It’s no secret that Epic Game’s Fortnite is one of the single most popular video games on the planet right now. So much so, in fact, that its success has not gone unnoticed by gaming goliath Activision, publisher of the storied first-person shooter series Call of Duty.

During an earning’s call, Activision management stated that the wildly-popular free-to-play title, as well as other Battle Royale-themed games (such as PUBG), has been taking away from Activision’s titles in the short-term.

In a Q&A session, Activision once again admitted that they “have seen some near-term impact from Battle Royale.”

Activision did not state exactly how much Fortnite was affecting them, nor did they state which specific titles of there were being affected. However, the fact that they actually acknowledged this at all seems to suggest that it has certainly been a noticeable amount.

However, during the call, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick also took the time to praise Fortnite for helping video game gain more mainstream traction. The company’s president, Coddy Johnson, chimed in as well, stating that Fornite‘s battle royale mode is “contributing to innovation within the industry.”

Kotic also had the following to add:

“When we see people innovate in an interesting and impactful way, we are very quick to figure out how to capture inspiration from innovation. When we see things that appeal to our audiences, we are very good at being inspired by those.”

This comment could be taken as giving merit to the rumors that Activision and Treyarch would be abandoning the single-player campaign in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in favor of a battle royale mode. However, those rumors still mostly remain unsubstantiated at the moment and Activision plans to formally unveil the game later this month.


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Noah Dominguez
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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.