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Battle Royale Weekly: State of the Battle Royale Genre

Every week here in the Battle Royale Weekly column we take a look at the news from just the Battle Royale genre, much of which doesn’t get reported by other games media sites. Currently, our list includes 38 Battle Royale titles that we check every week for anything new to talk about. Last week, however, there were only a few games across the entire genre that had news. That’s…shocking really. What made it even worse was that going through that list we found many of the games hadn’t received an update in months and their populations according to Steam Charts were below 10 players a day. So instead of focusing on the news this week, we thought it was time to take a look at the state of the Battle Royale genre.

Before we get started, let’s address the two big elephants in the room: Fortnite and PUBG. As two of the biggest, most popular games in the entire game industry they stand out from the rest of the genre. Both games are doing very well and are essentially the pillars that are holding up the Battle Royale genre. However, they’re also the reason the rest of the genre is struggling. Fortnite is so big that Netflix sees them as a bigger threat than HBO. Fortnite and PUBG are proving to have amazing brand loyalty and from the looks of it, many players aren’t interested in trying out the competition that is sprouting up online.

So, where is the genre going wrong? Well, to start with many Battle Royale games are buy-to-play, meaning you have to pay for the game once to get access to it. Fortnite, the biggest game in the world, is a free-to-play title. Fortnite makes its money through the in-game store selling dances and cosmetic items. This is something it was able to do because unlike the smaller games in the genre it had the backing of a massive studio that could afford to develop the game and allow it to grow in popularity while not bringing much money in. Many Battle Royale games are indies and have very small budgets to start with. They need that initial push of players buying the game to help them continue the development. Unfortunately, that puts them at a massive disadvantage.

Another place that the genre is going wrong is not having very good PR. For most of that list of 38 games, we have to go to their Steam store page to find any news about them. Many of these games don’t issue press releases and they don’t offer review codes both of which would put their game in the public’s eye and attract more players to it. Instead, they’re relying on being seen on social media, being seen on Steam, and word of mouth. This method quite simply isn’t working. Games that are still in Early Access and still being developed are seeing incredibly low player numbers. This makes future development on the game difficult, especially since as mentioned above, they typically are relying on money they don’t have to finish the development of the game. In fact, their lack of being in the public’s eye is what inspired us to start this column to begin with. There are some really amazing, gorgeous looking games that aren’t getting the attention they need to survive.

While there are some beautiful, fun games in the genre it is lacking in ingenuity. Many of the games have just taken the basic concept of the genre and slapped a different art style or setting on it. That isn’t enough to make the game stand out and it isn’t enough to pull people away from Fortnite, a game that is much more established and always has enough players for a match. That may not be the fault of the developers, rather the restrictions of the genre. There are only so many ways you can combine the idea of the survival game with last man standing gameplay. There are different modes that are being introduced in Battle Royale games, so perhaps not starting with the traditional mode would work for new games.

Many Battle Royale games suffer from developer abandonment issues. When a game’s Steam page hasn’t had a news update in 3 months, it’s very easy for it to look like that game has been abandoned by the developer. Maybe it has, or maybe they’re just hard at work behind the scenes and they’re active on social media or in their Discord. This adds to the perception that the game has been abandoned. It’s also a sad fact that many Battle Royale games HAVE been abandoned by their developers. This can happen for a number of reasons and every time it happens it hurts the genre a little bit more.

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While the MMOGames office is still torn over whether or not there’s room for more games in the Battle Royale genre, there is one thing we agree on: the genre is still in its infancy and 2019 will be the year that either makes or breaks Battle Royale games.

Hopefully next week we’ll be back to having news to report on for the Battle Royale genre that isn’t just Fortnite getting sued by ANOTHER artist (this makes 5 now) or PUBG’s latest update. If you’re interested in trying out a Battle Royale game that isn’t Fortnite or PUBG take a look at our Battle Royale Beta List. It’s filled with the smaller indie Battle Royale games that you won’t see talked about anywhere else. If there’s a Battle Royale game that you love and would like to get the word out about leave a comment below telling us and other readers about it!

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Battle Royale Weekly: Fortnite is Hosting a Concert

In this week’s look at the Battle Royale genre we see the first signs of a release date for Fear the Wolves, but could it be too soon? There’s also going to be a Fortnite concert, and PUBG is making itself more available for those with subpar PCs. Plus news from Ring of Elysium and Rules of Survival.

Fear the Wolves Gets A Release Date

Fear The Wolves

We haven’t heard a whole lot from Fear the Wolves recently and it seems that’s because they’re gearing up to launch. The game will officially release on February 6th but the developers have said that they may do a soft launch a few days early just to make sure everything is running smoothly.

In addition to launching on February 6th, the game will also be free to play until February 12th. This will give new players the opportunity to try out the game just as it is starting out. On top of that, they’re offering a 50% discount for the game during the free period because you will have to buy the game to play it outside of the February 6-12th window.

Many of the comments on the announcement express concern that the game isn’t ready yet. They only started Early Access back in August and as it stands now reviews on Steam are mixed with just 53% of reviews being positive. Those who have played said they’re worried that the game isn’t ready yet and that the developers are rushing the game out the door. Next week when the servers go live, and the game is available to the world, we’ll find out if these concerns were warranted or not.

Source: Steam

Fortnite Hosting a Concert

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Have you ever wished you could see your favorite musician play in your favorite video game? Well if you’re a fan of DJ Marshmello and your favorite game is Fortnite then you’re in luck. This Saturday the DJ will take to the stage in Pleasant Park. These kinds of one-off events have helped cement Fortnite’s popularity, though this is the first time there’s ever been a concert performed in the game.

Of course, thanks to events in the past, we know that things don’t always go according to plan. In fact, many people who have wanted to take part in previous events have found themselves dead before the events even began and were unable to participate. In the past Epic has taken away weapons for these events and even transported players to another area. It isn’t clear what, if any, precautions Epic is going to take for this concert. In fact, Epic hasn’t even announced it’s happening at all. The only evidence it’s taking place appears on Marshmello’s site, which lists Pleasant Park as an upcoming tour location. With the concert just a few days away we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Source: The Verge

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Lite in Testing

PUBG is currently testing a slimmed down version of the game that will play on PCs that don’t meet the hardware specs for the regular game. Right now it’s being tested in Thailand and we may never actually see it in the West. It’s being developed specifically for “players in areas where the core game’s required specifications are more difficult to achieve due to the hardware available.”

PUBG Lite has its own dedicated development team, which means that work on it isn’t taking away from the main game. This version of the game will get its own exclusive content and quality of life features. Right now the game is offering solo, duo, and squad battles in third person mode.

While we may never see PUBG Lite released in this part of the world, it is incredibly good news for the game as it opens up the possibility of it being played by an all-new audience that never would have had access before. That means more revenue for PUBG Corp, which of course means more development for the game. We’ll be watching to see what kind of impact this has on financial reports in the future.

Source: Polygon

Ring of Elysium Introduces New Systems

Ring of Elysium has introduced two new systems to the game adding to the complexity with the first being accessories. This allows you to further customize your characters after you’ve purchased accessories from the lobby store.

The second new system is vehicle appearance. When a player gets into the car, in any seat, and the car is in the default appearance the vehicle will automatically change to the player’s selected vehicle appearance. Each vehicle’s appearance can only be modified once. This also includes vehicles that are abandoned by the player who originally made the change. Just like with the accessories, the vehicle skins will need to be purchased in the lobby store.

Neither of these new systems are game-changing in any way, but for players who enjoy leaving their mark on a match and having a unique look these new systems give them more to work with.

Ring of Elysium is also holding a Spring card-flip raffle event from January 31st to February 13th. The event is a great way to get some new skins for your characters and vehicles.

Source: Steam

Rules of Survival Season Six and Spring Events

Rules of Survival

Season Six of Rules of Survival has begun! This means that rank data has all been cleared and a new winner can rise to the top. There is also no longer a level limit for character upgrades. Characters can be upgraded without limitation. When players reach levels 100, 200, and 300 they can claim Exclusive Level Medallions, Avatar Frames, and other rewards that prove they’re awesome. Due to this, and the introduction of level chests, gold rewards will no longer be handed out at the end of games.

Finally, Spring Festival Events will be gradually introduced to the game. These includes things like fireworks and a new emote.

If you haven’t tried it out yet you may want to take a look at Rules of Survival. It has one of the most active playerbases outside of the big games in the genre.

Source: Steam

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Fortnite Is Adding a Chilly New Snowman Disguise Soon

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If you thought that Fortnite’s infamous bush was an issue for mid-game campers, then prepare yourselves, because soon players will be able to go undercover as a snowman. Players who boot up Fortnite Battle Royale today will see that the update alert, which frequently reveals forthcoming items and updates, shows off the new disguise. The description very simply reads, “a portable Snowman disguise.”

The bush is still around, but with recent changes to the Fortnite map, you’re going to blend in much more naturally as a snowman. The Fortnite map is now covered in snow, so creeping around as a leafy green shrub isn’t exactly conducive to achieving a proper camouflage. We don’t know how long the snowman will be around; it could disappear as soon as the snow does, so you should enjoy it while you can.

So when, exactly, will the snowman be available? Your sneaky new outfit should go live with update 7.20, which is due out this week. Typically updates go live on Tuesdays, and typically, items we see teased in the update alerts are released the following day. While we expect the update and the snowman to go live tomorrow, nothing is set in stone. There’s a very real chance that the holiday weekend could result in a Wednesday update, so we’ll keep our ears to the ground and let you know.

In the meantime, what do you think of Fortnite‘s new disguise? The bush was a source of innumerable complaints and memes as soon as it launched, but things have since died down, and no one ever uses it anymore. Will you be counting on this chilly outfit to help you score a victory royale? Let us know in the comments below!

[Source: ComicBook]

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Battle Royale Weekly: Fortnite Faces Another Lawsuit

This week we’ve got new modes for several games, Black Desert Online gets a battle royale mode and Fortnite faces another lawsuit over the unauthorized use of a dance. Find all of that and more in this week’s Battle Royale Weekly.

Black Desert Online Goes Battle Royale

Black Desert Online is one of the most talked about MMORPGs at the moment and it’s really no surprise that they’ve now received a Battle Royale mode. The new mode, called Shadow Arena, puts 50 players on a map together where they start out as Black Spirits. Black Spirits must quickly find one of the bodies scattered across the map and possess it before their health runs out. These bodies only come equipped with a basic weapon and a basic skill, so once they have a body they need to start looking for better weapons and skills out in the world. A dark fog filled with Black Spirits will spread across the land, shrinking the playable area as time goes on. Players who are caught inside the fog will be attacked by the very powerful Black Spirits.

At the moment the new mode is only in Early Access and as such available only at certain times. On weekdays players can play the mode from 4PM to 1AM PST. On weekends it is available 9AM to 11PM PST.

Source: Press Release

Call of Duty Blackout Introduces Respawning

Blackout has received a new limited time mode for squads that allows anyone to respawn when the circle resets. The only catch is that someone from your squad has to survive up to that point. Right now the mode, called Down But Not Out is only available on the PS4 version of the game. Treyarch hasn’t said if the mode will be available on other platforms. Down But Not Out is available now, from January 16th to January 30th, so if you want to try it out do so now while you can.

Source: Polygon

Fear the Wolves Improves Player Experience

Fear The Wolves

Fear the Wolves has released a new patch that is said to improve player’s experience with the game. There are now faster queues, a new waiting room, vaulting, and voice chat. They’ve also made matches more intense.

Source: Steam

Fortnite Faces Another Lawsuit Over a Dance

Joining the others who have previous gone after Fortnite for dance emotes we’re now seeing the parents of Orange Shirt Kid joining the fight. Orange Fight Kid is well known for his dance moves which he calls the Random, but in Fortnite they’re called Orange Justice. The lawsuit states, “Through its unauthorised misappropriation of Orange Shirt Kid’s highly popular signature dance, the ‘Random,’ along with his well-known catchphrase ‘It’s also a great exercise move!” in its smash-hit, violent video game, Fortnite Battle Royale, defendants have unfairly profited from exploiting Orange Shirt Kid’s protected creative expression, likeness, and trademark without consent or authorisation.”

One major difference between this emote and the other lawsuits that have come before is that Orange Justice isn’t actually available for sale in the game. Still, the lawsuit says, “Epic cannot profit from Orange Shirt Kid’s hard-earned fame by its misappropriation of the Random, Orange Shirt Kid’s likeness, or the Catchphrase.” It should also be added that this lawsuit is being handled by Beck Price & Hecht LLP, the same firm behind the other two major emote lawsuits.

Source: Independent

Proxima Royale Closed Beta Waves 2 and 3

Proxima Royale

In January the Proxima Royale servers will have two weekends where they are online and active for players to play. The first weekend is January 19 to 20 while the second weekend is January 26 to 27. On the first day of these two weekends the servers will be online from 3PM to 9PM EST. The second day the servers will be active from 7PM to 1AM EST. This will allow players from many time zones all over the world to participate without having to stay up all hours.

Source: Steam

Rapture Rejects Introduces New Mode

Rapture Rejects has introduced a new mode that will allow players to keep coming back to the game until someone finds that golden ticket to heaven that’s hidden in their neighborhood. Once the ticket is found the battle royale begins and it is a fight to the death to get it from the person who found the ticket. To make it even more of a challenge the person who is holding the ticket gets marked on the map. This new mode is available now on Steam, assuming you’ve paid for the game.

Source: Steam

Realm Royale Pirates vs Ninjas

Realm Royale is asking the question as old as the internet itself. Who would win in a fight: pirates or ninjas? The Steel vs Shadow Battle Pass has arrived and for a limited time, and players will be able to unlock exclusive items. The battle pass features 80 levels of unlockable rewards including mounts, character skins, chicken skins, skydive effects, titles, and more. The announcement doesn’t say how long this battle between Pirates and Ninjas will go on for but it looks like there is a lot of stuff to unlock. So if you’re like me, and you need to get everything, you might want to get started now.

Source: Steam

Valhall Beta Moves to Steam

Valhall has made the move to Steam after having previously decided they would use their own client. Now beta players will be able to play the game through their Steam profile. If you’re a beta tester and haven’t received your beta key yet you’re being instructed to get in touch with the Valhall devs on Indiegogo. They are sending out beta keys one time every day, so depending on when you get in touch it may be another day before you get your key.

Source: Steam

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Twitch Bans Fortnite Player Charged With Assault After Blacklash

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Australian Fortnite streamer, Luke “MrDeadMoth” Munday, made headlines back in December 2018 after he was caught assaulting his pregnant partner live on Twitch in presence of the couple’s two young girls, who could be heard crying in the background. As the disturbing clip made rounds online, 26-year old Munday was arrested by the police and charged with common assault.

Although his Twitch account was subsequently banned, Munday reappeared on the website on December 30th, and quickly attracted thousands of viewers and a following bigger than he’s ever had before. Horrified users took to social media to criticize Twitch for allowing him back on, while pointing out that the website’s rules are inconsistently enforced.

“I’ve seen channels banned permanently for as little as saying an offensive word,” lamented Twitter user BIGSnowAU. “But you’re letting someone who literally bashed their wife LIVE back on your site after a two-week suspension?”

Hundreds of others echoed those thoughts.

Although Twitch officially remained silent on the issue, at least one employee spoke out in a state of confusion.

Director of Twitch Studios, who goes by the Twitter handle djWHEAT, tweeted:

Yes, I work for Twitch. No, I do not know why every moderation decision is made. I appreciate many of you turning to me for answers, but I’m afraid I don’t have any about this at this moment. However, I’m a concerned community member just like you, and I will look into it.

Eurogamer now reports that Munday’s account has been banned again and all his on-demand videos have been removed.

We’re not sure how long the ban will last and Twitch hasn’t explained how its rules are enforced.

Munday is set to appear in court later this month.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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Revisit Sony’s Stellar 2018 in a Brand New Video

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It’s safe to say Sony had a pretty rocking 2018. With high-profile exclusives like Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War, plus third-party juggernauts like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fortnite, the fifth year of the PlayStation 4’s life was one for the books. A new video released by Sony gives us a look back at the absolutely sensational year that was, while also prepping us for the year ahead.

Take a look at it right here:


2018 definitely started off strong with the release of Monster Hunter: World, a game that became Capcom’s most-successful ever. The rest of the year saw the release of diverse titles that helped add depth to the PS4’s library. Console exclusive games like Ni no Kuni IIAstro Bot Rescue Mission, and Detroit: Become Human all catered to different kinds of audiences.

It also serves as a reminder for titles that that you may have forgotten about. (Seriously, am I the only one who keeps forgetting both Dragon Ball FighterZ and Shadow of the Colossus released in 2018?) No matter what kind of gamer you are, there was something to play in 2018.

And then the video ends with a brief but nonetheless exciting teaser. “See you in 2019” may not say much, but it’s just enough to get us excited for the new year. It’s a reaffirmation that, in case you had any doubt, Sony is still putting out games in 2019. It’s certainly going to start off strong, with Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts III debuting in January.

There are also a trio of highly-anticipated Sony-published titles: Ghost of TsushimaDeath Stranding, and The Last of Us Part II. Technically none of them are confirmed for 2019, but either way, it’s set to be another exciting year for the platform. Even if Sony’s skipping E3.

Revisit Sony’s Stellar 2018 in a Brand New Video

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Twitch Gaming Viewership Increased Significantly in 2018 With Fortnite Player Ninja in the Lead

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Video game channels on Twitch have seen a significant increase in viewership this year compared to 2017, according to statistics compiled by Esports Observer. Unsurprisingly, Fortnite player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins took the lead with over 226 million hours watched between January 1 and December 27.

League of Legends developer Riot Games claimed second position with 99 million hours watched, followed by Canadian player Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, who is known for streaming shooters including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Despite being in its first year, Overwatch League took fourth position with almost 75 million hours watched. Rounding up the top five is World of Warcraft player Chance “Sodapoppin” Morris, with approximately 52 million hours watched.

In comparison, Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar was the most-watched streamer in 2017 with over 72 million hours watched.

Esports Observer noted that Fortnite made a significant contribution to the aforementioned numbers. At least three streamers in the top ten almost exclusively play Epic’s take on the battle royale genre, and the game shows no sign of slowing down.

The most-watched games on Twitch in 2018 are as follows:

  1. Fortnite
  2. League of Legends
  3. Dota 2
  4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Hearthstone
  7. IRL
  8. Overwatch
  9. World of Warcraft
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

There’s also been a shift in the type of gaming channels viewers prefer watching. Last year, half of the top ten channels were dedicated to esports, and charity marathon channel Games Done Quick made it into the top five. In 2018, only two esports channels – Overwatch League and Riot Games – appeared in the top chart. The remaining top channels all belonged to streaming personalities.

Share your thoughts on these figures with us below.

[Source: Esports Observer]

Twitch Gaming Viewership Increased Significantly in 2018 With Fortnite Player Ninja in the Lead

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2018 in Battle Royale Games

There is no denying that 2018 was the year of the Battle Royale. It has dominated just about every conversation about gaming the entire year. For a good reason too, the genre is insanely popular. But, while it has been a great year there have also been more than a few Battle Royale titles shut down. So grab yourself a drink and sit back as we take a look at 2018 in Battle Royale games.

The year had a bit of a rough start as the news came out that H1Z1 had lost 90% of its player base since July 2017. Of course, a lot of the blame for that can be placed on the success of Fortnite and PUBG, so really as far as the genre goes it wasn’t a terrible thing. As the year progressed H1Z1 would go on to have the part of the game that wasn’t a Battle Royale shut down after the game moved to a new internal studio at Daybreak.

This was also the year that Ninja and Drake broke the record on Twitch for the most-viewed stream while playing Fortnite. At its peak, it was watched by 628,000 people around the world. As of this month, Ninja is the most followed Streamer on Twitch. He has more than 12 million followers and each time he streams he averages 53,000 viewers. For those wondering, Ninja started out the year making approximately $500,000 a month from streaming and later told ESPN that he’s now making nearly 7 figures a month. Oh to be Ninja just for a month.

2018 was also the year of lawsuits in the Battle Royale genre. PUBG sued NetEase for copyright infringement with their games Knives Out and Rules of Survival. In turn just a few days later NetEase threatened to sue everyone who wasn’t PUBG because…well, we’re still not really sure what they were thinking about there actually. Basically, their argument boiled down to “you took the idea that we took and made it a little different and hurt the market in doing so.” Which is exactly as stupid as it sounds. PUBG then went and sued Fortnite for plagiarizing its UI and items. Then, because 2018 wasn’t crazy enough already three stars are now suing Fortnite over the sale of emotes of their dances. Backpack Kid, Milly 2, and Alfonso Ribeiro are all going after Fortnite in a move that is seen by many to be nothing more than an attempt at getting some of that sweet Fortnite cash.

Speaking of Fortnite cash, in March Fortnite became the largest free to play console game of all time both in revenue generated and monthly active users. The game is currently sitting at the number 4 spot in terms of monthly revenue for both console and PC games. Towards the end of the year, it looked as though Fortnite had hit its peak in revenue as revenue growth slowed significantly. Of course, when you talk about revenue slowing down you have to take into consideration that Fortnite makes $2 million a day just on iOS. The last number we had was in October stating that Fortnite on iOS made $300 million worldwide just on iOS…in 200 days. Oh to be Epic just for a day.

How are they doing this? Well, according to a study done by Newzoo, Battle Royale players are more likely to spend money on games. In fact, they’re more invested all around than other competitive gamers. They’re more likely to watch esports, spend money, and spend more than 6 hours a week in game. Does that 6 hours a week number feel a bit low to anyone else?

While Fortnite is helping Tim Sweeney live everyone’s dream of swimming in money the Battle Royale genre has suffered a few losses this year. The first Battle Royale to die was Radical Heights, the 80s themed Battle Royale game that was supposed to save Boss Key Studios. Unfortunately what was released was incomplete and, according to those who played it, not all that great. The game closed not long after it was released as the studio collapsed. The result of which made founder CliffyB, of Gears of War fame, declare he would never make another game. He isn’t the first developer to have said this though, so we’ll wait and see if he follows through.

Radical Heights

SOS, upon seeing the massive success of the Battle Royale genre decided to switch gears and transition into a Battle Royale game. It was a complete disaster as none of the fans actually wanted that. So the game was review bombed and it didn’t take long for the game to shut down. They did try to fix things by bringing back the classic game, but for many fans, it was already too late. The Culling 2 was canceled after a less than stellar reception. It was a game that no one really wanted, and even the developers admitted this. Islands of Nyne also recently announced that they can no longer continue to develop the game and it is now in maintenance mode on Steam. The game is free to play and will continue to be available for the time being. With the market being largely dominated by a couple of big games it is an undeniable fact that we will see more Battle Royale games close in 2019, we just have to wait and see which ones it will be.

Much to our surprise, only a few MMOs have jumped on the Battle Royale bandwagon. For a while, those of us at MMOGames feared that every MMO would come out with a Battle Royale mode. Thankfully, at this point only a few have. Skyforge, Mortal Online, Wild West Online, and Ashes of Creation are the most notable. Though you also have it in games like Trove.

Mortal Royale

It was quite a year for the Battle Royale genre and this was barely a look at the surface. There were a vast amount of games we didn’t mention like Rapture Rejects and we didn’t even discuss how many divorces there were because of Fortnite. But now it is time to start looking ahead to 2019. We already know that Planetside Arena is on its way, what else will 2019 bring us? Next week we’ll look at a few predictions.

If you want another look back at 2018 in Battle Royale games take a look at this list of our Battle Royale roundups. They haven’t been running all year, but they will give you a bit of an idea on how the year has gone.

What Gaming Looks Like One Year After Fortnite
August Battle Royale Weekly 1 – SOS Classic Tries to Save the Game
The Battle Royale Games of Gamescom 2018
August Battle Royale Weekly 2 – Gamescom and New Games
August Battle Royale Weekly 3 – Epic Android Security Issues for Fortnite
September Battle Royale Weekly 1 – Firestorm Info Dump
September Battle Royale Weekly 2 – Adult Arrested After Threatening Kid Over Fortnite
October Battle Royale Weekly 1 – Fortnite makes $300 Million in 200 Days
October Battle Royale Weekly 2 – PUG Makes $100 Million and Goodbye SOS
November Battle Royale Weekly 1 – PUBG on PS4
November Battle Royale Weekly 2 – 200 Million Fortnite Players and Totally Accurate Battlegrounds goes F2P
December Battle Royale Weekly – Goodbye Islands of Nyne

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Thanks to Fortnite, Epic Games Apparently Had a $3 Billion Profit in 2018

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There’s no doubt that 2018 was the year of Fortnite. It absolutely took over both the games industry and the world. It’s certainly been a success story for developer Epic Games, and even that sounds like an understatement. In fact, Epic Games had a fantastic 2018, supposedly ending the year earning a staggering $3 billion in profit! (Remember, that’s profit, not revenue.)

Now, there hasn’t been any official word on Epic, which is a private company, on this number. This is based on various estimations from how much Fortnite has made on the numerous platforms it’s on. However, there is a chance that this number is ultimately off due to a number of factors. This number doesn’t appear to take into account the presumed spike in players Fortnite will get during the holiday season, thanks to the launch of Season 7 and release of the Fortnite Deep Freeze Bundle.

In addition, Fortnite hasn’t made a huge splash yet in China yet, which is a huge money-maker for most entertainment properties. There is still is the chance for Fortnite to really catch on in that country, and if it does, we could see Epic make even more.

As many of you already know, Fortnite is free to play. However, it features a variety of microtransactions, from the Battle Pass to numerous in-game cosmetics. The fact that Epic was able to make such a huge profit on a free-to-play game is a major accomplishment.  The success of Fortnite has led to more than the huge profit, however. Epic Games is now valued at around $15 billion, which is a huge increase from just a few months ago, where it was valued at around $8 billion.

Epic Games does have more than Fortnite to draw money from. It recently launched the Epic Games Store for PC users, where Epic takes only about 12 percent of revenue. And, of course, there’s Epic’s very own Unreal Engine, one of the most-used engines in the industry. Sadly, another one of Epic’s mainstays, Unreal Tournament, is currently on hold, ironically because of the success of Fortnite.

Epic certainly had a big year, from opening new studios to big acquisitions. Now, the question remains whether it can maintain this success going into 2019. Even if it doesn’t, there’s one thing for certain: Fortnite isn’t going away anytime soon.

[Source: TechCrunch]

Thanks to Fortnite, Epic Games Apparently Had a $3 Billion Profit in 2018