FanSided’s 2022 Fandoms of the Year Announced

NEW York, NY - December 7, 2022 - FanSided, one of the fastest growing platforms of sports and lifestyle digital properties, today announced its Fandoms of the Year list, the 90 fandoms  that celebrate the top teams, players, competitions, movies, experiences, actors, music, television shows, games and more of 2022. The overall winner of Fandom of the Year goes to House of the Dragon, the Games of Thrones spin-off that became the biggest series premiere in HBO history with nearly 10 million viewers tuning in. 

Since 2017, FanSided’s editorial team has nominated the top fandoms across 14 categories to create a curated list of things that moved, inspired, thrilled and entertained us this year. Within the 90, there are 10 Superlatives that rise to the top. These include:

  • Fandom of the Year: House of the Dragon
  • Most Socially-Conscious: Vermont Green FC
  • Most Likely to Brighten Your Day: Savannah Bananas
  • Most Inspirational: Special Olympics
  • Most Unexpected: Albert Pujols
  • Most Bittersweet: Serena Williams
  • Most Loyal: DC Legends of Tomorrow
  • Comeback Fandom: Stranger Things
  • Most Powerful Fandom: Black Panther
  • Most Enthusiastic: Euphoria

“FanSided's mission is to tell stories that have a positive impact on communities. We recognize Fandom as an extension of community and the Fandoms of the Year list is a way to celebrate and examine the things that bring us together, to recognize the transformative power of positivity,” said Zach Best, Co-founder and General Manager of FanSided. “It’s been another great year for entertainment, sports and culture and the FanSided staff is passionate about bringing the top stories of the year to fans each year with these Fandoms.”

This year's list showed multiple interesting trends in the realm of fandom. Interest in women's sports increased compared to the year prior, with 10 teams and individual athletes being featured in 37 sports fandoms. Fans also seem to have gravitated towards legacy and/or retired athletes this year including Albert Pujols, Serena Williams, Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles. Finally, it looks like the covid-era trend of increased TV watching is remaining strong with 28 of this year's top fandoms in the Television category including HBO & Netflix which each had six shows in the mix.

The full list can be accessed here

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