Battle royale games are now locked in a battle royale themselves. The fight for supremacy rages on between two of gaming’s darling children — Bluehole’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Epic Games’ Fortnite.
Eve since the original Fortnite released their own battle royale mode, the two giants have been trading salvos against each other. However, according to a report from games analyst SuperData Research, Fortnite has finally overtaken PUBG on the monthly sales column.
For February 2018, Fortnite outsold PUBG by US$ 126 million versus PUBG’s paltry US$ 103 million in sales.
Strangely enough, Fortnite is a free-to-play game, earning only through cosmetic purchases like costumes and emotes. On the other hand, PUBG requires a one-time US$ 30 purchase on Steam.
Of the two, Fortnite is the goofier game with cartoonist graphics, the lack of gore, and an abundance of quirky character skins and emotes. It is easier to learn for starters and appeals more to young players.
Fortnite built its offering with a flurry of features to outpace the seriousness of its rival. Besides better skins, it has a building mode, which allows players to build (and destroy) walls and structures in-game. Additionally, it supports multiple consoles including PS4, Xbox One, PC, and a limited mobile release. It also hopes to add a 50-versus-50 timed game mode in the future.
Meanwhile, PUBG is the grittier and more realistic game, offering a bleak version on the free-for-all genre. It is focused more for PC, despite a release on Xbox. They have only recently added an official mobile version on Android. Its no-frills approach appeals more to battle royale purists. Sadly, despite a year on the market, bots and cheaters still plague the game.
Whichever way you swing, the battle royale genre will heat up in 2018. Even before the two giants, the genre already enjoyed hard hitters like H1Z1 and The Culling. With only two left, it looks like a heady duel with chicken dinner on the line.
Nintendo and Sony are in a heated battle during lockdown
Study also reveals which consoles were the most searched as lockdowns continue in SEA
It’s been roughly two and a half months since Southeast Asian countries have gone on lockdown due to COVID-19. As people were kept off the streets, video game companies found a way to reach these audiences through their consoles and game libraries. We watched as people spent most of their days learning new skills, staying healthy, and playing video games.
Little did we know, video game companies maximized this opportunity to sell more consoles, as well. A study by the iPrice Group revealed interesting data about the mini-console war that’s currently happening in Southeast Asia (SEA). In most countries, the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 are leading the charge towards greater heights.
It made perfect sense that Nintendo’s handheld console is seeing its staggering sales increase during this period. Searches on online shopping platforms related to the Nintendo Switch skyrocketed by 245% within SEA alone, thanks in part to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons back in March.
Apart from that, the Nintendo Switch dominates 5 out of 7 markets in SEA in terms of search volume. This, of course takes into account searches and purchases from people between mid-March to mid-April.
For most markets, the big 3 of gaming consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation4, and Xbox One) dominated the charts. Apart from the Switch, the PlayStation 4 saw significant increase in interest between mid-March and mid-April by 135%.
The releases of the remastered versions of Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy VII contributed heavily to that increase. Surprisingly, in three countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines), the PlayStation 3 makes an appearances as a widely-searched console.
Looks like people really love their video games! If you want to know more about this trend, you can find the full report here.
Razer announces inaugural SEA Invitational 2020
Brought about by esports’ successful stint in the 2019 SEA Games
Esports is seeing a steady rise in viewership as the COVID-19 pandemic kept everyone indoors. Gaming companies started rolling out their own versions of esports tournaments open to all players, whether amateur or professional. And after its successful stint in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Razer wants to take esports to even greater heights.
As such, the company announced its inaugural Southeast Asia Invitational 2020, an esports tournament for the best of the best. The tournament organizers hope to gather the best esports athletes across Southeast Asia to prepare them for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam. It will feature a unique tournament format, and will kick festivities off on June 22, 2020.
The invitational will feature three popular esports titles, two of which were in the 2019 SEA Games lineup. Expect intense and hotly contested action as players take the field in games like PUBG Mobile, DOTA 2, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. All of these will be available for streaming on Team Razer’s social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.
This tournament is also in partnership with Tier One Entertainment, supported by esports federations across the region. Those who wish to participate in the invitational should talk to their respective federations.
New PS4 bundles, discounts on Days of Play 2020
Promo period is from June 3 to 16
Sony PlayStation’s annual promo is back! Days of Play 2020 is here and it’s one of your best chances to snag a PlayStation 4 along with some fantastic titles from recent years.
From June 3, 2020 until June 16, 2020, customers can purchase the following hardware deals from PlayStation Authorized Dealers:
PS4 Slim (Model: CUH-2218AB01, 500GB HDD), comes with NBA2K20 and Gran Turismo Sport at promotional price of PHP 14,990 — SRP: PhP 19,990
PS4 MEGAPACK (Model: CUH-2218BB01, 1TB HDD) at promotional price of PhP 13,990 — SRP: PhP 17,990
PS4 Pro God Of War™ / The Last Of Us™ Remastered (Model: CUH-7218BB01, 1TB HDD) Bundle at promotional price of PHP 18,990 — SRP: PhP 24,990
PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller at promotional price of PHP 1,990* — SRP: PhP 2,990)
A bunch of games are also discounted for the duration of the promo!
PS4 Software Title
Promotional Price (PhP)
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||2,299|
|Death Stranding Standard Edition||2,095|
|Nioh 2 Standard Edition||2,095|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Standard Edition||1,955|
|Dreams Universe Standard Edition||1,495|
|Days Gone Standard Edition||1,495|
|God Of War™ HITS||765|
|The Last Of Us™ Remastered HITS||765|
|Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End™ HITS||765|
|Ratchet & Clank™ HITS||765|
For more information visit this official Days of Play 2020 website.
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