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The Battle Royale genre took a massive surge into the mainstream over the past year, and burst its way onto the eSports scene seemingly like no other that has been seen in quite a while now. The ongoing debate of who reigns supreme over said genre, hotly contested by both Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, still dominates headlines today, though each title has made their own significant impact on the competitive gaming stage.
With Fortnite boasting 125 million players worldwide, and PUBG introducing its own Global Invitational event this year (with a $2 million prize pool no less), either could be argued to be top of the pile when it comes to the eSports side of things. Shifting focus from these two however, there could be a big hitter looking to make their own mark on the competitive aspect of the thriving BR phenomenon.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 recently showcased their adaptation of Battle Royale, with the closed beta testing of the Blackout mode receiving largely positive feedback from testers and streamers alike. So much so, it looks set to give the big two something to be curious, if not worried about.
The feedback received from players often points to Blackout being a more polished and tuned-up version of Bluehole’s PUBG, and although comparisons are more likely to be made between the former and the likes of Battlefield V’s BR mode, the premise of the objective remains the same, even for a title as big as Fortnite.
Call of Duty has already been a staple in competitive gaming for some time, and shifting focus into the Battle Royale genre could be a massively positive move for the franchise. Will it be as much of a globally sweeping entity as Fortnite has been? Probably not. But CoD has been a powerhouse in the FPS game for a long time now, and there is no reason not to believe they can make a similar impact in BR eSports too.