Battle royale. It's currently the hottest video game genre, having exploded in popularity and revenue since PlayerUknown's Battlegrounds 2017 debut. According to to analyst firm SuperData Research, the three top-grossing battle royale games raked in close to $4 billion in digital revenue last year. Even if you aren't a genre fan, you can't dismiss those type of Scrooge McDuck bucks.
Battle royal games haven't just dominated the sales charts; they've made last-man-standing gameplay incredibly popular again, so much so that its elements have spilled over into non-battle royal games. Tetris 99, a "free-to-play" game that's only available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, is a prime example of that. That said, it's not quite a battle royale game.
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If you aren't hip to the gaming category, but have somehow stumbled across this article, you've probably asked "what is a battle royale game?" Simply put, a battle royale game is a title that combines the aforementioned last-man-standing shooter gameplay with weapon gathering and a shrinking playfield that drives player characters ever closer together and eliminates those who find themselves on the wrong side of it.