Even though its coming was long-awaited by the fanbase, it seems that Borderlands 3 has already worn out its welcome with the streaming community. Borderlands 3 Twitch viewership has apparently dropped by 93% in the first two weeks since its release, even though it had a great launch week with over 205,000 viewers.
Despite the hype of its release, which came five years after the “Pre-Sequel” standalone expansion and seven years after Borderlands 2, Borderlands 3 rapidly lost favor with many gamers, mostly because of pre-release decisions announced at the same time as the game.
To start off with, Gearbox gave Borderlands 3 a timed exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store, which has a substantial hatedom among the gaming community due to making various games exclusive to its platform, including long-awaited games like Shenmue 3 and Metro Exodus, both of which had previously been available for pre-order on Steam.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the game is already on its way out. While Borderlands 3 Twitch viewership has dropped from 205,000 concurrent viewers to just around 8,600, we don’t know exactly how many people are currently playing it. While Gearbox and Pitchford have claimed player numbers are around 150,000 to 200,000 on the Epic Store.
Considering the game is only a timed exclusive, and will be reaching Steam in April of next year, Borderlands 3 likely still has a lot of life ahead of it, even if it’s played more often on console than it is on PC.
So, even if Borderlands 3 Twitch viewership is down, that may be more related to more people wanting to avoid spoilers for a long-awaited game than anything related to the game’s quality. You can currently pick up and play Borderlands 3 for yourself on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, if you’re willing to brave the Epic Games Store. Otherwise, you can wait for the game to come out on Steam.