PS4 “Wins” E3 In Terms of Media Coverage, Fortnite and Fallout 76 Most Talked-About Games
With the frenzy of E3 2018 behind us, it’s time to take a deep breath, brush ourselves off…and start arguing about who “won” the show. You could argue Microsoft put on the most impressive, mind-changing performance this year, but, in terms of pure numbers, Sony walked away with the W. The analysts at ICO Partners kept track all the articles written about this year’s E3, and more of them mentioned PlayStation (16,226 of them to be exact) than Microsoft (15,416) or Nintendo (10,114).
Overall it was a down year for E3 coverage – there were only 25,900 articles written during E3 week, down from 27,398 in 2017 and 28, 883 in 2016. This can likely be attributed to a lack of new hardware announcements. Looking at the 5-year trend, both Sony and Microsoft had down years. Only Nintendo gained any momentum, and it was a mere sliver – 41 more articles were written about Nintendo in 2018 than in 2017.
On the software front, the Fortnite hype train kept right on rolling – even without E3, thousands of stories would have been written about the battle royale phenomenon. Meanwhile, Fallout 76 and Cyberpunk 2077 took the first and second runner-up spots. Surprisingly, Sony exclusives The Last of Us Part II and Death Stranding didn’t do quite as well as one might’ve expected.
Finally, looking at the major third-party publishers, it seems EA came out on top, although Bethesda did well for themselves thanks to Fallout 76. Ubisoft had to settle for third place, but they were right on Bethesda’s heels.
What are your thoughts on E3 2018? Which big console maker do you think “won” the show? What games really grabbed caught your attention?
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