Stray: The Pick of the Litter with Over 104,000 Streams

Comfy gamers and cat fans, rejoice!

Stray: The Pick of the Litter with Over 104,000 Streams
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In the lineup of iconic gaming protagonists comes a new contender: a stray cat. Annapurna Interactive’s addition to the single player adventure genre features an adorable orange cat unraveling the mystery of a dystopian cyberpunk world.

Stray leapt to the top of streaming leaderboards, proving that cozy and approachable games are very capable of dominating the mainstream streamer meta in an era of multiplayer and competitive games.

Stray was featured on over 104,660 unique channels on!
The game reached the top of the stream leaderboards within a day of release.

The comfy game encouraged high engagement on, hitting a little over 287,000 peak concurrent viewers. It organically reached a widespread audience, without having to use many, if any, sponsored streams.

The Cat's Out of the Bag: Genre Analysis

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Gamesight used its data attribution to do a quick breakdown of the gamers who were enjoying Stray.

Remarkably, Stray reached a lot of FPS, action RPG, and Battle Royale enjoyers meaning gamers put down their weapons and took the time to enjoy some peaceful cat puzzles.

Each steamer was assigned a game genre category based on what they played 90 days before the release of Stray.

The adventure game enjoyers showed up for Stray, representing over a third of its unique streams. This category makes up 13 percent of streamers overall.

Based on the entire streamer population of

Gamer Zoology: Comfy Animal Games

We decided to look at multiple factors that could have led to Stray's pull. Is it just how adorable our fluffy protagonist is?

We compared it to fellow comfy animal character games Untitled Goose Game and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal games being distinct from anthropomorphic games, that is.

Stray's cross-platform availability on Steam, PC, and console, allowed players to jump into its cyberpunk world immediately.

While Animal Crossing: New Horizon was a huge moment for gamers,  the necessity of a capture card was an economic barrier for streamers.

Untitled Goose Game, an indie game produced by House House, required buzz generation before it achieved its widespread love and acclaim. Meanwhile, Stray became the most wish listed game on Steam in July, meaning many gamers already knew about the game and were excited to play.

Curiosity and the Cat: Single Player Story Games

We also looked at the popularity of single player narrative driven games like Little Nightmares II and The Quarry, which have received a lot of love in the streamer space.

While The Quarry had more viewer hours, Stray reached a wider streamer-base.

The Quarry kept viewers captivated a colossal 12 million hours, compared to Stray's equally impressive 9 million viewer hours.

The data doesn't account for Stray being a much shorter story. Overall, more people from all over were picking up Stray to try it out.

Thanks to the comparison data we can say for sure that the hype is real: Stray met huge paw-sitive reception on this past week, despite some fur-midable foes.

Congrats to Annapurna on their success! Or as gamers might say, pawgers.

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