2016 was a good year for games, even if it wasn’t a good one for celebrities; it was even better for Overwatch and Playstation 4 consoles, as according to a study by ICO Partners, a data collection firm, both Blizzard’s newest game and Playstation’s flagship console dominated games media coverage.
It’s not really hard to see why; Overwatch was one of the best-selling and most-played games in 2016, critically acclaimed and still played by a large number of people today as one of Blizzard’s most popular titles.
The Playstation 4 is also currently the console with the highest sales numbers on the market, not to mention how well the upgraded version, the Playstation 4 Pro, has been selling.
Altogether, Overwatch and Playstation 4 have gotten a great deal of coverage. Overwatch gained over 75,000 articles written about it, while Pokemon, which had its latest release in the form of the Sun and Moon games, gain only around 35,000 articles written. Final Fantasy 15, Doom, and Battlefield 1, which were also some of the best-reviewed and most-played games of last year, trail just behind Pokemon.
Playstation itself managed to up the Xbox One by over 25% in terms of coverage difference; even with the Xbox announcing the Xbox One Slim and the Xbox One Scorpio, Playstation still got more coverage due to the Playstation 4 Slim, Playstation VR, and Playstation 4 Pro, not to mention all the coverage that December’s Playstation Experience got.
However, this study isn’t foolproof: the article and its findings don’t go into forms of media that are outside the dedicated gaming market, meaning that any mainstream publications that covered Overwatch and Playstation 4, or any of the other competitors, weren’t a part of the study, meaning that any of the other games in the tier list could go either way.
Either way, with Overwatch and the Playstation 4 dominating the gaming media throughout this year, we’ll just have to wait for next year and see what game dominates the press for 2017.