(Disclaimer: I’d love more official data and statistics, so if the OGS team wants me to create some info graphics with official data, let me know )
Because data is cool, I dug a bit deeper to see which effect Corona had on my favourite Go server. There are a few numbers I collected by going through game and accountdata on online-go.com and put them into a cute graphic.
A few remarks:
As expected, the activity increased a LOT. The biggest increase happened in march, alongside the different corona measures alongside of Europe.
The account registrations are extremely stable since at least 1,5 years. After a few closer checks, it seems like the increase in account registrations at the beginning of 2020 might be a few spambots that got through the cracks to create accounts.
The increase in games and registrations is positive overall for our hobby of course, but considering the numbers are already decreasing again, I wonder if there are more “Newbies” coming to the game in this time at all, or if its mostly just regular go players looking for a new way to play Go during the health crisis.
It really would be a great time to expose more people to our hobby, and we should come up with better ideas for it.
Hope you enjoy looking through the numbers as much as I do