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By Stoyan Todorov eSports 30 Mar 2018 391 views

Gaming market analysis company NewZoo has released a new report summing up the performance of battle royale games in February. The latest figures attest to the rising popularity of the genre, with 30.1% of ‘core PC gamers’ opting for some of the most played titles, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite. The report featured relatively minor titles such as H1Z1 and Ark as well, and it mentioned popular mobile-first titles in China.

PUBG was also the third most-watched battle royale on Twitch in pure viewership hours for February 2018, outstripped by Epic Games’ Fortnite. Fortnite is the latest noteworthy arrival in the battle royal genre and the title has already overtaken PUBG in terms of played hours, NewZoo’s monthly case study of the most played games reveals.

The press has also reported quite copiously on the game’s rise to salience, with outlets writing about the game’s staggering popularity with 45 million players already competing worldwide. Meanwhile, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has made headlines by announcing an upcoming Fortnite tournament in April that will take place in the newly-opened

Fans have been effusing about the game on a variety of social platforms, including Quora and Reddit. NewZoo’s own looking-into cited a fan who appreciate the ‘survival of the fittest’ aspect of the game, and the fact that the game demanded attentive and cautious play as a prerequisite to success.

Interestingly enough, PUBG is more popular in China where over half the PC player base preferred PUBG to a piffling 1% for Fortnite. Conversely, European countries, such as France and Denmark have seen a stronger interest in Fortnite. Meanwhile, Sweden has an almost equal base in both games, with 26% going for Fortnite and 20% sticking with PUBG.

The battle royale genre is definitely more popular in China in general. Mobile-first battle royale games are also shaping up nicely. Two of China’s most popular such games, Knives Out and Rules of Survival, sport over 50 million and 25 million players respectively.

NetEase has endorsed its title, Rules of Survival, and primed the game for an eSports future. The newly-fledged Terminator 2 International Super League (TSL) is sporting a hefty prize pool of $855,000. Meanwhile, Fortnite witnessed its iOS launch in mid-March 2018.

Epic Games ambitions go even further, with cross-platform play (including PC, Mac, consoles, and mobile) eventually seeing the light of day.

Lastly, NewZoo concludes that the battle royale genre will expand more in future.