may have one of the worst video game names in history, but it set a new record on Twitch last week.
Gameloco founder Nicolas Cerrato points out that PUBG beat League of Legends in terms of hours of eyeballs on Twitch during the week of August 6th, the first time LoL’s ever been unseated by a game outside of a special event. And indeed, this was a special event: Dota 2 actually came close to beating both PUB and LoL together thanks to Valve’s massive $10M prize-pool The International tourney, which concluded over the weekend.
But PUBG still managed to edge out LoL — something that’s never happened before, possibly because MOBA eyes were distracted, or possibly because, as Cerrato puts it, “PUBG looks more and more like an extremely powerful cultural phenomenon that will impact gaming like very few games ever have.” There’s a reason Tencent was trying to buy it and its studio up, after all.
Tencent is sprinkling more money around: Yicai Global
are reporting that the Chinese conglom has invested money into South Korea’s Bluehole Studio
. It’s not currently clear how much money; according to Yicai, Bluehole refused a total buyout offer.
We’re presuming that Tencent’s interest is chiefly in Bluehole’s development and publishing of the increasingly popular and obnoxiously named Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
But to MMORPG players, Bluehole is probably best known as the Korean studio behind TERA, as well as Devilian (in the East), Project W, and a number of mobile games, including one based on TERA.
Most recently, Tencent was spotted pouring $23M into Elite Dangerous dev house Frontier Development to acquire 9% of the studio.
So here’s a term Eliot couldn’t possibly have dreamed up
for our terminology columns
: stream honking.
So imagine you’re MJ playing a gankbox on a stream. It wouldn’t be unheard of for somebody to figure out where she is and come and mess with her, even try to kill her. (That death counter isn’t gonna feed itself, after all.) But in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, people are showing up not to gank streamers but to flood their stream feeds with… honking. You know, with video game car horns.
Kotaku has a roundup of videos from streamers being stream honked, and while it’s funny the first time, it quickly gets old and makes ya wonder who exactly sits around pranking like this all day. I mean, yeah, a lot of games and streams are boring as heck, but isn’t this even more boring?
But if you do decide to waste precious seconds of your life honking at other people in a video game for literally no fame or fortune whatsoever, just be aware that it may come with hefty consequences. Last week, a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds player was actually banned by the community team for stream sniping (stalking someone on Twitch and trying to cheat by using a stream for advantage against the streamer). Who knows — maybe stream honking isn’t too far behind.
SuperData’s global digital games revenue summary for June 2017 is out, and it’s a strange melange of huge shifts and no changes at all.
On the PC front, there’s been movement at the bottom of the list, as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and ROBLOX (seriously) have kicked CSGO and New Westward Journey Online II to the curb and knocked World of Tanks and Overwatch down a few pegs. World of Warcraft remains at #6, thanks to last month’s recombination of east and west. It’s a weird saga.
On consoles, however, Overwatch inched up a place and Grand Theft Auto V surged to take the top spot, in spite of its messy modder confrontations this summer. “Despite negative press over community-created-mods decisions, Grand Theft Auto Online experienced its most successful month this June on the back of [its] newest DLC,” SuperData says.
The mobile category has seen a huge shakeup as well, as Honour of Kings leaped from 10th place to 1st, pushing down Clash of Clans and Clash Royale — the firm estimates Honour of Kings made over $150 million in June. Pokemon Go remains noticeably absent from the top 10 lists this summer, but SuperData gives it a nod anyway.