Call of Duty fans dominate the top three broadband traffic peaks in 2022 with Modern Warfare 2 taking the crown as the most popular game of the year, causing Virgin Media O2’s highest customer data consumption on record.
Virgin Media O2 reveals the 10 most popular games of 2022, with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 (Raids) and The Witcher 3 Next Gen update narrowly missing out on the top spot by a mere 600Mbps (0.6Gbps).
As the world reopened out of lockdown, data consumption continued to climb to new heights in 2022, with customers downloading 9% more broadband data per day than in 2021. Typically, the busiest days on the network were a result of gaming release dates. This may be due to video game file sizes increasing alongside the popularity of online gaming continuing to grow.
Most popular video games of 2022:
|Rank||Game||Launch date||Peak Traffic (Mbps)|
|1.||CoD: Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 (Raids) alongside The Witcher 3 Next Gen patch||14 December||22,551.8|
|2.||CoD: Modern Warfare 2 1.10 patch and CoD Warzone 2.0.||16 November||21,194|
|3.||CoD: Warzone Season 3||27 April||21,061|
|4.||Fortnite 22.30||1 November||19,423|
|5.||Fortnite Season 4||18 September||19,205|
|6.||Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 Next Gen patch||15 February||19,203|
|7.||Overwatch 2 launch||4 October||18,958|
|8.||CoD: Modern Warfare 2 1.04 patch||27 October||18,601|
|9.||Halo Infinite launch||08 December||18,596|
|10.||Destiny 2 Anniversary patch||07 December||18,523|
A Virgin Media O2 spokesperson said: “With online gaming more popular than ever, the average game size being 53GB and standard patch updates hitting 3.8GB, it comes as no surprise that the major traffic surges we’ve seen throughout the year were dominated by gamers. From Twitch streaming to playing online with friends, Virgin Media’s Gig1 service is perfect for busy households who want to download and play games through a network customers can rely on.”