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PUBG is getting mountain bikesNov 24, 2021 - PCGamesNKrafton is adding mountain bikes to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, so you'll soon be able to pop a wheelie while others are duking it out to be the last one standing. Mountain bikes are arriving in update 15.1, which is on the test server at the time of writing, alongside an improved Sanhok map and various weapon tweaks. You'll stumble across folded up mountain bikes around any one of PUBG's maps. You can hit a sprint to gather momentum before jumping to put your BMX skills to the test. Don't worry, the option to wheelie is also there - hold sprint and tap the jump button, and you'll be bunny hopping to your heart's content. Well, once you've learnt some balance. PUBG's mountain bikes are also immortal, it turns out. They have an infinite amount of health points, so players can't destroy them. They're also dead quiet, so they have a few advantages over your average vehicle. Mountain bikes aren't just a solo adventure, though, as you can take one passenger with you while you bunny hop to victory. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Because PUBG wasn't weird enough in 2021, it now has Baby Shark The PUBG devs are teasing a Halloween-style Fantasy Battle Royale PUBG update 14.1 brings a Halloween makeover to the battle royale game PC Patch Notes - Update 15.1Nov 23, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsUpdates for Live Server To be updated after the Live server maintenance. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5b76eeb429801076344611d7b93101c464b9ea27.jpg 15.1 Highlights Starting from this update, our Patch Reports will now be released with the Live server update instead of the Test server update. When shooting our amazing Patch Report videos a stable game build is required - however, the build we need becomes complete around the time when the Live server gets updated. Due to this hectic process, our creators inevitably undergo crunch mode. Therefore, we decided it would be best for both ourselves and our players to extend our working days and provide a better Patch Report by releasing it on a later date. We appreciate your understanding. ※ Please keep in mind that the features and updates we provide below may be modified or even possibly removed due to reasons such as bugs, in-game issues, and/or community feedback. We will update our players if such changes occur. Map Service Update We announced the long-term Map Service Plan to our players not so long ago, but after reviewing our players' feedback, we realized our plan was not something our players looked forward to. Therefore, after thorough internal debates based on our community's feedback, we have decided it would be best to change the map rotation service for Season 15 to the following: Normal Match Erangel / Miramar / Sanhok / Taego / Vikendi Ranked Erangel / Miramar / Taego Taego will remain in the map rotation for Season 15 due to two reasons: first, our players' feedback, and second, our data showing us that Taego maintains its status as a very popular map. With these being the case, including Haven to the rotation would eventually cause stability issues as we'd have to adapt the map selection UI for regions with map selection without thorough testing. As for regions without map selection, players could feel frustrated having to play several matches before reaching the map they'd like. Please note that our map service plan for Season 16 and later are still being discussed, but a separate announcement will be made to our players once decisions are made. New Vehicle: Mountain Bike {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/753b90027c0e1c4431bea4990b49938f786876a4.jpg Attention all triathletes! The Mountain Bike, a fan-requested vehicle is coming to the Battlegrounds. Unlike our other vehicles, the Mountain Bike can be found as a lootable item in its folded state. It can be located most often on the outskirts of the map, helping you have additional transportation methods. Due to the lack of an engine, it hardly makes any noise, allowing for stealthy movement. Combined with Driver shooting, this can lead to some great surprises for your enemies. Specifications Maps: All maps in normal matches Spawned in a folded form. Unfold it into a rideable vehicle or store them in inventory. Folds back into an item when stored back into the inventory. Due to the absence of a speedometer, the current traveling speed is not d...Black Friday Surprise EventNov 21, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/8f9b31754c4f3f81601a0c3bbfd243b3ba1d11df.png Hello Survivors! Were you just thinking, "What am I gonna play tonight? I've gone through my entire library but I still can't find the ONE." Well, look no further! Today's another good day to play PUBG: Battlegrounds. The Black Friday Event is on FIRE! To keep the flame burning we are proud to be back with a Black Friday Surprise Event! So jump in, hold tight and collect all the goodies! Leggo! 1 BP Event Details Check out all the cool things that you can get for just a single BP! We have more than enough ready for you all. Login to the game every day during the six days of the event to collect all of them. You can open WSUS 7 times by logging in all six days and collecting Contraband Coupons. On the weekends, we have prepared a little more, don't miss them out. Each product can only be purchased once per day per account.Rewards You can purchase the following rewards for just 1 BP. New items are displayed everyday at: PC(Steam and Kakao): PST: 6 PM CET: 3 AM KST: 11 AM Console(Xbox, PlayStation, Stadia): PST: 8 PM CET: 5 AM KST: 1 PM Rewards List November 24 Contraband Coupon x10 November 25 Contraband Coupon x10 November 26 Contraband Coupon x10 Nickel G-Coin Random box November 27 Contraband Coupon x10 RIP YOU Spray Fully Boosted shirts November 28 Contraband Coupon x25 Nickel G-Coin Random box November 29 Contraband Coupon x10 Event Schedule PC    PST: November 23 2021, 6 PM - November 28 2021, 6 PM CET: November 24 2021, 3 AM - November 29 2021, 3 AM KST: November 24 2021, 11 AM - November 29 2021, 11 AM Console PST: November 23 2021, 8 PM - November 28 2021, 8 PM CET: November 24 2021, 5 AM - November 29 2021, 5 AM KST: November 24 2021, 1 PM - November 29 2021, 1 PM See you on the Battlegrounds. PUBG: Battlegrounds Team PGC 2021 Broadcasting Channels and TalentNov 20, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/8f5307f3d8c646296cfbc2f9f0d86396271f6a79.jpg Hello, PUBG Esports fans! The PUBG Global Championship 2021 is only a day away! As always, PGC 2021 will be provided with English broadcasts with the best PUBG Esports talent and casters. Multiple other languages will be also provided for all PUBG esports fans around the globe. PGC 2021 Broadcast Schedule {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/3485d87fa096ad4e7e8fb5c70bb351e37cc6de7d.jpg Rank Decision / BOTTOM 16 Rank Decision Friday Group A&B On Air : 12:40PM KST / 4:40AM CET / 7:40PM PST Match Start : 1:00PM KST / 5:00AM CET / 8:00PM PST Group C&D On Air : 6:45PM KST / 10:45AM CET / 1:45AM PST Match Start : 7PM KST / 11:00AM CET / 2:00AM PST Saturday/Sunday Group B&D / A&D On Air : 12:45PM KST / 4:45AM CET/ 7:45PM PST Match Start : 1:00PM KST / 5:00AM CET / 8:00PM PST GROUP A&C / B&C On Air : 6:45PM KST/ 10:45AM CET / 1:45AM PST Match Start : 7PM KST / 11:00AM CET / 2:00AM PST BOTTOM 16 Monday On Air : 6:55PM KST / 10:55AM CET / 1:55 AM PST Match Start : 7PM KST / 11:00AM CET / 2:00AM PST Weekly Series / Grand Survival / Grand Final Weekly Series Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday On Air : 6:45PM KST/ 10:45AM CET / 1:45AM PST Match Start : 7PM KST / 11:00AM CET / 2:00AM PST Weekly Final Saturday/Sunday On Air : 6:45PM KST/ 10:45AM CET / 1:45AM PST Match Start : 7PM KST / 11:00AM CET / 2:00AM PST Grand Survival Thursday On Air : 6:45PM KST/ 10:45AM CET / 1:45AM PST Match Start : 7PM KST / 11:00AM CET / 2:00AM PST Grand Final Friday/Saturday/Sunday On Air : 6:45PM KST/ 10:45AM CET / 1:45AM PST Match Start : 7PM KST / 11:00AM CET / 2:00AM PST PGC 2021 Global (English) Feed {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/19c90b4053827017004bfda8338dc7bdaab0912b.jpg Where to watch: Twitch: Youtube: Tiktok: Map feed: Talents: Host Steven "Toffees" Pierce, James "Kaelaris" Carrol, John "JoRoSaR" Sargent Analyst Dustin "Godspeed" Kane, Martin "Avnqr" Gøth, Stephanie "Klov3r" Naboshek, Michael "hypoc" Robins, Patrick "Frosz" Iu, Jordan "Elfishguy" Mays, Rick "Saga_Uk" Sharples Caster Cameron Davis, Liam "Chunks" Desposito, Matt "Matrym" Oates, Clinton "Paperthin" Bader, Mike "Porosaurus" Navarro, Tobias "TheNameIsToby" Wiinblad, Jake "Zenox" Brander In addition to Global (English) streaming, PGC 2021 broadcasts in additional languages as shown below! Regional Broadcast & Channels Korea Talents: Seungheon Seong, Sanghyun Park, Jisoo Kim, Minjoon Chae, Jungmin Shin, Hyunkyung Lee, Gwak Minseon, Park Haneol, SASIN, JUSTICE, VINO, China Talents: Msjoy, Xiaotong, Xieyan, Yinxi, Xi...PGC 2021 Pick'em ChallengeNov 11, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsHello PUBG Esports fans! We're now only a week out from the PUBG GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP, so let's take some time to learn about the upcoming Pick'em Challenge and how to earn some sweet Esports Points and Free voting coupons! PUBG ESPORTS TAB The PUBG Esports tab is back with PGC 2021. The tab will live from November 12th through January 12th, 2022. Check out the PUBG Esports tab in-game to learn more and stay updated with everything PGC 2021, including match and player information. And, of course, don't forget to check out the Pick'em challenge events and Esports Point Shop; pick wisely and unlock some awesome skins. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/73efaf7b80691440d0e25898af2e703298f1c9dd.png PGC 2021 ITEMS PGC 2021 CONTINGENT CHAOS DUSTER BUNDLE (25 VOTING COUPONS) PGC 2021 CONTINGENT CHAOS JACKET BUNDLE (25 VOTING COUPONS) PGC 2021 DANCE SPLASH EMOTE BUNDLE (1 VOTING COUPON) PGC 2021 MEGA BUNDLE (60 VOTING COUPONS) PGC 2021 Pick'em Challenge Reward Items These goodies will be available for a win with your Esports points! PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos - P90 PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos - Pan PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos - Helmet (Level 3) PGC 2021 Giltslate Contagion Backpack (Level 3) "PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos" UAZ PGC 2021 "HAIRSTYLE 28" * 30% of PUBG net sales of PGC 2021 items will be distributed to the teams according to their final results. ** Pick'em Challenge is not available for the Console platform. However, all PGC 2021 items will be available for purchase from the store. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/3485d87fa096ad4e7e8fb5c70bb351e37cc6de7d.jpg PGC 2021 items sale period: November 12th 1100 (KST) - Dec 18th 1800 (KST) Pick'em Challenge event period: Rank Decision Nov 12th 1100 (KST) - Nov 19th 1800 (KST) Week 1 Nov 19th 1800 (KST) - Nov 27th 1800 (KST) Week 2 Nov 27th 1800 (KST) - Dec 4th 1800 (KST) Week 3 Dec 4th 1800 (KST) - Dec 11th 1800 (KST) Week 4 Dec 11th 1800 (KST) - Dec 18th 1800 (KST) Esports Shop items sale period: Nov 12th 1100 (KST) - Jan 12th, 2022 1100 (KST) Pick'em reward claiming period: Dec 21st 1100 (KST) -  Jan 12th, 2022 1100 (KST) PGC 2021 Pick'em Challenge Details The PGC 2021 Pick'em challenge will start on November 12th with final entries closing on Dec 18th at 1800 (KST). Make sure to make your picks for all challenges before the event comes to an end! Event 1: Weekly Final Top 4 The first challenge is to predict the top four teams of the week! You can vote up to 8 teams and with correct predictions you will be able to collect sweet Esports Points. Each week you can win 187,500EP by predicting the top 4 teams of that week! In the case of Rank Decision and Grand Final matches, predict the top 4 teams of the Rank Decision and Grand Final matches. Event 2: Weekly Kill Point MVP Next challenge; guess the very team which you think will earn the most kills on the Weekly Finals. In the case of Rank Decision and Week 4 matches, predict the team which will score the most kills during the Rank Decision and Grand Finals. You can vote f...PUBG's Kiki map and Survivor Passes delayed until mid-2022Nov 10, 2021 - The LoadoutA new PUBG: Battlegrounds patch has just dropped, and hidden within the patch notes for PC update 14.2 are a few little snippets about the future of the game - and unfortunately, it's not good news for long-term players. While players can look forward to a firing mortars or trying out the M79 smoke grenade launcher, a new and improved PUBG ranked mode, or even getting to grips with the new down-but-not-out swimming feature, they won't be looking forward to Kiki - the upcoming map - or Survivor Pass content, as both have been delayed for some time. That's because Krafton's development team have been pulled to work on "another big project". It's unclear what the project is, but the map rotation plan blog states that is not another game (scrap PUBG 2, then) but it's a "major change of plans" that will be communicated in the next couple of months. Whatever it is, though, has had a severe impact on PUBG's roadmap. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Who are the biggest Twitch streamers? PUBG 2 release date, rumours, platforms, and more We're giving away two PUBG PCS5 swag bags! Map Service Plan - November 2021Nov 9, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/de8b93febdffeb2fc6f4569cbb70651c700f7449.png Hello Survivors, Today, we're announcing our upcoming, long-term map rotation service for PUBG: Battlegrounds. Map Service Plan Normal Mode Fixed Maps: Erangel / Miramar / Sanhok Rotation Maps Season Large Small 14 Taego Paramo 15 Vikendi Haven 16 Taego Karakin 17 Vikendi Paramo 18 Taego Haven 19 Vikendi Karakin Ranked Mode Fixed Maps: Erangel / Miramar Rotation Maps Season Large Small 14 Taego Paramo 15 Vikendi Sanhok 16 Taego Karakin 17 Vikendi Paramo 18 Taego Sanhok 19 Vikendi Karakin (The content of this plan may be subject to change according to development and service conditions.) ※ The plan above applies to both PC and Console platforms. Starting with Season 14, Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok will be permanent fixtures to the 5-map Normal Mode map rotation. The remaining two map slots will be filled by a small and large map, with the specific maps changing each season. We know decisions like this always come with questions, so we’ve prepared an FAQ that includes details on changes to help the matchmaking system better facilitate regional needs for future seasons. FAQ I don't see Codename: Kiki on the rotation plan! Codename: Kiki's release has unfortunately been delayed to mid-2022 as our development plans have recently shifted towards another big project that is coming very soon (no, it's not another game). This major change of plans is also why we weren't able to deliver the second Dev Plan announcement. As for Kiki's release timing and the upcoming project, we'll be sharing more news in the coming months. Why is Taego being removed from Featured Map and added to the rotation from Season 14? While Taego has been a popular selection as the Featured Map for some regions, we understand that for others, the matchmaking experience hasn’t been as positive. Currently, our matchmaking system doesn’t facilitate unique Featured Map settings per region, but we’re actively developing this feature and plan to release it alongside our next map. This will allow us to implement more region-specific matchmaking solutions. Why are Miramar and Erangel in Ranked Mode permanently? Erangel and Miramar are the two maps most synonymous with PUBG Esports and Ranked, known and loved by both players and viewers alike; we intend for them to be mainstays.   Why are you making us play the smaller maps like Sanhok, Karakin, and Paramo in Ranked? Ranked is intended to be the competitive version of Normal Mode, with small maps included. While we understand this is a point of contention within the community, we’re still actively monitoring player sentiment and can still make additional adjustments to certain gameplay settings used, such as max player numbers. Please keep the feedback coming. Why isn't Haven a part of Ranked? Haven is our smallest map, coming in at 1x1 km. Due to its size, unique gameplay mechanics, and feedback after implementing Squads, we found Haven wasn’t the right fit for Ranked....PGC 2021 Rank Decision Group Selection ResultsNov 8, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsHello PUBG Esports fans! With PUBG 2021 Rank Decision matches approaching near, we'd like to announce the group selection results of the Rank Decision. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/05b1cfeb435768d99e5c998b02ef46b31e2c7878.pngBlack Friday Event AnnouncementNov 7, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/c4a5979eacb5c50cb6fa6564bfe8d0541e1c2cca.jpg Hello Survivors. The Black Friday Event you've all been waiting for is back again! For a limited time only, we're giving away double the G-Coin of your purchase. So don't miss your chance, jump right in! Black Friday Double G-Coin Promotion - You can receive double the amount of G-Coin during the promotion period. - The promotion applies to both PC and Consoles. For consoles, G-Coin will be provided in DLC containing double the amount. - All items can only be purchased once. PC (Steam and Kakao) Purchase 500 G-Coin + 520 G-Coin Bonus = Total 1,020 G-Coin Purchase 2,500 G-Coin + 2,900 G-Coin Bonus = Total 5,400 G-Coin Purchase 5,000 G-Coin + 6,000 G-Coin Bonus = Total 11,000 G-Coin Console Double G-Coin I (Purchase 500 G-Coin + 500 G-Coin Bonus = Total 1,000 G-Coin) Double G-Coin II (Purchase 2,000 G-Coin + 2,600 G-Coin Bonus = Total 4,600 G-Coin) Double G-Coin III (Purchase 5,000 G-Coin + 7,000 G-Coin Bonus = Total 12,000 G-Coin) Event Period PC (Steam and Kakao) & Console PST: November 10 2021, 8 AM - December 7 2021, 4 PM CET: November 10 2021, 5 PM - December 8 2021, 1 AM KST: November 11 2021, 1 AM - December 8 2021, 9 AMConsole PST: November 10 2021, 8 PM - December 7 2021, 4 PM CET: November 11 2021, 5 AM - December 8 2021, 1 AM KST: November 11 2021, 1 PM - December 8 2021, 9 AM We'll see you all on the Battlegrounds this Black Friday Season with double the excitement. PUBG: Battlegrounds TeamWelcome to PUBG Global Championship 2021Nov 4, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsHello PUBG Esports fans! PUBG esports finale of the year, PUBG GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 is soon approaching! 32 teams from four different regions that have gone through a year-long of fierce competition have finally made their way to the final battlegrounds to battle out the global number one team. Read on for full details of the tournament and more PGC 2021 Tournament Structure {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/54ebd57005beb5f15afbe0b5506b68672b20b0d2.png The PUBG Global Championship (PGC 2021) will begin its journey with a Rank decision match on Nov 19th and ending with a Grand Final ending on Dec 19th. Just like PGI.S earlier this year, PGC 2021 will be a LAN/Online hybrid tournament. The 32 qualified teams from around the globe will be invited to Paradise City in Incheon, Korea to compete for a prize pool of over 2 Million USD. Teams will also benefit from the sales of PGC store items, with 30% of the profit being added into the event prize pool. Now, let's get into the details of the tournament structure. Tournament Structure Rank Decision {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/2043b6f75b7f73381f99b4c8170ecb169a43adbc.png PGC 2021 starts with Rank Decision matches on Nov 19th as teams fight for entry positions 1st through 32nd for the upcoming Weekly Survival. Prior to the Rank Decision matches, teams will be divided into four groups. Group selection will take place once teams invited to Korea have completed their quarantine. The results will be announced via the PUBG Esports website approximately a week before the Rank Decision. After the group selection, teams will go through a full league to compete with other groups for 3 days, 6 matches per day. Based on the outcomes of the Rank Decision, teams will be lined up from 1st to 32nd to prepare for the Weekly Survival series. Weekly Series: Weekly Survival & Weekly Final & BOTTOM 16 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/bc6ab9855dbd2af92d28265d9ec6ce89167701d2.png Weekly Survival Now things get serious. Weekly Survival matches are 16 matches played over 3 days. The objective here will be to battle against 16 teams and become the last team standing. Each match, the team which wins the Chicken Dinner will advance through to the Weekly Finals. The remaining 15 teams will be joined by the next team from the BOTTOM 16 list and another match begins until all 16 slots are all filled in the Weekly Finals. *As an exception, Weekly Survival matches and the Grand Survival will feature WWCD format and not use SUPER Point Rule. Weekly Final The 16 winners of the Weekly Survival matches will compete in a 10 match tournament over the weekend. Here, the tournament will follow the traditional PUBG Esports tournament structure and SUPER Point Rule. Teams will be competing to earn points which will be crucial for advancing onto the Grand Finals. The winner of each Weekly Final will be granted with GUARANTEED slot at Grand Final The winner of each Weekly Final will be granted with a special Weekly Winner prize of $30,000.BOTTOM 16 The rem...November Partner DropsNov 3, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/555ba422d91f243e59120bfb460b079a0e73eb3c.jpg Hello Survivors! PUBG's existence was possible thanks to all our Partners who have shared the great moments of the Battlegrounds. So, to celebrate our long-lasting relationship, we have prepared a little something for all Partners and fans. Starting from this October, we will be dropping the following items every month through our selected Partners channels. So, don't forget to tune in to your favorite Partner channels every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday because that little something is waiting for you all! Check out below for details. Week One: Winner Winner Hat {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/49640997318aaacc47b23def160a63a678cedbf9.jpg Have you ever wanted to become a chicken and run around the battlegrounds? Well, at least I have! Winner Winner Chicken Dinner is all yours. So now you can put on that chicken hat and call yourself chicken! Cock-a-doodle-doo! Drops Period: PDT: November 5 2021, 0 AM - November 8 2021, 8 AM CET: November 5 2021, 8 AM - November 8 2021, 4 PM KST: November 5 2021, 4 PM - November 9 2021, 0 AM Acquiring the item is only possible by watching at least the first 30 minutes of the video clip. Week Two: Victory Dance 74 Emote Atteeeention! Please, don't miss out on this unique Emote prepared just for the Partner Drops! Drops Period: PDT: November 12 2021, 0 AM - November 15 2021, 8 AM CET: November 12 2021, 8 AM - November 15 2021, 4 PM KST: November 12 2021, 4 PM - November 16 2021, 0 AM Acquiring the emote is only possible by watching at least the first 30 minutes of the video clip.Check out the participating Partner channels at this link!{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/fc3eb5acac12ef2f651e3b36e9f96c5a3979bb65.png All right then, I'll be seeing you all on the battlegrounds. PUBG: Battlegrounds TeamNovember Shop UpdateNov 3, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/aa9edcf891bb6efac5652ac7e1583ae5273f962f.jpg Hello Survivors! The 14.2 Patch Notes already told you, but starting this November we'll be releasing monthly shop update announcements that dive deeper into not only what'll be on the store shelves, but also more detailed information on sales dates, WSUS updates, Your Shop and the Survivor Pass. With all that being said, we would now like to introduce our November shop update! New Items and Skins ※ The sales periods shown below are subject to change. Singles' Day {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/14e155d42a673ef655db3ee84059d4928e97e45c.jpg (Sneeze) Warning players with pet allergies! Items List Set Pupperscruff Costume Set (1000 → 800 G-COIN) 20% SALE Dogspot Costume Set (1000 → 800 G-COIN) 20% SALE Purrple Periwinkle Costume Set (1500 → 990 G-COIN) 34% SALE Individual Items Pupperscruff Hoodie (500 G-COIN) Pupperscruff Leggings (500 G-COIN) Dogspot Jumpsuit (800 G-COIN) Dogspot Slips (200 G-COIN) Purrple Periwinkle Hoodie (500 G-COIN) Purrple Periwinkle Gloves (300 G-COIN) Purrple Periwinkle Pants (500 G-COIN) Purrple Periwinkle Boots (200 G-COIN) Emote Victory Dance 72 (500 G-COIN) Victory Dance 73 (500 G-COIN) Sales Period: PC PST: November 9 2021, 6 PM - December 7 2021, 6 PM CET: November 10 2021, 3 AM - December 8 2021, 3 AM KST: November 10 2021, 11 AM - December 8 2021, 11 AM Console PST: November 10 2021, 8 PM - December 7 2021, 8 PM CET: November 11 2021, 5 AM - December 8 2021, 5 AM KST: November 11 2021, 1 PM - December 8 2021, 1 PM PGC 2021 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/75f671ba87d4f6a12c3d06430c0d793c584e45da.jpg The PUBG Global Championship 2021 is finally here. Cheer for your favorite team with these PGC 2021 items! Items List PC Items Set PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos Duster Bundle + Voting Coupons (4060 → 3170 G-COIN) 22% SALE PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos Jacket Bundle + Voting Coupons (4160 → 3170 G-COIN) 24% SALE PGC 2021 Mega Bundle + Voting Coupons (6650 → 5940 G-COIN) 11% SALE Emote PGC 2021 Dance Splash Emote + Voting Coupon Bundle (500 G-COIN) Console Items Set PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos Duster Bundle (4060 → 3170 G-COIN) 22% SALE PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos Jacket Bundle (4160 → 3170 G-COIN) 24% SALE PGC 2021 Mega Bundle (6650 → 5940 G-COIN) 11% SALE Emote PGC Dance - Splash Damage (500 G-COIN) Individual Items Contingent Chaos - P90 (990 G-COIN) PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos - Pan (990 G-COIN) PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos - Helmet (Level 3) (500 G-COIN) PGC 2021 Giltslate Contagion Backpack (Level 3) (500 G-COIN) "PGC 2021 Contingent Chaos" UAZ (990 G-COIN) Hairstyle 28 (500 G-COIN) Sales Period: PC & Console PST: November 11 2021, 6 PM - December 18 2021, 1 AM CET: November 12 2021, 3 AM - December 18 2021, 10 AM KST: November 12 2021, 11 AM - December 18 2021, 6 PM  GodV {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/4fb3b8e104245655853c505285ff4f8f81c0f845.jpg Meet our collaboration with PUBG professional player GodV! Items List Set GodV Bundle (1990 → 1340 G-COIN) 33% SALE Individual I...Updates to the PGC 2021 Participating Teams and moreNov 1, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/4618d87ca4ddf7a7a4b3707c5853203098b3ef2e.png Hello, PUBG Esports fans. The 2021 PUBG GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP draws near! Teams from around the world are already en route to Korea for the November 19th showdown, so it's time to disclose a bit more about the tournament and teams you can expect to see! Tournament Format PGC 2021 will be a LAN/Online hybrid tournament similar to how PGI.S was run. In PGC 2021, 5 teams from CHINA will participate on-line. All other teams will be invited to participate in-person in Korea. Ideally, we'd love all teams to be together for this tournament, but unfortunately some visa issues have prevented that this year. So this year, all Chinese teams will play together in their own arena, while the rest of the teams play together in Korea. Both PGC arenas in Korea and China will be equipped with identical gaming setups to guarantee that teams have an equal environment to compete. In addition, both arenas will be supervised by PUBG Esports referees to ensure a fair and transparent tournament. All teams who qualified for PGC 2021 and are traveling to Korea and will be safely quarantined, following national quarantine guidelines. They will remain in the isolation facility for the next two weeks until the tournament begins. Update to the Participating Teams Unfortunately, team Unicorn Phoenix Da Nang from APAC region will not be able to participate in PGC 2021 due to difficulties in acquiring a visa. UNP's ticket to participate in PGC 2021 has been transferred to the Vietnam team next in line, GAMEHOME Ha Dong. Team Name Updates Some participating teams have had a name change. ASIA (previously) Veronica7 → (now) GNL_ESPORTS EUROPE (previously) Question Mark → (now) Team Unique AMERICA (previously) FIUMBA - > (now) KPI Gaming Reserve Player Announcement Teams participating in PGC 2021 are able to acquire additional 'Reserve Players' through the following rules. Based on the player roaster submitted during PCS5, teams with 4 or less players are able to register a maximum of 1 additional player as a 'Reserve Player' Reserve Players cannot replace the empty player slot of those who have failed to acquire a visa. The Reserve Player is a substitute player for emergencies. Reserve players can only be utilized if an existing player is unable to participate in the match These cases may include; If a player is confirmed COVID-19 positive and needs to be isolated. If a player suffers from a physical injury making them unable to participate If officials rule that another reason is severe enough to warrant the swap Newly registered reserve players for PGC 2021: ASIA PeRo_grayyyyyy / KX_AzEeeeee APAC BRU_Julio / AAA_Nent / AAP_Kalbs EUROPE VP_ubah / FaZe_Wookiebookie / NAVI_HIBAKO / TL_Vard / Uniq_Kemba7 / HERO_Nowikk / ENCE_SENTEX / BBL_SIXMO AMERICAS KPI_ps1co / SQ_Waldoe / TSM_FTX_Adam / DIG_GretaTheGoat / SSG_nicoos Final List of PGC 2021 Participating Teams {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/...Update 14.2 - Patch NotesOct 27, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/385416621caeaefa00077a88c1c8f90ab8a78c99.jpg Hello, Survivors. Updates for Live Server Fixed the 'cancel' error message that pops up during matchmaking. Fixed the issue of a player's weapon getting holstered after player gets off a vehicle after using healing/boosting item in the driver's seat. Fixed the audio issue of an observer being able to hear gun shots from a player who isn't shooting. Fixed the issue of the sentence on the bottom of the Ranked mode results screen being cut off after the game language is set to English. Fixed the issue of the Night Hunter Mask's color looking different from the Store's banner image color. The issue where the Self-AED disappears instantly when it is used immediately after coming out of the water in DBNO conditions when teammate(s) is alive. The issue where if you use Self-AED on the ground after being downed while swimming, you get killed instantly when there are no teammates. 14.2 Highlights New Weapon: M79 can be found, not only in Taego but across all eight maps. The new Taego weapon Mortar is easy to use in combat situations, but it can take a lot of practice to achieve reasonable accuracy. First, you must calculate the distance to the target and the expected movement path, so calculate carefully. Once you get used to it, it can be helpful to attack behind ridges where grenades can’t reach or when defending specific areas. Also, it can be effective when destroying the trunk of a vehicle. In particular, you can use various strategies in cooperative play, so be sure to use them in battle! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1ad9bf8f9193870ebe76b702c1a622985086d42a.jpg Once looted, it takes up a primary slot. Deployment It can only be deployed on flat surfaces. It cannot be deployed on cement, iron, concrete, water, or wooden floors, or inside buildings. Left-click to deploy the Mortar. Press the “F” key to cancel deployment. Requires three seconds for deployment. Firing The character crouches automatically once the firing mode gets activated. The character cannot move until the firing mode gets released. Player must have ammo in the inventory to fire. There is a one-second delay between fires. Modes Normal Match Custom Match Custom Match Sandbox Mode Not included in Ranked Season 14 Spawn Mortar and ammo both spawn inside buildings. Does not spawn in Supply Crates or Secret Rooms. It can shoot between 121m to 700m in distance. Controls STATUS ACTION Deploy Mode Enter corresponding weapon slot button Cancel Deploy Mode Enter corresponding weapon slot buttonChange to another weapon Deployment Move to an eligible deployment surface in Deploy Mode and”Left Click” – Firing button. Cancel Deployment “F” Key Firing Mode When near Mortar”F” Key Cancel Firing Mode When in Firing Mode”F” Key Firing Mode – Adjusting Barrel Left/Right AdjustmentMouse Left/RightUp/Down Adjustment UpW: Quick angle adjustment / Wheel UP: Precise angle adjustmentDownS: Quick angle adjustment / Wheel DOWN: Precise angl...Because PUBG wasn't weird enough in 2021, it now has Baby SharkOct 26, 2021 - PCGamesNPUBG turned into one of gaming's biggest success stories and launched what's now one of the most prolific genres in the industry. It's also gotten very weird since then. The PC game is now called PUBG: Battlegrounds, and both it and its mobile counterpart have gotten a load of bizarre crossovers over the years. I know that, and I thought I was prepared for whatever might come next - but now they've put Baby Shark in the game. Yes, Baby Shark, the song that the young people in your life have probably made you sick of. Close to ten billion views on YouTube, infuriatingly catchy, impossible to get out of your head once you're thinking about it. (Sorry, by the way.) The PC version of PUBG is still safe, thankfully, but a new PUBG Mobile event means you've gotta suffer the children's song even in a game rated for ages 17+. The event, which lasts until November 11, gives Baby Shark tokens for stuff like daily logins or playing with friends. You can then spend those tokens to get a Baby Shark emote, a Baby Shark outfit, a Baby Shark frying pan skin, or the Baby Shark music. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The PUBG devs are teasing a Halloween-style Fantasy Battle Royale PUBG update 14.1 brings a Halloween makeover to the battle royale game PUBG patch adds a new vehicle, gun, and casual mode PUBG LABS: Halloween Battle RoyaleOct 19, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/d29538daaeca84be84e27b000a83fb7663b3f378.jpg Hello Survivors! With only a few weeks before the ancient ghost-chasing Celtic festival of Samhain - yes, Halloween - we want to drop a little surprise into your candy pockets. First of all... do you remember Fantasy Battle Royale? Fantasy Battle Royale was first released as an experimental "prank" mode for April Fools' Day, but the popularity of the mode was so explosive that the service was extended for another week! So for this Halloween, we've decided to resurrect last year's Fantasy Battle Royale from its legendary ruins and polish it into a spookier version and name: PUBG LABS is back with Halloween Battle Royale! Are you ready to charge into the spine-chilling Battlegrounds? What is Halloween Battle Royale? {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5becc3ca8cad21b28caf1961c5e8404e8220a543.jpg Players will be asked to transform into their preferable class, aboard the Ghost Ship (yup, not a plane!), jump down into Erangel's darkness, and fight to be the last one standing. Pretty easy, huh? It's the same old battle royale but you're all simply placed in a fantastical setting. Let's now take a look at Halloween Battle Royale's basic rules and features. Players can enter Halloween Battle Royale mode by pressing the LABS banner in the main lobby. Once matchmaking is done, a window will pop up where players can choose to be either an Executioner, Ranger, Pyromancer, or Cleric. Players will have time to choose their class in the pre-game lobby; they can also bring the class window back up by pressing F8 for PC or X for Console. The first circle will be shown on the map once players hop on the Ghost Ship. At the same time, players will be equipped with their respective class's Level 1 weapon, ring, and necklace. Players will have to loot ingredients to upgrade their weapons. Fight foes with your class skills, show great teamwork with your squad, and win Halloween Battle Royale. Halloween Battle Royale Classes Now's the time to introduce the four different classes: Executioner, Ranger, Pyromancer, or Cleric. Since there are no limits to the number of a certain class in a single squad, teammates should get tactical and put their heads together to think about what combination they could come up with. However, keep in mind that each class requires its own exclusive ingredients to grow stronger! Therefore, it would be efficient to share loot among different classes, but it's obviously not the best to share the loot you would need if your squad is made up of four Executioners. Another important note: once players upgrade their Level 1 weapons to Level 2, they can choose between two different types of weapons. Each weapon has different skills so make sure to craft and wield wisely! But do not fear; players can switch between the two weapons in every upgrade stage. Executioner {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/10e4ba2c28f0ae866187ad069d6e1dbed00d7483.jpg "I'm here for the SLAUGHTERFEST!" An Executioner i...The PUBG devs are teasing a Halloween-style Fantasy Battle RoyaleOct 13, 2021 - PCGamesNPUBG is getting a Halloween Battle Royale event, it seems. Following the recent unveiling of the battle royale game's 2021 edition plans for the spooky season, which includes a Halloween-themed restyling of Erangel, special drop events, and some new shop stuff, the devs at Krafton have started teasing something else coming up soon to celebrate this most spine-chilling time of year. The teaser comes in the form of a YouTube clip aptly titled 'Halloween Battle Royale Teaser', which you can check out below. Details are a little light, but it appears to be hinting at a new limited-time mode that players will be able to get stuck into "soon", going by its description - and it sounds like it'll put a spooky new spin on PUBG's previous April Fool's Day game mode, Fantasy Battle Royale. "In the parallel universe, there is the darker side of the FBR characters. Are you ready to become one with the dark for this Halloween?" the video's description teases. While it's unconfirmed for now, "FBR" seems to be referring to that game mode, and the trailer backs this up. In the 15 seconds of runtime, we see fantasy-style characters tearing around the game and confronting spooky settings, with a group of four seen charging across a dark landscape. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG update 14.1 brings a Halloween makeover to the battle royale game PUBG patch adds a new vehicle, gun, and casual mode PUBG's next Survivor Pass arrives on PC September 8 with a new 'casual mode' Inviting You to Halloween 2021Oct 6, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/07b020cb0d0047aed756784e3056aa6c6a7354f2.png Hello Survivors! You know it’s that season when your neighborhood begins to look like haunted houses and people start greeting each other with “Boo!” or “Trick-or-treat!” That’s right, it’s almost Halloween! For this year’s spooky season, we’re more than excited to show our players a Halloween version of Erangel, more Special Drops events, a Partner Drops event, and a huge shop update with new Halloween items! So jump into your costumes and dive into Halloween 2021 with PUBG: Battlegrounds! ERANGEL UPDATE {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/0a8a77156bc4b741c59407ccfd27b42a01b7dbb4.jpg Erangel wants to join in on the Halloween party! Players who are brave enough to venture into the eerie darkness should go check out the Halloween features on specific parts of Erangel. You can read the 14.1 Patch Notes to learn more about this update. SPECIAL DROPS This Halloween, there will be THREE Special Drops events happening during October for both PC and Console platforms: SPECIAL DROPS 1: WICKED HALLOWEEN PC PDT: October 6, 0 AM – October 19, 0 AM CEST: October 6, 9 AM – October 19, 9 AM KST: October 6, 4 PM – October 19, 4 PM Console PDT: October 14, 0 AM – October 19, 0 AM CEST: October 14, 9 AM – October 19, 9 AM KST: October 14, 4 PM – October 19, 4 PM SPECIAL DROPS 2: HALLOWEEN’S LAST SURVIVOR PC & Console PDT: October 20, 0 AM – November 2, 0 AM CEST: October 20, 9 AM – November 2, 9 AM KST: October 20, 4PM – November 2, 4PM SPECIAL DROPS 3: FRESH HOODS X PUBG PC & Console PDT: October 27, 0 AM – November 9, 0 AM CEST: October 27, 9 AM – November 9, 9 AM KST: October 27, 4 PM – November 9, 4 PM Read on to learn how to receive rich rewards for every event! SPECIAL DROPS 1: WICKED HALLOWEEN {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/fee637b953cc393f44161f88625d179e6c8fe3c5.png EVENT MISSION {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/61d9f1cbe23cb6acd4b023165ba22dfcf07af6f6.png Clear the following daily missions during the event period shown above to collect and exchange points for various rewards! MISSION POINTS Survive 30 minutes in a single match. Survival time includes time spent spectating your teammates. 50 Loot 1 Helmet (Lv.2) 25 Loot 1 Backpack (Lv.2) 25 EVENT REWARDS You can exchange the points you have acquired through missions for these rewards shown below. POINT 650 150 150 ITEM Green Ghost Contraband Coupon x5 Contraband Coupon x5 SPECIAL DROPS 2: HALLOWEEN’S LAST SURVIVOR {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1e6487854bc8e0ffc8629cc73e4583732820f9a3.png EVENT MISSION {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/3c85857cee0b0549ea9625b4cc433a2725920c80.png Clear the following daily missions during the event period shown above to collect and exchange points for various rewards! MISSION POINTS Parachute 600m in total. 30 Reach top 20. 30 Survive 15 minutes in a single match. Survival time includes time spent spectating your teammates. 40 EVENT REWARDS You can exchange the points you have acquired through missions for these rewards show...PGC 2021 Participating Teams AnnouncementOct 6, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/477a14546e528ed5cc76aa527c4dad7291b06bb6.png Hello, PUBG Esports fans! We're thrilled to announce the 32 teams that will participate in the biggest event of the PUBG Esports year, the PUBG Global Championship 2021! These squads from all around the globe have battled through fiercely competitive PUBG Continental Series tournaments to earn their rightful tickets to the Championship. PGC 2021 will begin on November 19th at Paradise City in Incheon, Korea, where teams will face off for the honor of becoming the global champion of PUBG Esports. They’ll also be competing for the base prize money of $2 Million USD along with additional money allocated from the Pick'em Challenge event. Here are your 32 PGC 2021 participants! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/7a61a8a300e6315ff9c6f165a621ea3c520a664d.png EUROPE, FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Question Mark, HEROIC, ENCE, BBL Esports APAC Buriram United Esports, Bao Nam United, ArkAngel Predator, FURY, Attack All Around, Unicorn Phoenix Da Nang AMERICAS Oath Gaming, Soniqs, TSM FTX, Dignitas, FIUMBA, Spacestation Gaming ASIA CHINA Petrichor Road, Multi Circle Gaming, 17 Gaming, KaiXin Esports, NewHappy KOREA Danawa e-sports, GHIBLI Esports, MaD Clan, Veronica7, Gen.G JAPAN ENTER FORCE.36 CHINESE TAIPEI Global Esports Xsset Please see below for the final PGC Point standings of each region: EUROPE {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/efbf5bbe2cfb04a0df18fed608e61375a3031f79.png APAC {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/aa235362f0969c3e5b43dcaf70ddd273cfa2d3df.png AMERICAS {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/8b1d02d16d7d9d88b61ab5878e2a91e3d66a5ee6.png ASIA {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/f1b87bab704979261dece470cda7217b3921bc3e.pngBLACKPINK Photo Contest Winner AnnouncementOct 1, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/47743e5beaa768bb092ce435242bcc37b2bf46c3.png Hello Survivors! We hope you're all enjoying our BLACKPINK X PUBG: Battlegrounds collaboration - if you can recall our last month's BLACKPINK photo contest announcement, we promised our potential winners abundant rewards if the participants uploaded screenshots of themselves equipped with BLACKPINK items. We expected this contest to be more competitive than our Esports matches since the winners would be receiving BLACKPINK merchandise! It was extremely difficult to pick out only 25 winners out of hundreds of talented participants, but since there are rewards waiting to be taken home, we will declare the lucky winners without further ado: Winners Nickname Platform Nickname Platform Nickname Platform Nickname Platform **SHUAI31 Steam **-NicePing Steam **lx Steam **ath_Architect Steam **ncy_Lylia Steam **UNJEANG_BA_BO Steam **t_Flan Steam **athoorr Steam **sieOvO Steam **lf_jr Steam **hiNiNi Steam **lcky Steam **gend-Sy Steam **risMartiny Steam **07 Steam **rpanta Steam **us-YA Steam **ambarin Steam **dzai_Jazz Steam **ile_v13 Steam **esao21 Steam **NDELM7 Steam **KPiNKzilla Xbox **e_Cole_Train Steam **eennManny Steam Congratulations! The 25 winners above will be gifted 10,000 G-Coins to their accounts by October 1st, 2021 (UTC+0). A message will pop up in the Notifications center once the 10,000 G-Coins have been rewarded. Here are some more important information to note: Players will have to spend this reward within 30 days after receival. Please check the Notifications center for the exact expiration date. The 10,000 G-Coins will be added to the account's existing G-Coins. The reward amount will get depleted first whenever G-Coins are used. If a PUBG nickname the winner submitted is unable to be tracked, PUBG: Battlegrounds will be sending a separate DM to the winner's social media account. Please keep in mind that it will be difficult to receive the reward if you don't reply back to us within 10 days. But it doesn't end here; remember, we had announced that we were going to pick out the Best 6 from the 25 winners above. The Best 6 was chosen based on how well their works exemplified the entry requirements. Now shall we welcome the Best 6 and their entries?! BEST 61st Place: **athoorr{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5d7b04d86dde9aad176f887ef8522353773ec44f.jpg 2nd Place: **lx {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/cdec0d53a842e32c26f4672bc9dd615797d898e9.jpg 3rd Place: **hiNiNi {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/077a90e4c16044dc81db9117962d427e47d139a5.jpg 4th Place: **sieOvO {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/07845a3b2a2e1a26b5bd3a03381a57ecd9a296da.jpg 5th Place: **-NicePing {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/dfc32270d5504007d3768bdeb726411a2577577b.jpg 6th Place: **gend-Sy {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/7a8055d4c538613df4dbe025ebf2ef1b71c93dbd.jpg Congratulations to the Best 6! Every single one of you deserves it. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/31323319b1d1ee08583d283d485ed446fbe3cc22.jpg The Best 6 will also be r...PUBG is on Sale for the First Time Ever After Losing Half of its Player Base on SteamJun 21, 2018 - GitHypDespite still being at the top of Steam as the most played game, things haven’t been going too well for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds over the past few months. With Fortnite continuing to grow in popularity, and new battle royale games on Steam like Realm Royale stealing a few players away, PUBG’s numbers have been on the decline since peaking at 3.2 million concurrent players back in January. In May, PUBG’s average had dropped by 50% when compared to January’s average of 1.6 million concurrent players. And June has been just as bad with an average of only 809k players and reviews from players recently turning to mostly negative. Now, the team at Bluehole are trying to put a positive spin on the game’s declining popularity by recently announcing that PUBG has reached 400 million players worldwide (with Mobile and Xbox included) and to celebrate the milestone the publisher is discounting the game by 33% on Steam. So far, the sale doesn’t seem to be helping the game… and player counts have continued to decline even after PUBG’s first two days of being marked down to $19.99. But with Valve’s Steam Summer Sale about to start any day now, PUBG should see a boost in sales. Last summer, PUBG was the hottest selling game during the Summer Sale, despite being one of the only games sold throughout the sale at its full retail price. Now discounted for the first time ever, Bluehole has clearly marked PUBG down to attract more buyers during Steam’s busiest sales week of the year. And with gamers losing control of their wallets during the beloved Summer Sale, PUBG is likely to see a wave of new players very soon… whether or not it can retain those players is what we’ll be keeping a close eye on in the coming months.February Marks the First Month That PUBG’s Player Base Has DeclinedFeb 12, 2018 - GitHypOver the past year, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has seen a meteoric rise on a level that no other game has ever come close to matching on Steam. But after having one of the best years ever for a new PC game, it looks like PUBG’s growth has finally hit a ceiling. Shortly after leaving early access, PUBG started 2018 strong reaching a new all-time high of 3.2 million concurrent players with an average of 1.5 million players per hour. PUBG’s numbers in December and January didn’t just set new records on Steam, but absolutely crushed the previous record of 1.2 million simultaneous players held by Valve’s own Dota 2. But after hitting 3.2 million players last month, PUBG’s community has been on the decline week after week. So far in February, PUBG hasn’t been able to break 3 million players and this past weekend’s peak was down 17% with only 2.6 million players. [caption id="attachment_326726" align="aligncenter" width="786"] PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] Brendan Greene (aka PlayerUnknown) had commented back in the summer that he was looking to follow League of Legends’ growth and was shooting for 100 million active users a month. A feat which didn’t seem as crazy as it sounded with PUBG being the first game to top Dota 2 on Steam and the first game to top LoL on Twitch back in August. While PUBG is certainly not going to die out any time soon like H1Z1, going head-to-head with League of Legends doesn’t seem possible now due to a few factors leading to the game’s first month in the red. For starters, the developers themselves have been aggressively banning over a million active players each month for cheating. While most PC gamers would approve of Bluehole’s decision regarding bans, players haven’t been happy about the dev's focus on the Xbox One and mobile releases while many major technical issues persist in the full PC version. [caption id="attachment_326727" align="aligncenter" width="786"] Average Viewers per Hour on Twitch in February 2018 via GitHyp[/caption] Another huge factor in PUBG’s decline is the success of Fortnite. The free-to-play cartoony take on PUBG’s battle royale mode has also been exploding in popularity recently. Last week, Epic Games took to Twitter to claim they’ve broken PUBG’s record with 3.4 million concurrent players. Although Epic doesn’t make their player counts available to the public, interest among streamers and viewers on Twitch seems to backup that number. Over the past month, Fortnite just barely edged out PUBG with an average of one thousand more viewers each hour on Twitch. Twitch’s most popular streamer and best free advertisement PlayerUnknown could ever ask for, Dr DisRespect, also took the entire month of January off for personal reasons. Despite often criticizing the game’s technical problems, his viewer base was usually what put PUBG at the top of Twitch and his hiatus has certainly hurt the game’s growth. With the Doc now back at the top of Twitch promoting PUBG over Fortnite, it’ll be interesting to see where PUBG goes from here. His record-breaking return wasn't enough to help PUBG regain the #2 spot on Twitch over Fortnite last week... and if the Doc can’t help stop the bleeding, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds could be in trouble if the developers don’t make some big changes soon.Only One of 2017's Top 10 Most Played Games on Steam was Released in 2017, Compared to Five in 2016Jan 3, 2018 - GitHypLast year, GitHyp reported 2016’s Most Played Games on Steam, and many were shocked to find how similar 2016 was compared to 2015. Although five new games cracked the top 10 when they launched in 2016, not even one managed to hold its position at the top by the end of the year. So how was 2017? Sadly, even worse. Despite more games than ever being released each day on Steam, only one new game cracked the top 10 in 2017, and that was PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. In 2016, there were five new games that made it into the top 10 on Steam: 3) No Man's Sky w/ 212k peak players, 4) XCOM 2 w/ 132k peak players, 5) Dark Souls III w/ 129k peak players, 8) Tom Clancy’s The Division w/ 114k peak players, and 9) Total War: Warhammer w/ 112k peak players. In 2017, PUBG took the number one spot on Steam's top 10 with a record-breaking peak of 3 million players. The next closest new game was Divinity: Original Sin II at #12 with 93k players.
  1. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds -- 3 million peak players (new)
  2. Dota 2 -- 1 million peak players (#1 in 2016)
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -- 815k peak players (#2 in 2016)
  4. Payday 2 -- 248k peak players (#34 in 2016)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V -- 171k peak players (#6 in 2016)
PUBG’s phenomenal growth also overshadowed one the year’s other biggest success stories: Payday 2’s extraordinary comeback. The four-player co-op shooter released all the way back in 2013 on Steam, but the developer’s unique promotion of giving away five million free copies back in June helped it too explode in popularity over the summer. Just like in 2016, the rankings for new games in 2017 was even worse when looking at average player counts. PUBG also held the #1 position here. While the second biggest launch of the year, Divinity: Original Sin II, dropped from #12 to #58 overall with an average of only 6k players per hour. Payday 2 ended the year with an average of 32k pph, 3x more than its average in 2016. Steam’s highest played new games based on averages were those that benefited from releasing at the very end of 2017. Football Manager 2018 took #14 with 27k pph while Call of Duty: WWII's multiplayer took #25 with 15k pph. Both launched in November and WWII’s player base has already dropped drastically.
  1. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds -- 550k avg. players per hour (new)
  2. Dota 2 -- 532k avg. players per hour (#1 in 2016)
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -- 370k avg. players per hour (#2 in 2016)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V -- 53k avg. players per hour (#4 in 2016)
  5. Team Fortress 2 -- 52k avg. players per hour (#3 in 2016)
With so many new games missing from the top of Steam, some of the year's biggest stories were the bombs. Conan Exiles started out as one of the most played and streamed games in 2017, but the early access title lost 97% of its player base in the first four months. Ubisoft's For Honor was the year's biggest flop dropping from a peak of 71k players all the way down to an average of 4.4k players. While LawBreakers ended up even worse than 2016's disappointing Battleborn launch with the beta for CliffyB's new shooter peaking at 7.5k players and struggling to break 50 concurrent players by the end of 2017. Other singleplayer games that were considered on many Best of 2017 lists also didn't bring in huge player counts at launch. Prey peaked with 24k players at #61 and ended 2017 with 1.7k pph at #152. Resident Evil 7 peaked with 20k players at #74 back in February, lost 90% of its playerbase one month later, and new free DLC wasn’t enough to help raise its average of only 863 pph at #262. And one of the most rage-inducing/beloved indie games in years, Cuphead, peaked with 19k players at #82 and ended with an average of 3.6k pph at #82. Looking back at 2017 in review, gamers just weren't as hyped for new titles on Steam as they were in 2016. Most looking for a new experience flocked to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Its explosive growth dethroned Valve's own top games, CS:GO and Dota 2, and as a result became Steam's new #1 game -- even with mixed reviews and most claiming it doesn’t deserve to be called "Game of the Year." But aside from PUBG, 2017 was an even worse year than before for new games looking to build their player bases.
PUBG Just Surpassed Dota 2 and Destiny 2’s Highest Concurrent Player PeaksSep 16, 2017 - GitHypPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds absolutely dominated Summer 2017 with its player base growing by 3000% since hitting early access back in March. The survival shooter has been breaking records week after week, and now, it has set the record for arguably the most important stat on Steam: All-Time Peak Concurrent Players. Last week, PUBG became the second game ever to pass 1 million concurrent players on Steam. An impressive feat for a six-month-old game -- especially considering that the only other game to hit seven figures on Steam has been Valve’s own Dota 2 -- which peaked at 1.2 million players back in March 2016. Today, just one week after joining the dos commas club, PUBG has added another 300k gamers to its player base and set the new all-time peak player record on Steam at 1.3 million players. [caption id="attachment_291248" align="aligncenter" width="770"] PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] To put PUBG’s player base success into perspective, Dota 2 has been the most popular game on Steam for years and Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was the previous No. 2 with a peak of 845k players. Bungie recently touted on Twitter that Destiny 2 also had 1.2 million concurrent players during its launch last week. Unfortunately, only Bungie and Activision know whether that number has gone up or down since then, and sadly even when Destiny 2 comes to PC next month, the sequel won’t be released on Steam for GitHyp to continue tracking the player counts. PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, has stated in prior interviews that he’s looking to follow League of Legends’ growth with hopes of PUBG some time in the future having 100 million active users a month. Although that number seems crazy at the moment, PUBG’s player base has shown no signs of slowing down and the survival shooter was actually the most watched game on Twitch in August, taking the No. 1 spot from LoL for the first time in years.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hits 1 Million Concurrent Players on SteamSep 8, 2017 - GitHypPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been on an unstoppable run breaking records all summer long. In August, the survival-based shooter dethroned League of Legends as the most watched game on Twitch. And now, it’s the second game ever to break 1 million concurrent players on Steam. Just one month ago, we reported that PUBG’s player base passed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the first time to rank in at No. 2 on Steam. A few weeks later, it broke CS:GO’s all-time record of 845k players. As predicted, PUBG is now challenging Dota 2 on a daily basis for the No. 1 spot on Steam. But what’s more shocking, is that the popular battle royale game is already gunning for the No. 1 all-time peak player count record currently held by Valve’s most popular IP. [caption id="attachment_289354" align="aligncenter" width="770"] PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Peak Players per Hour on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] Today, PUBG brought in a new peak of 1,028,540 players. Dota 2 at its peak back in March 2016 hit 1.2 million players. Despite its viewer base on the rise, Dota 2 hasn’t seen over 1 million players since January 2017 and its player base has slightly declined over the past year. Back in June, we reported that PUBG was impressively adding 25k+ new players each week. We expected its growth to continue, but admittedly not anywhere near the ridiculous rate it has been on as of late. More recently, the shooter has been adding over 100k new players each week and is still growing. Based off PUBG’s current explosive growth, the survival shooter is on track to also break Dota 2’s all-time concurrent player record in just the next couple weeks.For the First Time in Years, League of Legends Wasn’t the Most Watched Game on Twitch Last MonthSep 5, 2017 - GitHypSince GitHyp started tracking Twitch’s most watched games back in 2015, League of Legends has been the undefeated champion holding the top spot every single month. But with LoL’s viewership down 15% compared to last year and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds exploding in popularity this summer, August 2017 was the first month that the most popular game in the world didn’t take the No. 1 spot on Twitch. Just like its rising player base on Steam, PUBG’s viewership on Twitch has grown tremendously over the past few months. The battle royale stand-alone had an impressive 70k viewers per hour when it debuted back in March. However, unlike other recent new releases over the past few months which have seen their hype die down after launching, interest in PUBG has actually continued to grow – most recently pulling in 100,864 viewers per hour last month. August 2017’s Top 5 Most Watched Games on Twitch via GitHyp:
  1. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 100k viewers per hour / 393k peak viewers / 69.8 million viewers
  2. League of Legends – 97k viewers per hour / 377k peak viewers / 67.6 million viewers
  3. Dota 2 – 66k viewers per hour / 845k peak viewers / 46.4 million viewers
  4. Hearthstone – 63k viewers per hour / 209k peak viewers / 44.2 million viewers
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 35k viewers per hour / 286k peak viewers / 24.2 million viewers
Looking at Twitch’s Top 5 in August, developer Bluehole’s PUBG beat Riot Games’ League in all three major categories: viewers per hour, peak viewers, and total viewers. The only stat PUBG didn’t hit No. 1 for was peak viewers, which went to Valve’s Dota 2 during The International 7’s $24 million tournament. Part of what contributed to PUBG becoming the new king of the hill on Twitch was the game’s own first-ever LAN invitational at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. With $350,000 in prize money on the line, PUBG brought in a new all-time peak of 393k viewers on Twitch during the four-day tournament. Many have debated if PUBG’s unique multiplayer format can truly work as an eSport. That question remains to be seen as the game continues to evolve in Early Access, but the popular survival shooter is without question off to an exciting start – especially considering that it had more total viewers and a higher average viewer count than Dota 2 during the 4-year-old MOBA’s own best month ever on Twitch.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Just Passed CS:GO with a New Peak of 518k PlayersAug 4, 2017 - GitHypPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has exploded in popularity over the past few months. We first reported back in April that it debuted at #3 on Steam with a peak of 60k concurrent players during its first weekend. Now, four months later, PUBG has hit a new peak of 518k concurrent players. Not only is the 763% increase in players impressive, but the more newsworthy feat is that this new peak number has dethroned the long-reigning #2 most played game on Steam, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, at its own peak of 509k players today. [caption id="attachment_282030" align="aligncenter" width="770"] PlayerUnknown's Peak Concurrent Player Counts on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] When PUBG debuted, it was going head-to-head with H1Z1: King of the Kill for the Battle Royale genre. We originally predicted that it would dethrone H1Z1, but it’s shocking that PUBG is already taking on CS:GO with all signs pointing to it soon surpassing Valve’s beloved shooter for good. Looking at the growing playerbase trend, PUBG isn't showing any signs of slowing down and likely has another game already in its sights. Back in June, PUBG was adding around 25k-50k new players to its playerbase each week. In July it was going up by 40k-60k each week. At this continued growth rate, PUBG will be battling with Valve’s most played game on Steam, Dota 2, in just a few more months with a quarter million concurrent players.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Debuts at #3 on Steam and #1 on TwitchApr 3, 2017 - GitHypAfter fighting its way back to the top of Steam, H1Z1: King of the Kill now has some new competition. Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown, the original developer of the ARMA/DayZ Battle Royale mod (who also worked on King of the Kill), has just released his own take on the survival genre. And in just the first week of early access, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has already become the No. 3 most played game on Steam. While it’s off to a great start, Battlegrounds is still far from topping the King. The two games’ peaks occur at opposite times of the day, so who occupies the No. 3 position changes based on what time you look. King of the King still edges out Battlegrounds holding the No. 3 spot a few more hours each day, but the more important stat is King of the King’s much higher player count numbers during its peak hours. Battlegrounds has been peaking at around 60k concurrent players during afternoons in the US. Those player counts drop by half throughout the night in the US, which is when King of the Kill begins seeing its playerbase rise to over 100k. King of the Kill's all-time highest peak was 124k concurrent players last month, but Battlegrounds is catching up quick and over this past weekend hit a new peak of 86k players. [caption id="attachment_254747" align="aligncenter" width="770"] PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Peak Player Counts Per Day Since Launch via GitHyp[/caption] The success of PlayerUnknown’s new last person standing standalone is in large part due to the game's rising popularity on Twitch. Just as how Twitch’s top streamers embraced H1Z1 over DayZ and helped King of the Kill explode in popularity six months ago, we're now seeing those same streamers switching to Battlegrounds and bringing their viewers with them. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is constantly hitting over 100k concurrent viewers on Twitch where it has taken the No. 1 spot multiple times over fan favorites such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike. Meanwhile, after peaking at 89k viewers last month, H1Z1 has dropped out of Twitch’s top 10 most viewed games and now averages highs around 30k viewers per hour. Although nowhere near as drastic as the drop-off in viewers after the launch of Battlegrounds, King of the Kill’s player counts have also started to slightly decline after the game reached its record-setting peaks two weeks ago. With the two games now going head-to-head, it’ll be interesting to see which game-changing features help the two games stay at the top of Steam and which game-breaking issues or new entries in the genre cause either of the two to fall off.