This year, at Spiel ’22 we had the honour to award the first BG Stats Most Popular New Game Award to Mathias Wigge for his game Ark Nova.

The popularity of a game is determined as follows: we looked at the unique users that logged at least one play of a game. The new game that was logged by the most unique users, Ark Nova in this case, won. This means it doesn’t matter how many times a user played the game, or how many people were in the game.

To be fair, we excluded our plays from the records (so that’s -1 for all games we logged).

Congratulations to the winner Ark Nova and designer Mathias Wigge and the whole team that created this popular game!