The Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode “Blackout” debuted last week on PS4 and followed up over the weekend with an open beta for Xbox One and PC.
The response has been loud and clear: COD as a Battle Royale works. I even agree!
You gotta love those awkward moments after you win a #BattleRoyale match and have no idea what to do with your time alone. #CallOfDuty #BlackoutBeta #BlackOps4Blackout #pubg #fortnite @Xbox @CallofDuty pic.twitter.com/T4wGwh9aw9
— Cynn Smith (@Cynnthetic) September 16, 2018
No one tuned in to see me though. Activision flexed some of their marketing muscle getting the likes of Dr. Disrespect, Shroud and Ninja to stream all weekend. These powerhouse personalities helped the game peak at 500,000 concurrent viewers. That’s 176,000 viewers more than the Call of Duty World Finals held in August.
This may not be a marketing budget powered short term win either. Most of the major streamers have shown excitement for the full game release with Ninja in particular saying he’s going to support the game a good bit taking some of his valuable Fortnite time away.
The beta has now closed with Treyarch taking away a list of user suggested changes and fixes that will be put in place before the game’s October 12th release date.