The Origin of Battle Royale Terms –

The Origin of Battle Royale Terms –


Battle Royale is a genre of games that are booming lately. Beginning with the popularity of the game PUBG (PlayerUnknown: Battleground) which was further expanded with the entry of Fortnite games: Battle Royale into the competition and managed to rise to the most popular game in 2018.

But do you know what exactly is called Battle Royale? What is the meaning of this word? And since when to use? So how broad is this word used before finally entering the gaming industry?

What does Battle Royale mean?

First of all we will start from the definition of Battle Royale itself. In words per word, Battle Royale consists of the words Battle and Royal or Royale.


Battle itself means fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting, and fighting. While Royal or Royale itself means King or royal family, luxurious, majestic or can also be used for the paper size 636 × 480 mm alias 63.6 x 48 cm.

Combined, Battle Royale means a magnificent battle, or a clash of clutter, or intense fighting.

The word "Royale" is used to emphasize a "Battle" aka Battle that is very, very unusually intense and chaotic.

In essence, Battle Royale means fighting each other until there is only one winner out among the opponents.

History of Battle Royale

The term Battle Royale itself was originally used to describe cockfighting activities (overseas yes, not in Indonesia), where there are many chickens pitted against each other at the same time.

The first use of the word on printed literature was in 1672 in James Howard's work entitled "All Mistaken, or the Mad Couple".

Then the use of the word which refers to the cockfighting activity was in 1872 by General Thomas Perronet Thompson in his letter entitled "Audi alteram partem".

The use of the term Battle Royale in the modern era

Game PUBG or Fortnite, and the latest is on top games like Battlefield V and Call of Duty, is not one of the first to use this Battle Royale genre.

A few years ago, zombie-survival multiplayer games like DayZ, H1Z1, and Rust have popularized the concept of Battle Royale where players will be randomly placed in vulnerable areas, and have to survive using whatever they get during the game.

But it is not the gaming industry that actually popularized the genre and the term Battle Royale, but the Pro Wrestling industry.

Pro Wrestling aka professional wrestling show (as you can see in WWF / WWE or WCW and not being competed in the Olympics), is one of the industries that was quite early in popularizing this term.

The basic concept is to pit a number of wrestlers who usually a lot, into the ring until it will come out 1 winner. This type of game is useful to provide more entertainment to the audience because of its rioting nature, and also because the winner of the Battle Royale game will certainly look very strong so it is good to promote new wrestlers.

(Note: everything in pro wrestling is engineering and the winner is predetermined, so this is not a real fight)

Increasingly popularized this term to the wider community instead of Pro Wrestling whose audiences are limited, but through Novel and Manga created by Koushun Takami and Masayuki Taguchi entitled "Battle Royale" which published his novel published in 1999, then his Manga was published in 2000 until 2005.

This novel and Manga tells the world of Japanese Dystopia, where in that world, once a year the Government of Japan will randomly pick a grade 3 junior level from one school to be placed on a remote island and each child is required to kill each other until one win .

Novels and Manga full of violent and sexual scenes proved quite popular among readers and eventually made two live action films of Battle Royale in 2000 and Battle Royale 2: Requiem in 2003.

If you think, "how does the story resemble the Hunger Games?" It is because the Novel trilogy of The Hunger Games, published in 2008, 2009 and 2010, did take on the same genre of Battle Royale genre.

Novel The Hunger Games itself finally made his Hollywood movie in 2012, 2013. 2014, and 2015 and is a film that introduced the world to the figure of Jennifer Lawrence who is considered successful role of the main character of the novel, Katniss Everdeen.

In the end, Battle Royale is not exclusively belonging to one party, but is regarded as a distinct genre that can be adapted by anyone to any work as long as it does not openly steal plots, character names, place names, titles, and so on.

Hopefully this short article can help you in knowing a little bit of the origin of what is called the Battle Royale.

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