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World War Z viewership sinks 80 per cent just 2 days after launch

Published: 15:57, 19 April 2019
Focus Home Interactive
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Just two days after Epic Games Store boasted about World War Z's successful launch numbers, the Twitch viewer counts have dropped by a staggering 80 per cent, peaking at only 26k viewers. The game also dropped out of TOP 30 games on Twitch.

Saber Interactive's zombie co-op shooter officially launched two days ago, and shortly after the release, Epic Games showed off the impressive Twitch view counts which put World War Z on the third place of Twitch's most-watched games, just behind League of Legends and Fortnite.

According to GitHyp, at the time of Epic Games' tweet, World War Z had peaked with 133k concurrent viewers on Twitch, however, just two days after the initial success, the game's viewer counts have dropped by a staggering 80 per cent down to a peak of only 26k viewers.

This means that World War Z is nowhere to be found in Twitch's TOP 30 most viewed games. At the time of writing, the zombie shooter sits at spot number 35, with less than 5k people watching the game right now. A massive drop, almost to irrelevance in just 48 hours.

GitHyp also claim that the developer Saber Interactive paid some of Twitch's top streamers to play World War Z on the second day after the launch to keep the numbers from declining so fast. If this indeed is the case, World War Z would be in an even worse situation than now, probably dropping out of the TOP 50 list.

Despite the staggering decline, many streamers praised the game for being fun and well optimised but questioned its lasting power and if they'll continue to play it weeks or months after the release.

As you may know, World War Z is an Epic Games Store exclusive and it's available for $34.99. Recently, Matthew Karch, CEO of Saber Interactive defended Epic's exclusivity policy, claiming that getting people onto your platform is not something that can be done easily and that in order to do that, you have to turn to exclusives.

He also said that Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney is the most developer-friendly individual in the entire video game industry, but it will be interesting to see for how long the exclusivity deal will live with such a decline in Twitch viewership.

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Thanks, GitHyp.

World War Z is a coop zombie shooter by Focus Home Interactive

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