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Call of Duty is beating Battlefield on YouTube and Twitch for the first time in years

by Bill Cooney

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Battlefield and Call of Duty are two of the most popular first person shooter franchises out there. Naturally, there’s going to be some competition between the two.

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In terms of YouTube and Twitch viewership and interaction, Battlefield has had the edge, but it looks like Black Ops 4 is ready to put CoD back in the driver’s seat.

According to GitHyp.com, Battlefield V’s reveal on YouTube, which had 12 million views, was far less popular than CoD: WW2’s reveal last year, which had over 23 million viewers.

Now let’s look at the numbers for CoD’s newest installment, Black Ops 4 and compare the two. Posted around the same time as Battlefield V’s multiplayer reveal, the BO4 multiplayer reveal video has about the same number of viewers, but a much higher rate of upvotes.

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Battlefield V’s reveal video from May has around 336k upvotes as compared to 477k downvotes. The BO4 numbers are much more positive, with 377k upvotes and 223k downvotes on its reveal video from around the same time.

GitHyp also reports that CoD has taken the lead on Twitch. Black Ops 4’s private beta has shown off the new Blackout Battle Royale mode and it’s been well received by streamers and the community alike. 

Blackout has pumped up CoD’s Twitch numbers to a peak of 367k viewers, far more than the peak of 141k for CoD WW2 last year.

Source: GitHyp

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Battlefield, on the other hand, has only seen it’s Twitch viewership go down from the peak of 150k viewers in May for the BF V reveal. Compare that to the 354k who watched BF1’s reveal in 2016 and we start to see a definite pattern.

A Battlefield V beta that many in the community were not impressed by and the extreme popularity of BO4’s Blackout mode on Twitch and YouTube could lead to CoD being king of the FPS hill once again.