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H1Z1's Player Base Has Declined by 91% Since PUBG and Fortnite Took Over

The Former King of the Battle Royale Genre Continues its Fall from the Throne

February 20, 2018 by

Towards the end of last year, things looked grim for H1Z1 after a Humble Bundle sale and free weekend on Steam both weren’t enough to keep the game’s player base from declining.

Back then, the former self-proclaimed “King” of the battle royale genre had already lost a shocking 78% of its players. And with such a large exodus of players in the span of just four months, it didn’t seem like anything was going to be able to bring players back.

Now, just two months later, H1Z1 has continued its downfall, losing 91% of its players since peaking back in July 2017.

H1Z1‘s Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp

During its best months, H1Z1: King of the Kill was holding strong as the #3 most played game on Steam with an all-time peak of 150k players and average of 86k players per hour. Today, you’ll find it struggling to crack the top 50 with less than 10k concurrent players most days and a peak of only 14k players so far this month.

This February marks the second year that H1Z1‘s battle royale mode has been in Early Access on Steam. Feedback from what’s left of the community on Steam and Reddit is usually mixed with players blaming the dev’s poor support for the game’s decline. While most players have simply moved on to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, and other games.

Before the success of H1Z1’s battle royale mode, it was competing with DayZ for players. DayZ never saw its player base spike up while focusing on the zombie survival aspect in Early Access… and at this point, with Daybreak not able to do anything to turn H1Z1 around since our last report, it looks like they’ll be back to going head-to-head with DayZ soon.