi-supplier deals also mean that they can test out different games across markets and not be forced to stick with one product globally. Less exclusive deals allow operators to be much more agile when operating internationally, as localization needs must not be ignored. A key part of OnAir Entertainment’s™ product offering is the ability to input customizable elements within their digitally branded and localised environments so that operators can reinforce and scale their brand together with OnAir Entertainment’s™ tech. While also using reasonable commercial terms so our operators can test audience response in branded environments with low risk before committing to more sizeable projects.

There is no doubt that the variety of live casino suppliers continues to grow, causing increased industry competition and that this competition pushes continued innovation within the iGaming industry.  It is this belief in constant innovation that is at the core of all OnAir Entertainment’s™ operations. By continuously developing improvements in UI design, 3D animations, allowing for localization and the incorporation of brandable elements – OnAir Entertainment™ hopes to increase user engagement and player experience.

Seval Alev Kaya, Director of Business Development at OnAir Entertainment™, said “Innovation is at the heart of our operations, and our main priority is to provide maximum flexibility for our clients. Operator differentiation is directly linked to content diversity and harmony. We see that many operators are trying to widen their audience by adding more casino vendors, especially in live casino space in order to reduce the need for a single vendor that comes with unfavourable terms, high costs, and limitations. We are the alternative solution with a service-minded approach, invested in our client’s growth.”

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