PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has eclipsed both League of Legends and Overwatch in Twitch viewership. It currently has more more concurrent viewers than both games combined. So what has led to this phenomenon? Here is our takeaway:
#1. The Barrier To entry Is Considerably Lower.
A large amount of game knowledge is required to watch League of Legends and Overwatch. Viewers need to understand each individual hero/champion and their abilities in order to get what is happening on screen and get invested in the action.
To people who don’t know enough about the LoL or Overwatch, they will not be able to enjoy watching it because they don’t understand how the abilities interact together. PUBG however is simple and intuitive to watch. The gameplay and mechanics are very simple to understand but hard to master – which allows for player skill to come into effect but makes for a good viewing experience even for those who don’t play the game.
This also makes clips of PUBG games very shareable, as the content within is easy to digest and fun to watch, as compared with a great play from Overwatch where those who don’t play the game might not get what is going on.
Here’s an example:
Cool plays like this are easy and fun to watch and get excited about.
#2. PUBG Is A Great Spectator Sport
Overwatch and League of Legends can sometimes get a little bit too messy to watch, especially when a lot is happening on the screen. PUBG is simple – every game is a brand new story, about a guy trying to survive in a harsh cruel world against 99 other players. The game’s Spectator Mode also doesn’t ruin the viewing experience, something that can’t be said about Overwatch.
#3. PUBG Is Just Great Fun, Gameplay-Wise!
This point is more subjective, but PUBG is just a great game to chill out and have fun too, since there are no ranked queues and competitive mode to be worried about. Just get into a game and duke it out with other people; it doesn’t matter if you die, just start a new game!
Sure there are skill ratings and all, but no one really cares about those. Sometimes there may be moments of hilarity like these (more like every time):
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