Monday, November 16, 2015

Fallout 4 Nearly Broke the Internet of Porn?

When I saw this cross my Facebook feed a few days ago, I did a lot of digging to confirm that the story was true before I considered posting it. And apparently, it is.

Pornography internet kingpin PornHub saw a 10% decrease in their web traffic the day Fallout 4 was released. I'd link the stats, but there's a good chance I'd be in major trouble at work. View at your own discretion via this Forbes article.

Now some of you may think that the connection is pretty vague. Maybe other events were going on Tuesday that kept people away from PornHub.

Few reasons on why this is an interesting, and yet amusing story. PornHub's web numbers can be measured in the millions. So when there's a dip in traffic, it's very noticeable. Over the past few years they have been monitoring their stats, handing out surveys to their customers, and have a good idea on the peak "gaming" hours when sit traffic is a bit lower then normal. On a normal day, it's not noticeable. On Fallout 4 day, it was 10%. And the biggest hits in the site's traffic were during peak "gaming" hours.

Something else to note is the Fallout 4 leak a few months back. Remember some of those YouTube videos of the game that Bethseda had removed? There was a video on PornHub that they didn't pursue. Why, I'm not sure. But the website was able to maintain steady traffic for gamers and non-gamers alike due to the leak, and potentially helped boost Fallout 4 sales. Thus! More people were playing it and not on PornHub.

It's still funny to think about. Fallout 4 affected a porn site for one day.

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