Sections

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sees 34m hours of Twitch viewership during launch week

Gamoloco: Battle royale mode drove 270% increase over WWII's launch

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 saw a strong opening, with record launch-day digital sales for an Activision title as it also became the fastest-selling digital game in PlayStation history. But people weren't just playing Black Ops 4 during its first week - many were also watching it.

Livestream viewership data platform Gamoloco tweeted today that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 saw 34 million hours of Twitch viewership during its first seven days after release. That marks a more than 270% increase in viewership from its predecessors.

Call of Duty: WWII, launched in 2015, saw 9 million hours watched during the same period after launch - about even with Black Ops III two years earlier. Modern Warfare, sandwiched between the two, was much lower at only 4 million hours.

Gamoloco attributes this to a number of factors in follow-up tweets, but says the presence of the game's battle royale mode was "the only true notable difference" between Black Ops 4 and previous entries, noting that the top Twitch channels streaming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 last month were all prominent players of battle royale games, such as Shroud, DrDisrespect, and Ninja.

Related stories

Activision Blizzard shares drop a further 11 per cent

Weaker-than-expected results and dips in engagement worry shareholders

By James Batchelor

The many merchandising methods of Activision

The publisher's Philippe Bost discusses how game brands from Overwatch to Crash Bandicoot are shaking up the licensing industry

By James Batchelor

Latest comments

There are no comments on this article yet. Why not be the first to post one?

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.