Yesterday, I woke up to CD Projekt RED teasing something obviously having to do with Cyberpunk 2077, the company’s upcoming sci-fi RPG/shooter extravaganza. It was a bunch of jumbled code streaming on the official Twitch channel, and a few hours later I would be scrambling to re-cover the same stream as it suddenly turned into a forty-eight minute long gameplay reveal. I was far from the only person scrambling to get in and watch it, as the Twitch numbers alone were in the thousands upon thousands. In fact, thanks to some number crunching from my personal favorite analytic site GitHyp, we now know that stream was the most watched so far in 2018 for an unreleased game.
Despite having to wait in the neighborhood of nine hours before anything actually happened in the feed, the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay stream on Twitch peaked at around 288,000 viewers. However, CD Projekt RED marked the video as okay to “restream,” so various gaming streams and sites, like IGN, were also broadcasting the footage. That brought in a combined over 459,000 concurrents across multiple locations. That’s nearly half a million people tuning in.
The next-closest game streaming yesterday was, of course, Fortnite, with a total of around 305,000 views. To put these numbers in perspective, Cyberpunk 2077‘s 459,000 beat out peak numbers this year for God of War (283,000), Sea of Thieves (259,000), and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (204,000). People are kind of excited about Cyberpunk 2077, maybe.
Additionally, the VOD version has racked up another 100,000 so far views, and the YouTube upload has eclipsed that at over 2.6 million at the moment. Woof.