Pokémon Legends: Arceus Sets 72 Hour Viewership Record for Pokémon Games

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Sets 72 Hour Viewership Record for Pokémon Games

Pokémon's next iteration of game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, released last Friday to applause from many, and minor complaints from the rest. Fans seem to generally approve of many of the changes that Arceus has brought into the fold, such as the open world, catching/battling mechanic changes, and quality of life improvements. The only major complaints revolve around the graphics, which push the nearly 5 year old Nintendo Switch hardware to it's limits, and emptiness of the open world. In similar fashion to our article about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, we'll be looking at the overall Twitch viewership metrics for the past 5 mainline Pokémon releases. We'll be observing and analyzing the 72 hour weekend launch data for those games to see how the Pokémon hype has continued to grow over the years.

Now, behold:

Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

(The dotted line shows viewership data for the previous time period. So in this instance, early birds)
  • 680.1k hours watched
  • 6.3k average viewers
  • 15,441 peak viewers (keep in mind these graphs show hourly data, so peak viewership numbers might not look visually correct)
  • 2.7k total streams
  • 10.3k hours streamed
  • Peaked as 10th most watched game on Twitch

Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee!

(Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee! release at an awkward hour on Friday, so the graph looks a little skewed)
  • 5.9 million hours watched
  • 70.3k average viewers
  • 163,854 peak viewers
  • 22.9k total streams
  • 58.6k hours streamed
  • Peaked as the #1 overall game watched on Twitch during launch day

Pokémon Sword/Shield

  • 9.8 million hours watched
  • 106.4k average viewers
  • 191,287 peak viewers
  • 46k total streams
  • 186.9k hours streamed
  • Peaked as #1 most watched game on Twitch for 2 out of 3 days

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

  • 10.8 million hours watched
  • 116k average viewers
  • 252,781 peak viewers
  • 62.3k total streams
  • 230.2k hours streamed
  • Peaked as #2 most watched game on Twitch for 3 straight days

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

  • 15.4 million hours watched
  • 177.7k average viewers
  • 481,573 peak viewers
  • 81k total streams
  • 330.3k hours streamed
  • Peaked as #1 most watched game on Twitch on launch day


Pokémon Legends: Arceus absolutely smashed it this past weekend. It had better viewership statistics than all other previous Pokémon game releases, following the same pattern it's predecessors set. It reached nearly 500,000 peak viewers, almost twice the peak viewership of the second closest game, Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl. The astonishing thing is that even though its viewership data is better across the board compared to earlier Pokémon games, it only peaked as the #1 watched game on Twitch during its launch day. This goes to show just how many people watch streaming platforms now. It's difficult for even a new, ultra hyped release, such as Pokémon Legends: Arceus, to retain the top spot for an extended period of time.

Arceus was able to retain an ACV (average concurrent viewer) count of 200,000+ for nearly all of Friday and Saturday. It also had 20k more total streams and 100k more hours streamed than Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl. This shows that it's not just larger streamers carrying the numbers, but Twitch as a whole. Many were concerned that Arceus' massive changes to the classic Pokémon game formula might not be well received. But considering the positive audience reviews, media hype, and high viewership numbers, the Pokémon Company can easily view this new direction for the franchise a massive success.

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