A cowboy on a horse looks at a mountain in the distance.

More People Ditched Work to Play RDR2 Than Expected

BY CHIRAZ ENNACEUR: Red Dead Redemption 2 was released yesterday and it seems to have exceeded expectations, even those of Rockstar. However, what is really interesting is the number of people that have been calling in sick. Worry not it, isn’t an epidemic but rather a craze to play this much-anticipated game.

This is not a wild guess, rather it’s a claim made by the social analytics firm Fizziology. According to the firm, quite a lot of people have called in sick to ditched work on the day Red Dead Redemption 2 rolled out.  All this so that they could put on those cowboys boots, leather jackets and immerse themselves in the Western world.

The firm claims to have analyzed more than 800,000 tweets regarding Red Dead Redemption 2 and came to a consensus that about 1.5 times more people have taken the day off compared to the number of people for Call of Duty Black Ops 4.  Given the hype surrounding the addition of Battle Royale in Black Ops 4, that is some feat.  What is even more impressive is that Red Dead Redemption 2 was able to surpass both PS4 exclusives God of War and Spider-Man three times over, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12 times over.

Even taking away people taking days off to play the game, RDR2 is generating a ton of interest on Twitter.  According to Fizziology, RDR2 mentions average to about 14,000 per hour.

With all that said, did you take a day off to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on release?  And, what are your thoughts about this western themed game? Let us know in the comments below.