After eight years and a difficult reboot, Final Fantasy XIV broke its own concurrent player record over the past few weeks, welcome too many new players for the servers to handle, and even temporarily sell out digital keys. And most likely its sudden popularity is due to one person: Popular World of Warcraft live streamer Asmongold – and the legion of fans he unwittingly commands.
For years, he’s mocked the game – his love for MMORPGs and adventure has been contaminated with worms and cats. Then, motivated by a series of WoW character leaves his favorite game during the longest content drought in 17 years and a misleading article claims Final Fantasy XIV Having snatched its rival’s crown, he finally decided to walk to the other side. So do thousands of others. And both games are better for it.
Final Fantasy XIVIts meteoric rise in popularity could have been years ago, even when it debuted in 2013. For many years, Asmongold has been one of – if not more. the – most popular World of Warcraft content creators around. A dedicated player since the game’s launch in 2004, he has Infinite stories to tell about his time playing and growing up with Blizzard’s genre MMO, from his mother helping him raise a rare mount to his clan discovering they all get to play by the same girl. His related stories and knowledge of the genre’s epic highs and disappointing lows have helped keep his stream at the top of the charts, appealing to veterans. The nostalgic MMO and those with little time or skills live vicariously through his on-screen adventures.
Ahead of the big day, Asmongold’s streams and VoDs picking out his race, caste, weapons, and future mounts through videos from other content creators helped boost the hype. Over the course of the month-long story, he’s had his best month so far. Follow the index view for the above 30 days Twitch Tracker, Asmongold attracted 55% more viewers than average, almost doubled his hours watched, pulled in almost triple his average followers, and hit concurrent paying subscribers His all-time high. By merging the player bases of the two biggest MMORPGs around, he also broke his peak viewership by a whopping 60%.
With time and a quick look at Google Trends, it’s even easy to assume he’s the sole code behind his search interest. Final Fantasy XIV, officially passed World of Warcraft For the first time. After years of wandering the streams of Azeroth, his journey to Eorzea was a major departure. That gets media attention, generates headlines, reactions and predictions on the internet, and ultimately sows seeds. Final Fantasy XIVof unpredictable growth.
His vast MMO prowess, combined with his pre-modified disdain for the game, has caused fear among netizens. Final Fantasy XIV before he even created his account. While the public is delighted to see him finally trying World of WarcraftIts closest rival in 17-year history, others fear he’ll beat its known slow start in front of a large audience or bring in a less-than-expected Blizzard player base. based on Square Enix’s own relatively innocent and friendly atmosphere.
Even as someone who understands Asmongold’s raw humor and erratic on-screen personality, I’m apprehensive about how he’ll react. I’m really scared he’ll play one of my favorite games all the time for a few hours and walk away as soon as he realizes how long it takes to access any really challenging content, say bad in all its aspects and alienated the masses that opposed his opinion. Multiple expansions and years of changes and additions have made for anything but the most recent bosses of Final Fantasy XIV, for established MMO players, is, at least, a dirt road. Short-term leveling paths equate to unbalanced stats and gear, diluting the challenge of dungeons and quests that were once memorable struggles when they were first introduced.
But many people, myself included, have forgotten an important part of the equation. Asmongold has seen it all. He lived through World of Warcraftworst. Many times. Final Fantasy XIVAdmittedly, his rough opening experience couldn’t match his. And while Eorzea’s bullies try to push him away, he happily ignores it all and loves the cast and beautiful world around him as much as anyone else has. His repeatedly mispronouncing key places and people, whether by chance or carefully conveyed for the benefit of audience engagement, created a stream that would be hard to shut down even seven hours later. there. And now he’s championing game growth by streaming content that didn’t get Twitch’s popularity back when it first released.
By unknowingly capitalizing on his own popularity, Asmongold gave more than 100,000 people what to enjoy Final Fantasy XIV like when it came out eight years ago. It’s an aspect of the game, a large portion of the current player base may not experience the way it was originally designed. Years of new classes, tweaks, and stat changes have made most of the raid game’s content prior to the current expansion much less challenging than it was in the past. While there’s a way to roughly balance things out with the “minimum item level” toggle, it’s rare for casual players to find anyone willing to treat old battles as challenges. new. The bonus is useless by today’s standards and its stylish gear can be obtained without syncing to face the challenge. But everyone wants to play with the king.
His pool filled up instantly, and over the course of the next week, the same few would return to peruse the hardest content the base game has to offer. That gave Asmongold a Final Fantasy XIV introduced almost no new players beyond launch day experienced the way it was intended. He can spice things up by running with a group of other newbies following him, but by teaming up with veterans he has made his skills the denominator. lowest in group success. He proved to his haters that he got the job done while providing viewers with the constant thrill of progressing through the game’s difficult and often overlooked content.
He is living the best life of the Warrior of Light and more than 100,000 people have accompanied the journey.
Room for two people
There’s no reason for anyone on either side of the coin to be upset that one of the genre’s most influential and prolific streamers is trying out the competition. He does it all the time. As someone who has played World of Warcraft For best and worst, like him, I know he’s honest when he says he’ll never quit the game. Because that’s exactly what I do. Anyone with such memories will always come back to see what’s new with their old favorite. It’s a lifetime investment that can’t be pushed to the curb when another good game comes along.
A big part of Final Fantasy XIVThe slow and steady rise stems from positive word of mouth. It was possible that it finally caught Asmongold’s attention as something that might be worth his look. Although it had a slow start and took dozens of hours to get through, Final Fantasy XIVThe delicate, award-winning storyline is told through an accessible main campaign – no different from a regular single-player title. It’s a connection point, and along with the game’s generous free trial and meme-capable, players easily dangle before anyone looking for a new adventure.
At the other end is World of WarcraftIts sporadic campaign is told through a variety of games, books, comics, and discrete movies – most of which are locked behind a relatively selfish free trial and extended it. New leveling system makes completely redundant. Both have their issues, and that’s exactly why having a champion of the latter directly compare the two can only be a good thing.
Despite countless efforts, promises, and predictions, it took 17 years for another game to appear from afar away. World of Warcraftof popularity. The fact that one is on the cusp of taking the other’s crown does not mean the death of a classic but the friendly rivalry between the two that will spur each to build on strengths and weaknesses. fix their weaknesses.
Asmongold gets a taste of a really cool competitor to the game that gave birth to his streaming career that won’t end one or the other; It will make both of them the best they can be.