The Daily Grind: Is PUBG finally the ‘WoW killer killer’ we’ve been waiting for?

Say the words “WoW killer” to a bunch of MMORPG players in 2017 and you’re bound to get eyerolls, for good reason: Even though we’ve been watching over the last decade as game after game chased the title, most folks don’t really believe that any MMORPG will ever truly “kill” World of Warcraft except possibly WoW itself, however slowly. Globally oriented, e-sports-centric games like MOBAs and shooters have long since surpassed the MMORPG market anyway, beating them at their own community game.

What I didn’t really expect to ever see was a game that killed the “WoW killers,” and that’s exactly what PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is doing. Oh, League of Legends, Dota 2, and CS:GO aren’t dead, and they’re not going to roll over and give up so easily, not when they’re still making money hand-over-fist (just a little bit less than before). But I have to admit that I didn’t see this coming. Battle royale is an old game type, and PUBG isn’t even the first to try to revivify it. I never expected this kind of dramatic sea change in online gaming. We’re watching a huge shift happening right before our eyes, and bizarrely enough, Daybreak is partly responsible.

Is PUBG a “WoW killer killer”? Is PUBG really worthy of all the fuss, or are people just sick of the old-school MOBA and shooter lineup?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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k2apa

no…. cause MMORPG players won’t be moving to PUBG at all, they’re in it for the RPG, not for BR. So by default this is invalid.

And thus I roll my eyes.

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The Dallas Dapifer🌪

Anyone else find it funny that WoW was the Everquest Killer and its still around? Enough of us lived through this MMO Era to realize we have come full circle. WoW will still be around in 2030 after the Singularity and I wouldn’t be surprised if it has something to do with it.

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Mr Poolaty

NO but if GTA 6 is an mmo then yes

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Witches

I think some people never liked that lineup and are just waiting for something that caters to them.

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Fervor Bliss

Like you stated, WoW stoped being No 1 MMO population a long time ago. Even Overwatch crushes WoW numbers. For those that enjoy it good for them. Some people collect stamps. The only thing that changed is no one is WoW wannabe’s anymore. “Let work hard and be No 2”, is not a great rally cry.

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Sally Bowls

“WoW stoped[sic] being No 1 MMO population a long time ago”???? There are probably Chinese MMOs that are bigger. And if you count console sales TESO may or may not be bigger. But WoW is the only MMO in the top 10 PC games revenue. Just because the people here have WoW issues does not mean it is not still the largest MMO.

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Schmidt.Capela

Actually, Fantasy Westward Journey II — the perennial second place in PC games per revenue, behind only LoL — is a MMO. A Chinese MMO from 2001 with graphics that look like an anime version of UO.

So, if you include China, WoW is not the largest MMO, neither by revenue nor by players. And likely never was; Fantasy Westward Journey already had 1.5M concurrent users in 2007.

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Witches

I think you are overestimating ESO.

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Jeremy Barnes

Overwatch is not, has not ever been an MMO.

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Ok, lets do this…. Naked Gnome Races starting in Yasnaya and heading down to the military base! No projectile weapons allowed!

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Paul

How can it possibly be a WoW killer when it isn’t even close to being an MMO ??

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Sally Bowls

Reminder:

Please note that back in July, PUBG went to RL$-to-open lockboxes and said those drop-in-game ones probably would not be in the live game. In the following three months, the concurrency skrocketed over 500%, up by nearly 2M concurrent players. Give the customers what they want?

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Sally Bowls

For once, I don’t want to quibble with the article title but it is not a killer in the sense of direct zero sum choices. You don’t get to 2.3M even if you took all of H1Z1s players. Sorry. I meant that 2.3M is bigger than LoL and DOTA combined. And LoL and DOTA are off a bit I imagine but not drastically, at least relative to 2.3M. So there is some market expansion going as well.
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China and Korea are “half” the players. (BTW, where do you think Kakao is spending its marketing budget on, a year old BDO or their Korean launch of PUBG?)

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m not sure where LoL currently stands (they are very selective in which info they release), but it had over 5M concurrent players back in 2014. Assuming LoL didn’t lose most of its players since then, PUBG still has a lot to grow before it can challenge LoL.

Though, of course, the two are not direct competitors.

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John Mynard

I would like to remind everyone about how stars work.

The bigger a star gets the faster it burns through its fuel and sooner it dies.

I, personally, don’t see the appeal, but others do and that’s fine. But when you start trying to sue people for producing a similar product to your own, you’ve passed into levels of douchebag reserved for politicians, high-level bankers and movie executives. I sense the end coming for PUBG, it won’t be pretty and it won’t be fast, but it’s coming.