A Profile of the Battle Royale Player and How They Compare to Other Gamers

Battle Royale Players Are More Engaged Than Their Peers

There are some key differences between battle royale (BR) players and their peers, or those who play other core competitive games (CG). These titles include Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Overwatch, Rocket League, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, World of Tanks, Dota 2, and/or League of Legends.

“Battle royale players are more engaged gamers, spending larger amounts of time gaming on both console and PC”

BR players are also more willing to invest in gaming, with 88% of them spending money versus 75% of CG players. They are also more likely to identify as core gamers than other competitive players, with 45% vs 31%, respectively, agreeing to the following statement: Gaming is an important part of my life and I spend a large amount of my spare time gaming. I enjoy immersive action-packed games the most and like to play online against or with others.

More Than 80% of Battle Royale Players Watch Live Streams of Game Content

The frequency of watching esports differs considerably between BR and CG players with 28% versus 19% watching esports several times a month, respectively. BR players are also much more likely to watch general live-streamed video game content, with 81% doing so in comparison to 67% of CG players. This is also reflected in the greater share of BR players who are subscribed to two or more video gaming channels and/or esports broadcasters.

Fortnite Appeals to a Young and Casual Audience, PUBG to Core Gamers

Zooming in on battle royale players only, we see a big overlap between the two franchises, with 40% playing both titles. A slightly higher percentage of players plays Fortnite exclusively (35%) compared to PUBG (25%), likely due to the fact that Fortnite is free to pick up and try for everyone.

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