The Most Popular Battle Royale Games Of 2023

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The battle royale subgenre in gaming has quickly risen to the top of popularity within video game culture thanks to its revolutionary look at multiplayer, its addicting gameplay, and its wide array of options that offer a little something for every gamer out there. From hellacious shooters to pulse-pounding action adventures to lighthearted mini-game-based competitions, the best battle royales of 2023 offer players a variety of options and reliable mechanics to test their might in order to survive every challenge they face and be the last person standing to claim their ultimate victory.

Legendary video games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds have been and are still widely considered to be the best of the best in the ever-growing subgenre thanks to their seemingly neverending stream of new content, characters, weapons, maps, and how fun they are to play. While new up-and-comers like Call of Duty: Warzone and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout slowly climbing up the ranks as consistently being some of the most beloved in the subgenre in recent years. With new contenders coming out seemingly every week and the staples always putting out new content, the title for best battle royale game is always up for grabs.

Vote up the most popular battle royale games of 2023 and be sure to check back as we update this list with the latest and greatest games to come out throughout 2023.

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  • Call of Duty: Warzone
    Photo: Infinity Ward

    +19m Twitch Followers

    One of the fastest-growing battle royales the subgenre has to offer, Call of Duty: Warzone took the gaming world by storm when it was released in 2020, and its foot has been firmly on the throttle ever since. With the massive mainstream appeal of Call of Duty attached to it, Warzone has managed to cross borders, becoming a staple in popular culture as a whole, with many constantly referencing “the Gulag” and characters in the series in everyday life. Warzone has the potential to be one of the biggest games of all time, and 2023 is poised to be its year.

    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: Infinity Ward
    • Genres (Video game): Battle royale, first-person shooter
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Apex Legends
    Photo: Apex Legends / Respawn Entertainment
    2
    32 votes

    +18m Twitch Followers

    Apex Legends continues to dominate the free-to-play market as the dazzling action packet shooter continues to give fans stunning new seasons that bring new characters, weapons, and maps to its ever-expanding roster. For both casual and competitive players, the game is a breathtaking breath of fresh air that is easy to pick up, difficult to master, and one of the most addicting experiences in gaming.

    • Released: 2019
    • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
    • Genres (Video game): Battle royale, First-person shooter
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0)
    Photo: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 / Activision

    +1.3M Twitch Followers

    A follow-up to the beloved and adored Call of Duty Warzone, the aptly titled Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0  has started off relatively slow in the world of battle royales, as many seem to simply want to play the original, rather than re-start an entirely new experience. The team over at Infinity Ward has already begun making enticing new modes, gear, and mods to make the game more appealing to fans of the franchise, and 2023 could finally be the year 2.0 surpasses Warzone.

    • Released: 2022
    • Developer: Infinity Ward
    • Genres (Video game): First-person, Shooter, Action, Multiplayer
    • Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Fortnite
    Photo: Fortnite / Epic Games
    4
    38 votes

    +86m Twitch Followers

    Firmly in its fourth chapter and 6th year of otherworldly popularity, Fortnite continues to be one of the most beloved, popular, played, and streamed games on Twitch and YouTube. Introduces a variety of new skins, maps, weapons, and collaborations with some of the most iconic characters across all walks of life, each new season of Fortnight further establishes itself as one of the kings of battle royales.

    • Released: 2017
    • Developer: Epic Games
    • Genres (Video game): Survival, battle royale, sandbox
    • Platform: Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
    Photo: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout / Mediatonic

    +7M Twitch Followers

    An incredibly fun, lighthearted, and joyous look at the battle royale subgenre, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is the perfect game for players to simply sit back, relax, and unwind as they play some of the goofiest and most addicting minigames the world has to offer. Every month Fall Guys continues to introduce new wacky maps, hilarious costumes, and incredibly fun game modes for players to tackle, making it a joy for those who want a more fun and relaxing gaming experience.

    • Released: 2020
    • Developer: Mediatonic
    • Genres (Video game): Battle royale, Multiplayer, Platform
    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
    Photo: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds / PUBG Studios

    +36m Twitch Followers

    The battle royale that started it all, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or as it is much more commonly referred, PUBG, has withstood the test of time and remains more popular than ever thanks to its intense gameplay, fast-paced format, and holistically fun experience. PUBG continues to show the world that you don't flashy collaboration-filled battle passes to be a good game, you simply need good old-fashioned high-stakes epic gameplay and friends who love the game.

    • Released: 2017
    • Developer: PUBG Corporation
    • Genres (Video game): Battle royale
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia