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Apple and Google Fortnite ban didn't cause PUBG player count to surge

Published: 01:52, 24 September 2020
Updated: 01:57, 24 September 2020
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PUBG Mobile was seemingly the prime target for iOS and Android players who used to play Fortnite but this didn't turn out to be the case since the game didn't see any major growth last month.

PUBG Corp are having a hectic few months between the hopes for returning to being on top of the battle royale world and getting banned in India. The main indicator for the former becoming reality was the ongoing battle between Epic Games and Apple which resulted in the latter banning Fortnite from the App Store, leaving many battle royale fans displaced.

It appears, however, that they found other games to play that are not PUBG Mobile since SuperData's latest report indicates that the game saw no significant change in August 2020 when it comes to revenue or player numbers. In other words - Fortnite players did not migrate to PUBG Mobile.

Android players already have an alternative way to play Fortnite on their devices since the platform is not as closed as Apple's iOS devices, which require their apps to be downloaded from the App Store. As for iOS users, there are two possibilities - they either found a different game to occupy most of their gaming time or some of them switched to Android and kept playing Fortnite by downloading it directly from Epic Games.

Either way, Epic Games' losses from being banned on the Play Store and App Store were significant since the game's mobile revenue went down by 62 per cent as a result. This was offset by the 76 per cent month-over-month revenue on PC and consoles, mostly thanks to new cosmetic content that featured Marvel Comics crossovers.

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Meanwhile, PUBG Mobile was 8th highest earning mobile title in August 2020. It is highly possible the game will fall out of the top 10 on this ladder in September of the same year as it was banned from India earlier in the month . The country made up one of the largest PUBG Mobile markets and it is to be expected that both player count and revenue will suffer major drops.

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