2017 was the year of the battle royale. Although there were other great games on all platforms, the title of Bluehole and PUBG Corp. was the one that caught the attention thanks to its novel concept, the adrenaline of the games and the concept of ” there can only be one ”. However, by 2018, Fortnite is sweeping with PUBG .
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was not the first battle royale game , but it was the one that turned the genre, if it can be called that, into a trend. Large publishers, such as Ubisoft, soon set their sights on the Bluehole game and others, like Activision, have already adapted the battle royale mode to one of the star franchises of video games, Call of Duty, with the Blackout IIII Blackout mode .
From March of last year until December, there was no talk of anything other than PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds . Fortnite came out mid-year , the game that Epic Games had been preparing since 2011 and that was nothing more than a cooperative game for four players in which they had to face hordes of zombies.
In addition to some very useful graphics, the game counted, and continues to do so, with a basic and intuitive construction system to prepare defenses. The number of Fortnite players was minuscule compared to the Bluehole game, but soon, Epic saw the battle royale reef and adapted Fortnite to that trend (sinedo the most successful free to play consoles ).
Fortnite Battle Royale is not only a very successful mix between PUBG and Fortnite itself, but it is a very smart movement of Epic to ” copy ” the battle royale in a short time, but with excellent results (polishing level).
As you can see in the following image, the peak of average players of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was achieved in January of this year, with something more than a million and a half on average. However, the appearance of Fortnite Battle Royale, which is also free and independent of the original game, has caused the number of PUBG players to fall considerably.
As you can see, the average population of PUBG in May is close to half of that achieved in January, a considerable drop that we will see if those of PUBG Corp. manage to overcome. At the moment, the Koreans have already seen the ears of the wolf and, as we told you a few days ago, sued Epic Games for plagiarism.
We will see what that demand is, but what is clear is that the popularity of Fortnite Battle Royale does not decrease and Epic Games continues to add content that keeps players “occupied”.
Oh! PUBG not only succumbs to Fortnite in number of players or visualizations in streaming channels, another important measure of the popularity of a game. In the field of esports , Bluehole announced a two million dollar jackpot for the PUBG Invitational 2018. Epic was launched into the pool with 100 million dollars to support the competitions …