After a few months of smashing through gaming records unopposed, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds finally has a real rival: Fortnite: Battle Royale.
The co-op sandbox-survival game from Epic Games launched its standalone battle royale mode in September and, according to the latest numbers from SuperData, gained a higher monthly active user count than PUBG in the month of October.
There are a few factors that help push Fortnite: Battle Royale above PUBG, with perhaps the most important factor being that Fortnite is free-to-play. While the game does feature cosmetic microtransactions, there’s no entrance fee to begin playing. In contrast, to play PUBG, players must pay $30 up front.
This lets Fortnite reach a wider audience, but it does have a downside—according to SuperData, the game has made only “a fraction” of PUBG‘s revenue so far. In order for Fortnite to remain profitable, it faces the challenge of “converting its higher user base into spenders,” as opposed to collecting the money up front.
Both games will face big developments in December, with Fortnite presumably continuing to launch its cash shop and PUBG releasing on the Xbox One. The battle’s on, so we’ll have to wait and see which game emerges triumphant from the holiday season.