At some point this year you’ve probably used Google to search for the latest news for an upcoming title that you were interested in, or maybe you needed help with finding out what material those bags from Bethesda were made from? You might have even added us on the Google news app. Well, Google has released their “Year in Search 2018” that shows us several lists of what the top searches were for this year.
While I could tell you that people were looking to find out what a lash lift is, or that people were looking for keto pancakes, I’m going to focus on the gaming category for the US specifically.
Coming in at the top of the US search results for 2018 is Epic Games’ Fortnite with Iowa taking a larger interest than any other sub-region. The top related queries found Fortnite season 6, leaked skins, and those crazy Fortnite dances ranking. Recently Epic Games have been all over the news with the launch of Season 7 for Fortnite, the announcement of the Epic Games Store, and now they’re pushing their cross-play developer tools to developers for free.
Second in the list was Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption which had little interest for the majority of the year according to the Google graph, but it started to pick up around September. Related queries led to legendary animals in Red Dead Redemption 2, the trapper, chapters, and the fence. It seems like people were after a bunch of tips on how to better Arthur and the camp.
In third, Fallout 76 made the charts with a sudden increase in May around about the time Bethesda started teasing E3 reveals and then streamed a Fallout 76 reveal stream. Interest was at its highest in November when the title launched gaining a lot of negative reviews and controversy over various situations such as Bethesda’s refund policy and the nylon bags.
Other titles that made the rankings were Far Cry 5, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Sea of Thieves, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and Zombs Royale. Here’s the full top ten list below.
Out of all of the trends listed above, Fortnite is the only game to be searched for frequently throughout the year. All other titles gained a spike or two around launch dates or controversial moments. Certainly an interesting look at what titles were the most popular in the US for sure. Were any of the results what you expected? Have a chat in the comments below.