Take a take a look at the trending tab for YouTube’s gaming part, and also you’re met with an terrible lot of Fortnite movies. While that’s partly to do with the large success of Epic’s battle royale, it’s additionally indicative of a wider pattern which is seeing the business’s largest stars enjoying fewer and fewer games.
YouTubers are nonetheless posting the identical variety of movies, however in line with analytics agency Fancensus (by way of gamesindustry.biz) the variety of games that characteristic in these movies has shrunk dramatically. In 2016, the variety of distinctive titles lined by the highest ten influencers on YouTube sat at 383. That quantity dropped a bit in 2017, right down to 326, however by the top of 2018, the location’s ten largest gaming stars lined simply 28 games between them.
Loads of that’s right down to Fortnite, which accounted for 94% of views for YouTube’s high ten. Its prevalence is such that in all of 2018 eight out of these ten influencers revealed a mixed complete of simply 87 movies that weren’t associated to Fortnite.
Outside of the highest ten, issues are a bit extra numerous. Fortnite’s share of the views dropped to 61%, however 43 of the highest 100 stars nonetheless revealed extra on Fortnite than they did on every other title. Fancensus doesn’t reveal which different games characteristic, however I’d be prepared to be that FIFA, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and The Sims Four are all up there.
Even if the present pattern continues, I count on we’re prone to see not less than one new game on the record in 2019. The launch of Respawn’s battle royale noticed the Apex Legends player count rise to greater than 50 million in a single month, and given its influencer-fuelled launch, which has seen the likes of Ninja and Dr. DisRespect heading to King’s Canyon, I count on there are few different games that might problem Fortnite’s success.