It appears that there is a migration happening now with several “Overwatch” PC players. Almost 25 percent of these players also played Bluehole’s first-person shooter game. Interestingly, according to the data from an intelligence firm, these players are returning to “PlayerUnknown’s Battleground” and dropping Blizzard’s first-person shooter title.

Latest data

Newzoo, a leading market intelligence covering the global games, esports, and mobile markets recently shared the interesting data monitored by their PC Game Tracker. This monitors popular and growing PC games, as well as tracks their publishers’ performance among others.

According to the latest data that they have collected, “Overwatch” tops the list for games with high crossover rates. Blizzard’s first-person shooter game got 24.6 percent of its players playing the game and “PUBG” at the same time. “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranked second with 20.7 percent share.

These data were collected by Newzoo from players who use the Overwolf app on PC. This is an overlay that is being used by 12 million players across the globe in order to infuse apps to games like “Counter-Strike,” and “Minecraft” among others. Hardcore gamers use this app so the data would align to their gaming behavior rather than to more casual PC gamers.

Players’ churning

Apart from cross-over, the latest data also revealed a high level of churn. In gaming lingo, Churn or Churning happens every time a player leaves a game after at least a couple of months of actively logging into the game.

The data reveals that Blizzard’s popular first-person shooter title got the highest churn among PC games. According to a report from Newzoo, out of the players that stopped playing Blizzard's FPS in July, 25.2 percent were playing “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.” The churning rate is even higher in Japan as 54.7 percent of players played “PUBG.”

Streamers and YouTubers

It appears that the latest data from Newzoo coincides with the sentiments of several game streamers [VIDEO], YouTubers, and content makers. On their own social media accounts, big names in game streaming have shared their frustration about Blizzard’s popular first-person shooter game. Interestingly, they were also giving positive remarks on Bluehole’s first-person shooter game, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.”

Hardcore “Overwatch” player Kephril, known for his skills in playing Widowmaker shared his frustrations over the game and plans on playing more “PUBG.” Stylosa and Force Gaming also share the same frustrations towards the game. Among other things, players can always withstand the bugs or glitches in the game. However, what drives most of them crazy is the level of toxicity that has plagued the community.