The site has tirelessly sifted through "Reddit, Google Search Term and social media hashtag data" for the past 12 months to come up with a list of the 50 biggest fandoms, and Minecraft comfortably came out on top.
"Each fandom was assigned its own unique score, based on three metrics," FandomSpot explains. "The number of subreddit sign-ups, Google Trends search term and social media hashtag data, relating to each fandom since March 2020. The number of new users on each fandom’s subreddit was given the most weighting in the formula."
According to the study, the top 10 fandoms are as follows:
- Minecraft - 34,770
- Pokémon - 14,705
- Animal Crossing - 13,332
- Dungeons & Dragons - 10,922
- Zelda - 9,954
- Cyberpunk 2077 - 9,718
- Marvel Studios - 9,101
- Rick & Morty - 8,357
- The Last Airbender - 7,551
- Grand Theft Auto - 7,373
Breaking down the study, FandomSpot says:
When analyzing subreddit data, Minecraft had the highest number of sign-ups, with more than 2.2m new members joining since March 2020, an increase of 80%. The next highest was Pokémon, with nearly 950,000 new members signing up to the r/pokemon subreddit in the last twelve months, followed by Animal Crossing with 852,000 new members - an increase of 120%.
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