If you are an avid Twitch user and couldn’t find your favorite streamers streaming your favorite games, high chance you can find them streaming Escape from Tarkov. The game has been the most viewed Categories on Twitch for the last few days, averaging approximately 250k viewers at any given time. So what is all the fuss about?
Escape from Tarkov (EFT) is a survival FPS game made by Russian studio Battlestate Game. First introduced in 2016, the game is now in it Beta phase. Your sole mission in the game is to escape the fictional city of Tarkov, playing as either a PMC (private military companies) survival or as a Scav (scavenger).
The game emphasis is on looting, as everything you pick up during your route to the extraction point will be kept afterwards. You can then use the loots to either upgrade your gear or sell them for money in order to purchase better gears.
EFT first caught attention when Shroud (famous CSGO player) streamed the game on Mixer a couple of months back but has remained dormant until now. The game developer recently partnered up with Twitch for a “Drops” event. Basically, if you are an owner of the game and has a Twitch account, you will have to watch any eligible EFT’s live stream and you will be guaranteed at least one drop in-game.
We have seen in the past when game amassing large amount of viewers on Twitch and later on becomes an esports phenomenon (i.e. Fortnite). Will Escape from Tarkov be on the same path? More ways to play and a Story mode is promised but it is still unclear what Battlestate’s vision of the game is. But with enough gameplay depth and a growing number of audience, we might be looking at the next big esports hit.
What is your opinion? Can EFT follow the trend or is it just going to be a one-off thing? If you want to see how it all unfolds, head over to Twitch or pre-order the game to participate in the Beta phase here.
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