Among Us is the online game of teamwork and betrayal that took over the Internet in the last months. Not a lot of people know that the game has been around since 2018, but only recently this indie project has become popular. So let’s see how this game became the most-streamed game on Twitch and how the world fell in love with this modern take on the classic “Mafia” game.
For the people who still don’t know anything about the game, here’s a short story of how all of this started. Among Us was created by a team of three people who called themselves InnerSloth. They met in college and after a while decided to start game development which led to the launch of Among Us. The concept of the game is fairly simple: there are 4 to 10 people on a ship, carrying out minor tasks that split them all over the map. One or two of them being impostors with the secret mission of killing off the crewmates one by one. It’s a simple concept, but adding the psychological factor of trying to figure out who the imposter is, makes it so much more entertaining.
For the first two years, the game had few players, but despite this, the creators continued working on improving it, although they were losing money. However, their work paid off when a popular twitch streamer streamed the game to his millions of followers. Another important factor that contributed to the blow-up of this game is obviously the lockdown. This game allows people to interact with their friends in a fun way while remaining socially distanced.
And so, Among Us has managed to be part of this year’s internet culture with millions of memes and YouTube videos shared daily online. Whether you like the game or not, you can’t deny that it has become one of the “pandemic games” that brought people closer during these chaotic times.