Fortnite is now more popular on Twitch than PUBG

    
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Who saw this one coming? Fortnite has officially pushed past PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in terms of games that get the most playtime on Twitch. That’s according to SullyGnome, which tracks streamtime for big online games. Fortnite is now topping PUBG in number of streams, number of channels streaming, time streamed, and number of daily viewers as Fortnite continues its climb – and PUBG falls.

Worth pointing out, however, is that the Fortnite community is somewhat skeptical about the sudden boom. As Polygon explored yesterday, some streamers and watchers argue that multiple Fortnite-centric channels are seeing a spike in Twitch Prime subs from “compromised accounts and bots” thanks to Epic’s current skin promotion, through which Twitch offers an exclusive. It’s possible the spike in viewers and viewtime for the game are related.

In other Fortnite news, Epic says it’s “working on bringing parity to the control schemes” between the PvP battle royale and PvE Save the World modes.

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Valen Sinclair

In other news, people like free things that can run on potato computers.

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Sorenthaz

So looking at SullyGnome’s statistics stuff, https://sullygnome.com/game/Fortnite/3/summary

In 3 days this game somehow got over 50k extra new viewers. Saturday evening on March 3rd is where it spiked up dramatically out of nowhere.

And it doesn’t look like anything special was going on that day…? So I don’t even understand it. Especially when other stuff was going on like LoL’s esports stuff.

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Danny Smith

As someone who bought it when it was a co-op pve game and not chasing the latest EZ-BUX meme i was a little peeved at the change -though since i’ve basically got a more entertaining but similar experience with friends playing MGSurvive.
Now i think i’m just glad these effervescent in and out experiences are getting popular again. Too many devs were using the ‘lifestyle game’/’game as service’ idea as a crutch to package boring, grinding lockbox vectors time and again. Any step away is a good thing.

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David Goodman

Meanwhile, all of the AAA publishers are chasing “Live Services” (I can only hear that phrase in Jim STerling’s voice now) as the end-all be-all of gaming.

Eh, this will probably stick along for a while but will be replaced by whatever next big thing happens. And then everyone will beat that horse to death and beyond as well.

Stand by for battle royale clones (more than there are now, that is.)

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Sorenthaz

The normal answer would probably be because PUBG was a fad much like H1Z1 and Fortnite is just the new thing.

That or there’s something suspicious going on because Fortnite streamers suddenly have been seeing MASSIVE booms in viewer numbers for no reason. Case in point, Ninja’s viewer numbers somehow exploded to 80k-100k seemingly out of nowhere when he was only getting about 1/4th-1/5th of that previously not even a week ago.

It really doesn’t make sense and it’s hard not for it to look artificial as hell. There really is little reason as to how it exploded seemingly overnight, Ninja especially. No offense to the dude but there have been problems like this in the past where streamers get boosted up massively with compromised accounts and the like. It’s hard to see how this happened in a natural manner to the point where he’s beating Dr. Disrespect, Lirik, and the other mega-streamers with relative ease. Dude was struggling to break past that 10k mark until he got into Fortnite, not even a week ago he was getting ~25k or something on the regular (that is a massive feat as-is, btw). Now he’s suddenly pulling 80k-100k for… no reason at all?

Just looks sketchy as hell and it’s hard not for people to be concerned or think something is afoul, especially when Epic is doing whatever they can to stay relevant and get publicity for their only cash cow game. Also this isn’t the first time they’ve paid streamers to promote their stuff, so… *shrug* It’s hard to see how this game suddenly blew up just from a Twitch Prime promo.

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deekay_000

i touched on this a bit below but yeah i read that too. and it totally does look like someone paid for view bots.

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Armsbend

If I was trying to make a living by streaming I’d go to any means necessary to get my numbers up. It wouldn’t bother me if they were bots, I was being paid or anything else – short of griefing my competitors.

Gaming shows are still a wild west unlike all traditional media. They will and probably are catching up though with some help.

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deekay_000

this many bots is a quick way to get banned if found out…

or your game banned from the platform.

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Armsbend

Yeah I’d think so too.

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deekay_000

ayyy lmao

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snacky

Fortnite is a fun game.

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CapnLan

I’ve tried watching it a few times but just can’t get into it. The Battle Royale genre just doesn’t work for me. I did have some interest in the PvE mode, but I hear that the support for it is incredibly lacking in comparison to the PvP.

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Akagi

Neither do I. It’s just like starting over and over with no real progress. I like traditional shooters where you unlock weapons, armors and upgrades and you bring into battle whatever you want, not start naked and start looking for things, like Half-Life Deathmatch, Quake III Arena or Unreal Tournament 2000, I liked those three games back when I was 8-12, but now I can’t bring myself to play anything like this, even CS:GO that hasn’t evolved since 1999 in any other way than graphically.

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TherecDaMage .

I enjoy playing this over PUBG. It’s simplified, doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still requires a lot of skill. Good to see it’s gaining so much popularity.

The exposure and popularity is probably helped by top PUBG pros like Shroud playing it from time to time.

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TomTurtle

I’ve been hearing a fair few mentions about the viewer botting going on lately. I didn’t know it could have been related to a promotion. Sucks that this stuff goes on.