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Published June 15th 2017

E3 Live Blog 2017: Reaction to Major Conferences and Games in Social Data

Brandwatch analyzes social media reaction to E3 2017, including commentary and social round-ups from each major conference.

The Brandwatch React team has been tracking social media’s reaction to E3 2017, providing social data round-ups of each major conference and live tweeting data as we go.

If you’re interested in the methodology of this data, click here. And if you’d just like to look at a specific conference, click here

Now, get your coffee and snacks out and enjoy the full social data review of E3 gaming delight.

All games and conferences: A summary

We tracked 2.7 million English-language mentions of E3 2017 between 10th and 13th June 2017 (the days on which major conferences ran).

We broke those mentions down by specific conferences and, in short, Microsoft bossed it. Their launch of the Xbox One X certainly had something to do with that.

Looking at games announced at the major conferences, it was Assassin’s Creed that triumphed with more mentions than any other game.

Methodology note: We searched for mentions of all of the games that had extended trailers or mentions by the speakers at each major conference (you may notice this omits some games from the Microsoft conference that were discussed in terms of backwards compatibility as well as the section where around twenty games were presented in lightning-speed succession).

And now, we can sleep.

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EA (Data available)

Microsoft (Data available)

Bethesda (Data available)

Ubisoft (Data available)

Sony (Data available)

Nintendo (Data available)


Conference time:

UK: 8pm Saturday
ET: 3pm Saturday
PT: 12pm Saturday

Top line stats:

  • Over 50,000 social media posts about EA Play between 12 and 1pm PT.
  • 82% of authors were male, 18% female.

Highlights were a little mixed – many of the biggest spikes had no specific tweets or messages driving them, but often had a multitude of titles trending within them. We’ve marked the prominent words that cropped up in the mention spikes.

The “men in blazers” spike also featured words like “cringe”…

E3 Live Blog

As for games, new title “A Way Out” got the most significant spikes and was the top-mentioned game overall in that hour.

E3 Live Blog

Need for Speed also did well, and given the very short trailer, Anthem got a big reaction (we’ll be hearing more on that in the Xbox conference).


Conference time:

UK: 10pm Sunday
ET: 5pm Sunday
PT: 2pm Sunday

Top line stats:

  • Over 420,000 social media posts about the conference between 2 and 3:45pm PT.
  • 79% of authors were male, 21% female.

Highlights: Once again, the fairly quick succession of games meant there were often mutliple titles or trends driving the minute-by-minute mention spikes. Key findings were that people were quite irritated by the promotion of the real-life car during the Forza 7 announcement and the lengthy, shouty e-Sports commentary during The Darwin Project announcement. Here are the most prominent parts of the mention spikes:

E3 Live Blog

There were an incredible number of games discussed during the conference. We searched for mentions of all of the games that had extended trailers or mentions by the speakers (basically, skipping games that were discussed in terms of backwards compatibility and the section where around twenty games were presented in lightning-speed succession). Assassin’s Creed: Origins appeared to be the overall winner.

E3 Live Blog


Conference time:

UK: 3AM Monday
ET: 10PM Monday
PT: 7PM Sunday

Top line stats:

  • Over 40,000 social media posts about the conference between 9 and 9:45pm PT.
  • 76% of authors were male, 24% female.

Highlights: The gentle pacing of the Bethesda conference meant spikes in mentions were a little easier to define.Here are the most prominent parts of the mention spikes – all game related:

E3 Live Blog

Games: Skyrim had the largest mention spike, but Wolfenstein 2’s peak was a little longer-lived.

E3 Live Blog

Skyrim was the top-mentioned game throughout the whole of the Bethesda conference, followed by The Evil Within 2 and then Wolfenstein 2.


Conference time:

UK: 9pm Monday
ET: 4PM Monday
PT: 1PM Monday

Top line stats:

  • 85,000 social media posts about the conference between 1 and 2:15pm PT
  • 80% of authors were male, 20% female.


The highlights of Ubisoft’s conference on social media came about mostly towards the end, with the most prominent spikes occurring while Beyond Good and Evil 2 was being announced. Here are the most prominent words and phrases driving the mention spikes.

E3 Live Blog

Games: Beyond Good and Evil 2 undoubtedly caused the largest spikes in conversation, although the extended Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle announcement at the beginning of the conference had the most sustained hype.

E3 Live Blog

Overall, Mario + Rabbids was the top-mentioned game during the conference, followed by Beyond Good and Evil 2 and pirate game Skull & Bones.


Conference time:

UK: 1AM Tuesday
ET: 8PM Monday
PT: 5PM Monday

Top line stats:

  • Over 50,000 social media posts about the conference between 6 and 7:10pm PT
  • 78% of authors were male, 22% female.

Highlights: The themes behind the biggest spikes tended to incorporate multiple games or messages. For example, at one point people seemed incredibly enthused by “VR fishing” featured in Monster of the Deep, and compared the mouse in the Moss trailer to Stuart Little. However, Spiderman’s long finale trailer earned it multiple spikes.

E3 Live Blog

Games: Spiderman had the biggest and longest sustained spikes in mentions. Meanwhile, Days Gone, Detroit Become Human and Horizon Zero Dawn made notable splashes in the conversation.

E3 Live Blog

Overall, the top mentioned games were Spiderman, Uncharted and Monster Hunter.


Conference time:

UK: 5pm Tuesday
ET: 12PM Tuesday
PT: 9AM Tuesday

Top line stats:

  • Over 50,000 mentions of the Nintendo Spotlight between 9and 9:30am PT
  • 74% of gender-cateogrized authors were male, 26% were female.

Highlights: The largest mention spike during the conference (not counting the end of conference spike in comments) was when Metroid Prime 4 was announced.

Games: Metroid Prime 4 and Kirby drove the most significant game-related mention spikes during the Spotlight.

Overall Metroid Prime 4 got the largest number of mentions, followed by Kirby 2018 and Mario Odyssey.


To track conference mentions, the Brandwatch React team has set up queries that track E3-related brand mentions. They operate on a 10% sample. For example, our Bethesda query incorporates hashtags like #E3Bethesda and #BE3 as well as mentions like “Bethesda’s E3 conference” etc. The charts shown above that cover the conference highlights are generated by these queries.

To calculate the game mentions during conferences, we have rules that categorize game-related mentions in both a general E3 query (tracking mentions like #E32017, #E3, etc on a 10% sample) and the conference specific queries (the ones described above). We present them together in the dedicated game charts.

To track game mentions overall (in the extended bar chart in the summary section above), we calculated the number of mentions of each game within all of our E3 queries, since some were mentioned at multiple conferences. That included the general E3 query as mentioned above, as well as dedicated Nintendo, Sony, Bethesda, Microsoft, Ubisoft, EA and PC Gaming Show queries, all on a 10% sample.

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