It looked like Call of Duty's Battle Royale was ripping people off PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds when it started last week. And that may start to happen. PUBG stayed strong through the weekend with no apparent impact on his top players on Steam. But now that the week arrives, according to Steam's statistics, fewer people sign up in the endgame shooter.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launched on October 12th. On the PC it is not available steam. Instead, players must buy it through Blizzard's Battle.net service. And the publisher Activision Blizzard shares no statistics like top players. So we can only look at data for PUBG. And these numbers show a sharper slump, corresponding to the release of Black Ops Blackout (BOBO).
Here you can see how the last four days compare to the same periods of the past two weeks. Surprisingly, PUBG lost no abnormal dynamics on Saturday and Sunday after the debut of BOBO. The average number of players playing the same weekend has dropped 6.5 percent from the previous Saturday-Sunday. The game has seen similar setbacks in the past.
But it's the Monday and Tuesday numbers that show a more dramatic drop. In recent weeks, PUBG has reached a peak of about 940,000 players. This was the case on Monday and Tuesday on October 1
This is not really a strong trend yet, and PUBG could recover quickly after people have tried BOBO. But it seems safe to assume that people are trying to take on Call of Duty's fight against Royale. At the same time, if BOBO has an effect on PUBG, it is not a sudden knife to the heart.
PUBG is resilient for a number of reasons. A significant part of its players are in China and other markets where Call of Duty is not nearly as popular or even unpublished. PUBG still has many followers who always prefer their way of doing things.
But I think we'll see that BOBO will pay a bigger tribute to PUBG in the coming days. Call of Duty has a bad reputation on the PC, but Black Ops 4 seems to be an excellent port. People can begin to jump on the game after seeing Activision keep its promise to support PC. Likewise, players may want to see if their favorite livestreamers stay on Twitch at the end of BOBO. If Shroud or Ninja play it for a weekend and then go back to PUBG or Fortnite, players may choose to stay at these games. Finally, BOBO will have to rely more on word of mouth just because fewer people have the Battle.net Launcher installed.
Sure, Battle.net is on many systems because World of Warcraft and Overwatch, but Steam has more than 130 million registered users. It is practically omnipresent. So players need a reason to download or open Battle.net, and that will take some time.