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Among Us: Everything You Need to Know About the Game Taking the World by Storm

Among Us: Everything You Need to Know About the Game Taking the World by Storm

by Mary Grace Black  The Prowl News

Unless you have been living under a rock, then you have heard about the new wildly popular multiplayer game, Among Us.  Among Us is a 4 to 10 person game that can be played online with strangers or with your friends.  Among Us has quite a few similarities to the card game, Mafia.  The goal of the game is to figure out who the Imposter is among the Crewmates.  There could be one or multiple.  The Imposter’s goal is to eliminate the other players while faking tasks and trying not to get caught.  The Crewmate’s goal is to complete tasks and figure out who the Imposter is.  

Among Us was released in June 2018.  However, it is only now seeing a huge spike in popularity.  Among Us has topped various app download lists, including Steam, with accumulating 86 million downloads by mid-September.  The reason for this sudden rise in popularity can be largely attributed to the streaming platform, Twitch.  Some of the most popular gamers on Twitch app have started to play Among Us.  These include PewDiePie and Ninja.  To put it into perspective, Fortnite has 3.7 million followers on Twitch while Among Us has 3.3 million followers.  

During the global pandemic, Among Us memes have been taking over the internet.  You are almost always guaranteed to see one every time you get on TikTok, Twitter, Reddit, and even Instagram.  The game also allows for a way to cross-platform play, meaning, you can play on your PC while your friend is playing on their phone, and you both can play together.  This has provided a way for games to reach even more people.  

The game has even found its way into politics when Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined by  Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and several prominent streamers including Corpse, Pokimane, and Hasanabi, streamed in an effort to encourage voting and making a voting plan.  The stream ultimately ended up peaking at 439,000 viewers, making it the third-highest viewed stream on Twitch. Among Us has ultimately become a cultural phenomenon, and one can only imagine how it will continue to develop in the coming weeks and months.