Grounded enjoys solid opening day with large viewership on Twitch, is the best selling game on Steam

Grounded Bow
Grounded Bow (Image credit: Microsoft / Obsidian Entertainment)

Update, July 28, 2020 (4 pm CT): Grounded has now taken the top of the sales charts on Steam, making it the best-selling game in the world currently.

What you need to know

  • Grounded made its debut today, as part of Early Access on Steam and Xbox Game Preview.
  • It's already making quite a bit of noise, racking up tons of views on streaming platforms like Twitch.
  • At time of writing, Grounded had over 255 thousand viewers on Twitch, and growing.
  • If Grounded keeps this up, it has a chance to become the most viewed game on Twitch.

Update, July 28, 2020 (4 pm CT)—Grounded tops the charts on Steam, continues rise on Twitch

While Grounded continues to rise in views on Twitch, maintaining a strong second position, it is dominating the sales charts on Steam, taking the first spot on the best-selling chart. Steam being the largest single platform for purchasing games, it's not that much of a stretch to call Grounded the current best-seller in the world, which is incredible given Grounded's early access and relatively modest ambitions.

Grounded appears to be making the most of its debut into Early Access and Game Preview, and is busy hoarding views on Twitch and other streaming platforms. Despite only being out for a few hours now, Grounded has already surpassed heavy hitters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and even Minecraft for concurrent views, which is a seriously impressive feat for a game developed by a small team at Obsidian Entertainment.

If Grounded continues to grow in views, it could very well surpass the top categories on all of Twitch, including Fortnite (the long time champion). It'll be interesting to see if Grounded can keep this momentum up as it continues on to release. If you're interested, you can check out Grounded starting right now, as part of the Xbox Game Preview program. It's even included in Xbox Game Pass!

Are you catching Grounded in a Twitch stream? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Grounded beginner's guide



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  • Nice, game sounds like a really good concept even though it isn't so unique. I'll be playing soon.
  • Played it with Games Pass on Xbox One today. It's really fun so far.
  • It's gonna be short lived. The game is so bare bones when it comes to content, even more so than Sea of Theives or No Man's Sky were when they released. I think it was a mistake announcing the game so early and releasing it like this. An extra year of development would have done this wonders and could still have launched in game preview.
  • My children age 7 and 12 are comparing it to Minecraft. So counterpoint it has the right stuff and it's not even fully baked yet. In truth I will check back in a week and see if it is the new thing for them. They obsessively play and watch YouTube videos of Minecraft and Breathe of The Wild. So something new would be good ... I guess for 2020
  • The game is in early access, dont play it if you want a full experience. You shouldn't have to be told this.
  • The clue is literally the final two words of your comment. "game preview" The game preview program has been around for a while and a number of games have gone through it. It exists entirely for games like this.
  • So, in other words, this preview of the game shouldn't be in game preview because it's not enough of a preview to a game for you to consider it a preview for a game, is what you're saying? Nice one...