Among Us could be up against serious competition as the new year begins, with the social deduction game Goose Goose Duck taking Steam by storm and surpassing Among Us in concurrent players today.
This comes via video game analyst Daniel Ahmad, who discussed these surprising new findings on Twitter and detailed some of the factors that have seen Goose Goose Duck take off in popularity. According to SteamDB, Goose Goose Duck has hit an impressive peak of 563,677 players today, passing the Among Us peak of 447,476 it saw two years ago, and has been on an upward trend for the last few months, gaining traction since November.
Besides the obvious similarities in the gameplay, Goose Goose Duck and Among Us share a similar story in their rise to the top of Steam. The game had a slow start since its release in October 2021 and has become a viral hit thanks to streamers and celebs giving the game attention. One of the significant factors for the game’s sudden popularity is thanks to the Chinese and Korean markets adopting the game, with the game being the 8th most-watched PC game on live-streaming platforms in the last two weeks, and caused the game’s servers to crash last week thanks to an influx of Chinese players taking the servers 100k+ over capacity.
Goose Goose Duck has up to 16 players in a game, with a majority working together as geese to complete a mission, while a small team of ducks and other birds work to infiltrate and hinder their progress, taking them out one by one. It’s up to the rest of the players to find and eliminate the imposters to win the game. The game does have some of its own ideas too, with multiple game modes and a selection of roles for players to choose from with different abilities.
Among Us has been the genre’s top dog for a while now, but it’s looking like Goose Goose Duck has taken the crown for now and will likely keep hold of it for a little bit.