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Dev Talk: DESTON Live on June 25Jun 23, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/22e5efca9544cfa375c4ee86e07df174ec704dba.png Hello players! PUBG Dev Team have prepared and are inviting you to a pleasant live show this week to finally introduce and discuss our upcoming new 8x8 map: Deston. We'll be revealing our intentions on Deston, its map environment, anticipated gameplay, and its new, exclusive mechanics. We've also prepared special events such as a Live Q&A session, PUBG Dev vs PUBG Partners match, and some hot Drops, so get ready to scoop up valuable information and rewards this week! Read on for more details on the upcoming stream, events, and rewards. DEV TALK: DESTON Live StreamWhen and where will you go live? Our Dev Talk will be live through our PUBG Partners on streaming channels such as Twitch, YouTube (Global), and more! Official YouTube channel: Live stream schedule June 25 (Sat) 7 AM CEST June 24 (Fri), 10 PM PDT 2 PM KST 5 AM UTC What events are prepared? {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5815b21079e4d1cc9240c7000e12342713ebf951.png Which Partners will be streaming? The full list of our participating PUBG Partners is at the very bottom of this page! Live Stream Drops {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/f94eb6fdfd0741fce2b3b63129dc8ab76c5390a5.png - Watch our Dev Talk (15 minutes+) Channels Twitch, YouTube (Global), other PUBG Partner streaming platforms Date(PC & Console) Twitch and other streaming platformsJune 25 (Sat) 7 AM CEST - 4:59 PMJune 24 (Fri) 10 PM - June 25 (Sat) 7:59 AM PDT2 PM KST - 11:59 PM5 AM UTC - 2:59 PMYouTube (Global)June 25 (Sat) 7 AM CEST - 10 AMJune 24 (Fri) 10 PM - June 25 (Sat) 1 AM PDT2 PM KST - 5 PM5 AM UTC - 8 AM Rewards Contraband Coupon x10 & Deston Emblem How to Receive Drops Rewards Sign in to your KRAFTON ID here( your game platform(s). (You may link multiple platforms.)Link your Twitch/YouTube account.Watch our Dev Talk! Here are some notes to keep in mind for our Drops: ※ You'll be able to receive drops through the mentioned channels only. ※ Rewards will only be distributed during the live stream (mentioned date above). ※ The Deston Emblem will be delivered by: July 13 UTC for PC and July 21 UTC for Console. ※ To receive the rewards, you must have a KRAFTON ID and link it to your game platform AND Twitch/each region's streaming platform. ※ If you're watching on YouTube, make sure to link your KRAFTON ID before watching. ※ Streaming platforms excluding Twitch and YouTube will be receiving redeem codes instead of drops. Check out the participating Partner channels! NA Streaming Channels TheLarkShark ippaku nofxious noobsalad johnlonnie ubiera one800beatdown C_DOME shane_doe m1me ASHEK https://www.twit...Special Drops & Prime Gaming Rewards - June 2022Jun 17, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5091543879faf52ccb7ee73e027ef6778aae6858.jpg Hello players! Prepare to put on some of that sunscreen, as sizzling hot Contraband Coupons and a shy Spray item are in store for this month’s Special Drops event! Also, make sure to pick up this month’s Prime Gaming rewards along the way. Read on to learn how to receive exciting rewards during June! Special Drops The Special Drops schedule for both PC and Console will be: {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/f6e4760c02c80285e26ef901373fa7f0d1b5f440.jpg Special Drops 1: Contraband Coupon Hunt PC & Console PDT: June 22, 2022, 0 AM – July 5, 2022, 0 AM CEST: June 22, 2022, 9 AM – July 5, 2022, 9 AM KST: June 22, 2022, 4 PM – July 5, 2022, 4 PM Special Drops 1: Event Mission Complete the following daily missions during the event period to collect and exchange points for various rewards! Mission Points Survive 30 minutes in total. Survival time includes time spent spectating your teammates. 40 Parachute 600m in total. 30 Reach Top 10 in a match. 30 Event Rewards Exchange points you acquired from missions for the following rewards! Points 400 250 250 Item Contraband Coupon x10 Contraband Coupon x5 Safety Shack Spray Prime Gaming Rewards – June {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/2c4d047cac7397511af2fe40cc56083904e4a47c.jpg Premium Supply Pack #5 Golden G-Coin Box Contraband Coupon x10 Polymer x30Reward Claimable Date PC & Console PDT: June 23, 2022, 5 PM – July 26, 2022, 5 PM CEST: June 24, 2022, 2 AM – July 27, 2022, 2 AM KST: June 24, 2022, 9 AM – July 27, 2022, 9 AM How to Claim Rewards Access our Prime Gaming page. Click the “Claim Now” button below the claimable reward. Sign in to or sign up for an Amazon Prime account. You need an Amazon account to sign up for Prime. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can create one by clicking “Create Your Amazon Account.” After signing up for Amazon Prime, you will be required to add a payment method. You can start your 7-day free trial first and pay the monthly payment after the trial. After you successfully set up your Amazon Prime account, you will be redirected to the reward claiming window. Press “Go to KRAFTON” to link your KRAFTON ID to your Amazon Prime account. You are required to agree to allow Prime Gaming the rights to access your game account information. After confirmation, you will be redirected to our Prime Gaming page. Click “Complete Claim” to receive your reward! Access the game and you will see your rewards automatically granted to your Inventory.FAQ Do I have to be an Amazon Prime member to receive the rewards? Yes, your Prime membership must be maintained during the monthly reward claimable dates to receive the rewards. Can I cancel my Prime membership? Yes, you can cancel your membership anytime. To cancel, go to your Account & Settings page on and click “End Membership.” I started my 7-day free trial but I got charged USD $1.00. Amazon Prime will initially extract USD $1.00 from your bank account to confirm you...Announcing the Fan Art Contest: LAND Winner!Jun 10, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/9bc1822c25b123276cc52b8ad25e0f3068869833.jpg The Terms and Conditions regarding personal information and your submissions' rights have been modified on May 23 for the Fan Art Contest: LAND. Please carefully read the revised Terms and Conditions here ( and below to take action if needed. Hello players! The voting phase has wrapped up nicely and we'd like to thank every single one of our participants once again for their time and participation. Today we're absolutely thrilled to announce the grand, final winner who's been chosen by you! And now, without further ado (drumroll), we'd like to announce the winner of this year's first Fan Art Contest: LAND! Final Winner {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/e61aeb34efda08ab0fdf7d2953c578dd6f9b0e86.jpg Congratulations RoccoNro** (Steam), and thank you for your absolutely beautiful design. Your submission has earned an astounding 25.15% of total votes by our fans from all around the globe! Your design will be created as an in-game shoe skin by our teams and added to the game early next year! Read on for important information on receiving your rewards (including the Five Finalists who made it to the voting phase). Contest Prizes and Distribution Dates The Five Finalists 50,000 G-COIN each The G-COIN reward will be delivered to your account by June 30 UTC. Final Winner 5,000 USD The winner is responsible for the payment of taxes and charges applicable when receiving the prize. To be delivered after conclusion of a contract with the final winner. Important Notes Carefully read the Terms and Conditions below. Please check your e-mail you've used to participate in this contest as we may ask for additional information such as your PUBG nickname, etc. to send your rewards. The in-game skin for the awarded design is scheduled to be released during the first half of 2023. The release schedule is subject to change and any change will be informed through a separate announcement. Terms and Conditions Please read the following terms carefully and you, as the winner, may choose to accept the reward or withdraw from the contest. Your e-mail address, platform (such as Steam/PlayStation®/Xbox) and PUBG nickname will be collected and used for the purpose of the contest's progression (confirmation of participation, winner selection, reward distribution, prevention of unfair/illegal participation) for 6 months after the contest's conclusion (however, if there are special provisions in laws and regulations, the relevant laws and regulations shall apply). For more information on personal information use, please read our Privacy Policy ( By submitting, you agree that KRAFTON Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "company") has the right to use the design awarded in this contest (hereinafter referred to as "awarded design") and the winner consents to not raise any sort of objection. ­If you are announced as the ...PUBG Duck Rider Challenge WinnersJun 9, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/c6afdef748165edd38f5ee631006b0c3625f54f0.png Hello players! Did you enjoy landing on top of one of our fluffy B.Ducks’ heads? Well, we sure did while reviewing every one of your pictures and videos of you participating in our ducky challenge! Today we’re here to finally announce the winners that’ll be taking home special B.Duck in-game souvenirs! But first, let’s remind ourselves what rewards are in store for you lucky winners: Rewards and How to Receive Them ※ The following reward delivery dates are subject to change. Winners will be updated in the event of date changes. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/c41fa89bfc0ba720eb3dbdcfdbfaa2b28a7c043d.png B.Duck spray Rewards will be automatically delivered to the in-game nickname used to participate in the event. Delivery date June 9 UTC Five B.Duck weapon skins (Additional 100 winners among the winners above) Rewards will be automatically delivered to the in-game nickname used to participate in the event. Delivery date June 9 UTC Got it? Then without further ado, let’s announce the ducky winners! B.Duck Spray Winners Congratulations to you all! Don’t forget to read the important notes below so you’ll know what to keep in mind before the challenge officially wraps up. Important Notes Additional personal information may be requested and collected from winners for the purpose of account verification and reward distribution. Your social media post is required to be Public (everyone can see it) without any viewer restrictions during the event period and until rewards are granted. Participants who submit screenshots/videos that are not their own will be immediately disqualified and have their rewards withdrawn even after receival. We advise you to not change your PUBG nickname before you receive your reward as there may be difficulties during the process. Your screenshots/videos may be used in KRAFTON and/or PUBG’s official channels. Therefore, please hold on to your original files as we may ask for them later on! The winners’ screenshots/videos can be used by the company for promotional purposes, and the screenshots/videos may be transformed freely during the process. Thank you for participating, congratulations to the winners, and we’ll be seeing you at the next event! PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS Team PNC 2022 Pickem ChallengeJun 8, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsHello, PUBG Esports fans! The PUBG Nations Cup is back and right around the corner! With its return, we’re gearing up for a new Pick’em Challenge! Starting June 16th, 16 teams from around the world will face off in Bangkok, Thailand to prove their nation is the best PUBG has to offer! Like before, you can cast your votes for participating teams in order to earn Esports Points to exchange for free Esports gear in the shop. Let’s dive in and learn more! PUBG ESPORTS TAB The PUBG esports tab is back and up running! Dive into the esports tab to learn general information about the PNC 2022 tournament. You can also click on the button at the bottom left corner to head on to the dedicated PNC 2022 Event Website. There, you can also learn deeper about the PNC 2022 and participate in on-line promotions. Give it a try! PNC 2022 ITEMS PNC 2022 All-in-one Bundle PNC 2022 Hotstreak Hat PNC 2022 Hotstreak Jacket PNC 2022 Hotstreak Legs PNC 2022 Hotstreak Boots PNC 2022 Hotstreak - M416 PNC 2022 Dance - Champion's Struggle + 5 Voting Coupons PNC 2022 Tech Vest (Level 2) (EP ITEM) * 30% of PUBG net sales of PNC 2022 items will be distributed to the teams according to their final results. ** Pick'em Challenge is not available for the Console platform. However, all PNC 2022 items will be available for purchase from the store. *** The items shown in this post may reappear through other in-game platforms (such as Your Shop, etc.) and/or events and promotions even after their Store sales periods. PNC 2022 Pick'em Challenge Schedule {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/3f7a9645309749f66af47fd8209ca721f9650ec1.png The Pick'em Challenge for PUBG Nations Cup starts now! Starting from June 8th you will be able to both purchase PNC 2022 items and cast your picks. No worries for the console players! Pickem items will be also available on console from June 16th to 29th. PNC 2022 Item Sales Period PC: June 8th ~ June 17th UTC 08:00 (KST 17:00) Console: June 16th ~ June 29th UTC 02:00 (KST 11:00) PNC 2022 Pick'em Challenge Voting Period June 8th ~ June 17th UTC 09:00 (KST 18:00) PNC 2022 Pick'em Reward Claiming Period June 21st UTC 02:00 (KST 11:00) ~ June 29th UTC 02:00 (KST 11:00) PNC 2022 Pick'em Challenge Details PNC 2022 Pick'em Challenge will last only around a week! The window will be very narrow so plan your picks wisely but also fast! Event: Pick the winner Your challenge is simple but won't be that easy. Cast your vote on the team which you think will win the tournament. You can cast max 7 votes out of 16 teams. If your chosen team victors, you will be rewarded with 100,000EP! Earned Esport Points can be spent at the Esports Shop for a reward. FREE Voting Coupons, EP and more! Earn free voting coupons and EP by simply watching and interacting during the tournament! Free Voting Coupons Tune into PNC official livesteams for a chance at a special code that grants a free voting coupon! The code will only be available on the very first day of PNC 2022, so watch the live broadcast ...PNC 2022 Broadcasting channels, talent, and moreJun 7, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsHello, PUBG Esports fans! The PUBG Nations Cup 20222 will be available in Global(English) broadcast across all regions with our best PUBG Esports talent and casters. Multiple other languages will be also provided for world wide PUBG Esports fans. Read on to find out more about the talent line up and regional broadcasting channels! PNC 2022 Broadcast Schedule {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/94f1d408d1e46fa47447ffa8843670dd374ad74a.png Media Day June 15th (15:30 ICT / 17:30 KST / 10:30 CEST / 01:30 PDT / 08:30 UTC) Media day Broadcasting channels English Thai Korean배틀그라운드이스포츠 Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional PUBG Nations Cup June 16 ~ 19 (18:00 ICT / 20:00 KST / 1300 CEST / 04:00 PDT / 11:00 UTC) PNC 2022 Global (English) Feed {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/0900f654fe3e7c714abb91a060be27ed64fb93ab.png Where to watch: Twitch: Youtube: Facebook: Map feed: Talents: Host James Kaelaris Carrol Analyst Martin Avnqr Goth Steven Toffees Pierce Caster Matt Matrym Oates Clinton Paperthin Bader Jake “Zenox” Brander Tobias TheNameIsToby Wiinblad In addition to Global (English) streaming, PNC 2022 broadcasts in additional languages as shown below! Regional Broadcast & Channels Korea배틀그라운드이스포츠 Talents: Sanghyun Park, Jungmin Shin, Jisoo Kim China Talents: Msjoy,Xiaotong,Xieyan,Yinxi,Xinba,Fengzheng,Xiaoxian,Mifan,Seven Japan Chinese Taipei Talents: AsSen, JaeCarry, KMoMo, Krapy, Mr.Yee, Nia, Rex Latin America Portuguese (Brazil) h Spanish SEA Vietnam Talents: Bomman, Mimosa, Lynx, Trong Linh, Huy Lova, Hana, Gary La, Fujin, Duy Duc, TheAnh96 Thailand 6/8) June Store Update 2022Jun 7, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/adc5089d0e9113f6180cdd4313af570bed370a5c.jpg Hello players! Welcome to the June Store update. We're hitting off with PUBG Nations Cup 2022 skins right off the bat this month along with a new item series: High Noon! We'll also be having two new Partner skins that our fans will absolutely love. And that's not all – as always, don't forget to check out the temporary closure of Your Shop and the end sales of beloved items leaving the Store soon. New Items and Skins ※ The items shown below may reappear through other in-game platforms (such as Your Shop, etc.) and/or events and promotions even after their sales periods. ※ The sales periods shown below are subject to change. PNC 2022 Enter a new Esports era with PUBG Nations Cup 2022! Purchase voting coupons with the All-in-one Bundle and use them to cheer for your favorite battle royale player. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/d2eaa4179e4fd24bdab20d27f058e78270d1c316.jpg PC Items List (PC) Certain PNC 2022 items are purchasable with Esports Points (EP) at the Esports Point Shop. Set PNC 2022 All-in-one Bundle + Voting Coupon x5 (1490 G-COIN) Individual Items PNC 2022 Tech Vest (Level 2) (75,000 EP) Contraband Coupon (2,500 EP) Limited to 60 purchases max per account. Console Items List Set PNC 2022 All-in-one Bundle (1490 G-COIN) Individual Items PNC 2022 Tech Vest (Level 2) (500 G-COIN) Sales Period: PC PDT: June 7, After live server maintenance – June 17, 1 AM CEST: June 8, After live server maintenance – June 17, 10 AM KST: June 8, After live server maintenance – June 17, 5 PM Console PDT: June 15, After live server maintenance – June 28, 7 PM CEST: June 16, After live server maintenance – June 29, 4 AM KST: June 16, After live server maintenance – June 29, 11 AM High Noon Gear up with High Noon to show you're one of the most Wanted players with the highest bounty on PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/8b84cd7e4a8214599d5e361c5574f9e404bc24d9.jpg Items List Set Desperado Costume Set (1490 G-COIN) Urban Cowgirl Costume Set (1490 G-COIN) Deputy Costume Set (1490 G-COIN) Wanted Set (650 G-COIN) Lawman Set (650 G-COIN) Individual Items Desperado Hat (300 G-COIN) Desperado Duster (990 G-COIN) Desperado Shirt (300 G-COIN) Desperado Pants (500 G-COIN) Desperado Boots (200 G-COIN) Urban Cowgirl Hat (300 G-COIN) Urban Cowgirl Glasses (300 G-COIN) Urban Cowgirl Jacket (990 G-COIN) Urban Cowgirl Shorts (500 G-COIN) Urban Cowgirl Boots (200 G-COIN) Deputy's Hat (300 G-COIN) Deputy's Scarf (300 G-COIN) Deputy's Jacket (990 G-COIN) Deputy's Pants (500 G-COIN) Wanted Backpack (Level 2) (500 G-COIN) Wanted – Helmet (Level 3) (500 G-COIN) Lawman Backpack (Level 3) (500 G-COIN) Lawman – Helmet (Level 2) (500 G-COIN) Emote ※ The emotes below will be available to purchase for 6 months (sales period below). Victory Dance 88 (500 G-COIN) Victory Dance 89 (500 G-COIN) Cell Phone Photo (300 G-COIN) Sales Period: PC PDT: June 21, After live server maintenance – PST December 13, 5 PM CEST:...PNC 2022: Update on the Participating TeamsJun 2, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6dc8df349edd745888f303a93acae2247042b458.png Hello, PUBG Esports Fans. As the return of the PUBG Nations Cup fast approaches, we wanted to inform you of an issue we've run into with one of the teams. As excited as we are to get back into the thrills of an in-person tournament and after exhausting every way to have everyone on-site, Team China will, unfortunately, participate in PNC 2022 remotely. Over the last couple of years, PUBG Esports have had to adjust quite a bit in the wake of the pandemic. From full-on remote tournaments to hybrid ones, we’ve had to compromise in certain aspects to keep the show running. In Shanghai, where most of the PCL PUBG Esports teams are located, teams are facing ongoing pandemic challenges and even had to convert PCL Spring to an online tournament during the middle of the season. While we all hope to get back to some semblance of normal soon, the reality is that we must respect each nation’s local policies. How did we decide on this exception? Our goal for PNC 2022 was an on-site event for both players and fans to enjoy. We reviewed every possible method we could think of to achieve this for the grand return of the Nation’s Cup. In the end, the pandemic-related travel restrictions forced us to have to consider online participation over in-person. With this inevitability, we’ve put together the following prerequisites for Team China: All members of Team China participating in PNC 2022 must be present in one place. An assigned staff and referee must also be present in order to ensure a fair competitive environment. The provided PCs and equipment will be identical to that of the Bangkok arena. Team China's online participation should not interfere with or affect the Bangkok arena. The PUBG Esports team has been diligent in finding a location that can accommodate all of the above requirements and has decided that Team China will participate online from Guangzhou city. This is a location close to Bangkok to reduce latency while still having the resources to make the competitive environment as close to the Bangkok arena as possible. Over 40 test matches were played during an 8-day test period and the average ping in Guangzhou city during that time was 40-60ms as compared to the 20-40ms that players in Bangkok received. With Bangkok's ping maintaining a similar level of ping to our usual esports server, we are confident we’ve done all we can to ensure that latency won’t get in the way of the competition. The PUBG Esports team has shared this information with Team China and the other 15 national teams in advance, to ensure everyone is in agreement and has all the details. We will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to do our best to ensure that all 16 national teams can perform in an equal and fair environment. It’s our hope to not have to make these exceptions for much longer, but thank you and the teams for your understanding as we continue to adjust in the wake of the pandem...PUBG 18.1 ranked season release date, Paramo map is backMay 31, 2022 - PCGamesNPUBG Battlegrounds players can try out the latest update for the battle royale game today by jumping into the PC test server, ahead of the arrival of the PUBG 18.1 ranked season release date. The new patch, which is due to release on June 8, also changes up the map rotation slightly and increases item spawn rates to increase healing potential in the multiplayer game. The patch brings the start of PUBG Battlegrounds ranked season 18 when it launches on live servers next week, and also switches up the map rotation and frequency. Those playing normal matches will notice that Vikendi is gone again, with the snowy map leaving to make way for the return of Paramo's active volcano environment alongside regulars Erangel, Miramar, Taego, and Sanhok. Paramo has seen some slight tweaks to add additional rocks and cover, along with a unique-looking spiral well. The ranked map rotation has been tweaked slightly to increase the odds of players parachuting onto Taego, with a split of 40% of games on Erangel, 30% on Miramar, and 30% on Taego. Rewards from ranked season 17 will also be available to claim once ranked season 18 is underway and must be claimed by the end of the season. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Best PC games you can play on mobile PUBG x Nier skins are out now, and the bundle costs $50 April Fools 2022 - the best jokes across PC gaming and hardware PUBG patch 18.1 notes removes Vikendi yet againMay 31, 2022 - The LoadoutThe latest PUBG patch notes have been revealed for update 18.1 and Krafton is once again removing Vikendi, amongst making a number of other changes. The hot, lava-ridden rocks of Paramo will take Erangel's place. Paramo has seen steep cliffs added to some mountains to prevent players from climbing to the top and more cover has been added to some areas of the map. Other key changes involve improving health item spawn rates on Erangel and Miramar by 10% and 6% respectively. Elsewhere the mission list for Special Drops and events have been added to the menu screen, allowing you to see your mission progress at any time and a multitude of bug fixes have been implemented. The PUBG patch 18.1 update will launch on June 8 in North America, Europe and Asia after an eight hour maintenance period on the day, hopefully scheduled to end at 1:30 am PT / 4:30 am ET / 9:30 am BST / 10:30 am CEST / 5:30 pm KST. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG 2 release date rumours, platforms, and more PUBG update 17.2 will let you 1v1 your mates Next week's PUBG update sees the return of original Sanhok Start Voting for Fan Art Contest: LAND!May 31, 2022 - Community Announcements※ The Terms and Conditions regarding personal information and your submissions’ rights have been modified for the Fan Art Contest: LAND. Please carefully read the revised Terms and Conditions here ( and take action if needed. Hello players! We foremost wish to thank every participant for their time and effort to share their passion and creativity to our first Fan Art Contest of the year. We’ve carefully combed through every single one of your shoe design entries to finally announce the grand Five finalists today! Now, during this phase of the contest, you’ll be holding the power to vote for the shoe design you’d like to see spring to life in-game! We can’t wait to see your character running through our maps with the shoes you’ve chosen! Five Finalists {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6dd5482c360cf0e4d337e1fd7c6a2b75a8ffb140.jpg How to Vote To vote for one of the five entries shown above              You can only vote once and for one entry only! Schedule ※ The following dates are subject to change. We will inform you in the event of schedule changes. Public Voting Period (CONTEST Menu open period) PDT: May 31, 12 AM – June 8, 12 AM CEST: May 31, 9 AM – June 8, 9 AM KST: May 31, 4 PM – June 8, 4 PM  Winner Announcement PDT: June 10, 12 AM CEST: June 10, 9 AM KST: June 10, 4 PM Contest Prize The Five Finalists 50,000 G-COIN each Final Winner 5,000 USD The winner is responsible for the payment of taxes and charges applicable when receiving the prize. Important Notes Please read the revised Terms and Conditions here. The Contest Prizes will be granted after the Winner Announcement (when Fan Art Contest: LAND completely wraps up). You will not be able to change your vote once you confirm your vote. Any unfair methods such as cheating or defrauding of the contest system are strictly forbidden and will lead to immediate disqualification of your entry and/or votes, disqualification from future contests and events, and legal actions will be taken to the fullest extent permitted by law for the incurred damages. Please participate fairly! Thank you. PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS Team (Edit: 6/8) Patch Notes - Update 18.1May 31, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/9924dc489d5aae5bedd154cbbcf1af63289b0dc9.jpg 18.1 Highlights To be updated with the Live Server update. Live Maintenance Schedule PC PDT: June 7, 5:30 PM – June 8, 1:30 AM CEST: June 8, 2:30 AM – 10:30 AM KST: June 8, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM Console PDT: June 15, 9 PM – June 16, 4 AM CEST: June 16, 6 AM – 1 PM KST: June 16, 1 PM – 8 PM Live Server Fixes The unlockable Progressive weapon skin levels have been adjusted. Please read the June Store Update for the details. Fixed the clipping issue when a female character equips a Summer Sun Top with a Vigilante Jacket. Fixed the awkward text arrangement of the Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner! screen when viewed in a Traditional/Simplified Chinese language setting. (PC) Fixed the clipping issue when you equip the Bunny Express Warehouse Hoodie with certain mask items. ※ Please keep in mind the features and updates shown 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 Test Server: Normal Match Erangel / Miramar / Paramo AS region: Squad – TPP NA region: Squad – FPP Live Server: Normal Match Erangel / Miramar / Taego / Sanhok / Vikendi → Paramo We’re swapping out Vikendi’s cold weather for Paramo’s ancient and molten lava. Get ready to get burnt! Live Server: Ranked Erangel / Miramar / Taego Map ratio has changed to the following to have Taego appear more frequently: Erangel 40% / Miramar 40% / Taego 20% → Erangel 40% / Miramar 30% / Taego 30%. Ranked – Season 18 Gear up and start afresh in Ranked – Season 18! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/70bd1bd3d9366d0e1cf289f6c9a84092c01910ed.jpg Console Ranked Squad – FPP is no longer available in NA and EU regions as the monitored number of sessions during the previous Season was not enough to sustain the queue. Season 17 Rewards Don’t forget to pick up the rewards you’ll be receiving based on your final Tier from the previous season. (season 18 parachute image) Tier Season 17 Reward List Bronze Bronze PUBG ID Emblem Silver Silver PUBG ID Emblem Gold Gold PUBG ID EmblemRanked Parachute Skin Platinum Animated Platinum PUBG ID EmblemRanked Parachute Skin Diamond Animated Diamond PUBG ID EmblemRanked Parachute Skin Master Animated Master PUBG ID EmblemAnimated Master NameplateRanked Parachute Skin Top 500 Bonus rewards for Top 500 players:Animated Top 500 PUBG ID EmblemAnimated Top 500 Nameplate {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/a1990c0e6adec4be7752ac797c837941d47eaec6.jpg TheParachute Skin is a permanent reward. The rest of the obtainable rewards are available for use during a single Ranked Season. Rewards can be found in your Inventory once Season 18 starts. Once Season 18 is over and the server undergoes maintenance, every reward but the Parachute Skin will be withdrawn from the Inventory. Item Spawn Balance We have received reports that heal items were difficult to find in Erangel and Miramar Normal Matches since the ite...PUBG DUCK RIDER CHALLENGEMay 19, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/2f0720e20df2cf35f3a3169f22fdbe07bce08cae.png Hello players! Got some top-tier landing skills? Then you’ve arrived at the perfect event. Along with the new B.Duck update at Sanhok for Update 17.2, we’ve prepared a special Duck Rider Challenge! Land on top of one of the B.Ducks’ fluffy heads using your parachute, capture and upload a screenshot/video of that moment, and earn the chance to take home ducky rewards! HOW TO PARTICIPATE Parachute your way through Sanhok and land on top of one of the four B.Ducks’ heads. Take a screenshot or video of yourself. Upload the screenshot/video to your social media account on one of the following platforms. Twitter Instagram Facebook Regional platforms Please include the following information along with your entry: Your PUBG in-game nickname Your platform (ex. Steam, KAKAO, Xbox, etc.) Required hashtags #PUBGDuckRider Regional hashtags REWARDS {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/c41fa89bfc0ba720eb3dbdcfdbfaa2b28a7c043d.png 1,000 winners chosen from the submitted entries will receive a B.Duck spray. 100 additional winners chosen from the 1,000 winners will receive five B.Duck weapon skins.EVENT SCHEDULE ※ The following dates are subject to change. Updates will be given in the event of date changes. EVENT SUBMISSION PERIOD PUBG Duck Rider Challenge will be available during the following period. Please remember winners will only be chosen from submissions made within the event period! PDT: May 19, 12 AM – May 31, 12 AM CEST: May 19, 9 AM – May 31, 9 AM KST: May 19, 4 PM – May 31, 4 PMWINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT PDT: June 7, 12 AM CEST: June 7, 9 AM KST: June 7, 4 PM IMPORTANT NOTES A single PUBG account may participate only ONCE in this event. As long as it’s a game mode where the B.Duck update is applied, you are eligible to participate in this event. Only entries submitted through the provided platforms above (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) will be eligible. Your social media post is required to be PUBLIC (everyone can see it) without any viewer restrictions during the event period and until rewards are granted. Participants who submit screenshots/videos that are not their own will be immediately disqualified and have their rewards withdrawn even after receival. WE ADVISE YOU TO NOT CHANGE YOUR PUBG NICKNAME AFTER PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT AS THERE MAY BE DIFFICULTIES DURING THE PROCESS OF GRANTING YOUR REWARD(S). Your screenshots/videos may be used in KRAFTON and/or PUBG’s official channels. Therefore, please hold on to your original files as we may ask for them later on! The winners announcement in our official homepage and community pages may include your social media’s link/nickname/content. The winners’ screenshots/videos can be used by the company for promotional purposes, and the screenshots/videos may be transformed freely during the process. Thank you. PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS Team Dev Letter: Animation RefreshMay 17, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/ba94de2cf97f41a46ab9bfe947871002eba961e0.jpg Today, we're showing off the animation refresh coming soon to PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS. We wanted to take the current animations and infuse them with the desperate struggle for survival that PUBG has become known for. The goal is that the intensity and tension that the player feels in every match is also reflected through their avatar. We understand that longtime players who are already familiar with the existing character animations and movements might be concerned about adapting to the new ones. However, no timings have been altered during this process, and the weapon handling should feel exactly the same. It's more like a fresh coat of paint on your trusty Dacia. It looks new but handles just like you remember. Again, we focused on minimizing the impact on your gameplay. PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS' unique gunplay elements remain the same and animations were only altered to improve accuracy, add intensity and weight, and allow it to be expressed in action. Take a look at the details below! FPP Motion Refresh Weapon Animation Previously, most of the action when handling or reloading a weapon happened off-screen. Reloading a gun allows players to better see the weapons they have skins for and have been working hard to customize, so we made more parts of it visible on the screen. Furthermore, we changed the character's movements to be more aggressive to make them feel more substantial. Sprint Locomotion As mentioned in the weapon animation, most of the character's actions were happening off-screen when running with a weapon. Now the weapon's position has been raised to make it more visible. In addition, more intensity has been added to the weapon movement, which we think is more satisfying. TPP Motion Refresh Run and Walk, Start and Stop The previous character movement was generally stable and consistent but without a convincing transfer of weight to speed. In other words, we had room to add some realistic movements, so we added more weight to the character's actions and made them more visible when changing speed. Melee Attacks Prior to the update, the melee attacks had some jitter and were evenly timed. We tried to make it more seamless and natural, and we think this helps make the action look and feel more powerful. We're always looking for ways we can improve the game without affecting the core feel players have gotten used to, so we hope you're as pleased with these changes as we are. As always, we look forwards to your feedback and we'll see you on the Battlegrounds! PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS Team Introduction to the PUBG Nations Cup 2022May 13, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/dafdd85d8553cf5197ad2321b812653da39d2dd5.png Hello PUBG Esports fans! The long-awaited return of the PUBG Nations Cup is near! On June 16th, 16 National squads with the best players from their region will be gathering in Bangkok, Thailand to prove which nation is the finest among the best. PUBG Nations Cup 2022 Full Line-up We believe many of our beloved PUBG Esports fans have been following the news on each national roster. Here is the full lineup of PNC 2022! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/196735e45c34de7cb39c5095268c82729f9f61b6.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/d8b6bf6449a67af99814240c351531a19d237591.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/709bade5ed5c55acbdd9618483c5dc3bf0436620.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1b64e88817d8f324e09e6ef1090ff1683e490d6e.png Tournament Structure {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/f9b6529a16867292ba433732db7ef17b3b4f52a0.png Main Match The Match event of the PNC 2022 will take place on June 16 ~ 19th. There will be 5 matches per day with a total of 20 matches with only Erangel and Miramar. Rest assured, PNC 2022 will be using the S.U.P.E.R point rule system for the whole match event. Prize Pool {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/babed2255f8c320b5a70c1ac5cc6ad2ce25ce7d8.png The prize pool of PNC 2022 starts at $500,000! Plus, as always, the overall prize pool will be increased via Pick'em Challenge. The prize will be distributed based on the final rankings of the tournament. PNC 2022 Item sales profits All participating teams of PNC 2022 will benefit from the profits of the sale of PNC 2022 items! Picking up the awesome PNC 2022 gear will help support your favorite teams directly! More information on PNC 2022 Pick'em Challenge will be available in the future announcement! Stay tuned to as more information on the PUBG Nations Cup will be available at later dates! PUBG Esports Team.Reminder on Sharing AccountsMay 13, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/bf0349a592d1a74d50b603a56fec9343dfd6cf9b.jpg Hello players! Have you ever said yes to a "hey can I borrow your account so I can try out your Progressive Weapon Skin?" Well, you should always say no when it comes to sharing your account information! We've been receiving many reports on account sharing/rental actions throughout our community; so we're here today to remind you once again of the importance of protecting your account. The act of lending your account to others - this includes close friends and family members! - violates our Terms of Service. In other words, you may end up receiving harsh penalties (such as permanent bans and/or removal of PUBG Partner status) the moment your account is shared with others. Posts prompting and/or suggesting account sharing uploaded to official PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS community channels will be taken down without notice; and of course, you'll be receiving penalties if you happen to host/participate in such activities. You will bear full responsibility for your account's activities - regardless of the situation, you'll be facing heavy penalties once your account is found to have gone through actions that go against our rules. The mentioned penalties will not be lifted from your account even if you were unaware of your account activities made by others. So just remember one thing: never let others use your account! Thank you. PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS Team Special & Prime Gaming Rewards - May 2022May 10, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6c8f9f52a448873983768713da3b2d29b3fa6ec7.jpg Welcome to the May Special Drops announcement. Once again, we’re back again with some unique rewards for everyone who logs into the game this time. That’s right! Simply by logging in to the game every day, you can make all the rewards your own. In addition, the monthly update for Prime Gaming is also in the plan, so check them out now! Special Drops There will be two different Special Drops events for both PC and Console platforms. PC PDT: May 11 2022, 0 AM – May 31 2022, 0 AM CEST: May 11 2022, 9 AM – May 31 2022, 9 AM KST: May 11 2022, 4 PM – May 31 2022, 4 PM Console PDT: May 19 2022, 0 AM – June 8 2022, 0 AM CEST: May 19 2022, 9 AM – June 8 2022, 9 AM KST: May 19 2022, 4 PM – June 8 2022, 4 PM Special Drops 2: Contraband Coupon Party PC PDT: May 25 2022, 0 AM – June 7 2022, 0 AM CEST: May 25 2022, 9 AM – June 7 2022, 9 AM KST: May 25 2022, 4 PM – June 7 2022, 4 PM Console PDT: June 2 2022, 0 AM – June 15 2022, 0 AM CEST: June 2 2022, 9 AM – June 15 2022, 9 AM KST: June 2 2022, 4 PM – June 15 2022, 4 PM Read on and learn how to receive rich rewards for every event! Special Drops 1: PUBG Marathon! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/e8b8c64b13c6da4ec9209fd109cd963530ea556c.jpg Event Mission Clear the following daily missions during the event period shown above to collect, and exchange points for various rewards! Mission Points Survive for 30 minutes. This includes spectating your duo/squad members. 40 Travel a total of 600 meters on Parachute. 30 Finish in the Top 20. 30 Event Rewards You can exchange the points you have acquired through missions for these rewards shown below. Points 450 400 350 300 Item Seafoam Backpack (Level 3) Seafoam Sleeveless Hoodie Seafoam Shorts Seafoam Shoes Special Drops 2: Contraband Coupon Party {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/8c0e327a3d4a5025366f430a8345430d370c1e5e.jpg Event Mission Clear the following daily missions during the event period shown above to collect, and exchange points for various rewards! Mission Points Survive for 30 minutes. This includes spectating your duo/squad members. 40 Loot a total of 150 items. 30 Use a total of three Bandages. 30 Event Rewards You can exchange the points you have acquired through missions for these rewards shown below. Points 400 400 200 200 Item Contraband Coupon x10 Contraband Coupon x10 Contraband Coupon x5 Contraband Coupon x5 Prime Gaming Rewards – May {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/d62f605e17d13329ccbe70c626d8d5dd1adaa69b.jpg Premium Supply Pack #4 Silver G-Coin Box Contraband Coupon x10 Polymer x30 1 Level Coupon x2 15,000 BPReward Claimable Date PC & Console PDT: May 26 2022, 5 PM – June 23 2022, 5 PM CEST: May 27 2022, 2 AM – June 24 2022, 2 AM KST: May 27 2022, 9 AM – June 24 2022, 9 AM How to Claim Rewards Access our Prime Gaming page. Click the “Claim Now” button below the claimable reward. Sign in to or sign up for an Amazon Prime account. You need an Amazon account to sign up for Prime. If you don’t...May Store Update 2022May 10, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5d11640ca28a4c380c2b668602814e2242701386.png Hello players! With this Store update you’ll be able to explore the unknown, perhaps turn into a duck, or dress up for spring and much more! Also, departures are set for several collaborative skins this month so make sure you don’t miss out! New Items and Skins ※ The sales periods shown below are subject to change. Survivor Pass: Galaxy Squad Galaxy Squad never surrenders! Dominate PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS and the galaxy with the new Survivor Pass. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/7459687c10b07e9df607cf2d49010c47c09dcea6.png Items List Set SURVIVOR PASS: GALAXY SQUAD WEAPON & LEVEL PACK (3270 G-COIN) SURVIVOR PASS: GALAXY SQUAD WEAPON PACK (990 G-COIN) Sales Period: PC PDT: May 10, After live server maintenance – July 5, 7 PM CEST: May 11, After live server maintenance – July 6, 4 AM KST: May 11, After live server maintenance – July 6, 11 AM Console PDT: May 19, After live server maintenance – July 14, 2 AM CEST: May 19, After live server maintenance – July 14, 11 AM KST: May 19, After live server maintenance – July 14, 6 PM Cyber Threat AWM Value Pack Dress your AWM with the Cyber Threat skin and pick up some bonus G-COIN along the way. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/986bb23cb869dcd7c4e8223914567f822a7c1b07.jpg Items List PC Set (Steam, KAKAO) Cyber Threat AWM Value Pack ($9.99) Console Set PUBG – Cyber Threat AWM Value Pack (1,100 G-Coin) ($9.99) Sales Period: PC PDT: May 10, After live server maintenance – July 5, 7 PM CEST: May 11, After live server maintenance – July 6, 4 AM KST: May 11, After live server maintenance – July 6, 11 AM Console PDT: May 19, After live server maintenance – July 14, 2 AM CEST: May 19, After live server maintenance – July 14, 11 AM KST: May 19, After live server maintenance – July 14, 6 PM Collaboration Skin: B.Duck Quack! Turn yourself into B.Duck and try going for a swim with the rubber duck residing in Sanhok’s river. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/85174412173575766efec4b856bcdb631a53a608.png Items List Set B.Duck Costume & Spray Bundle (1990 G-COIN) B.Duck Helmet Set (1000 G-COIN) B.Duck Weapon Set (1980 G-COIN) Individual Items B.Duck – DP28 (990 G-COIN) B.Duck – Beryl M762 (990 G-COIN) B.Duck – PP-19 Bizon (990 G-COIN) B.Duck – Skorpion (500 G-COIN) B.Duck – Pan (990 G-COIN) Sales Period: PC PDT: May 17, After live server maintenance – August 9, 7 PM CEST: May 18, After live server maintenance – August 10, 4 AM KST: May 18, After live server maintenance – August 10, 11 AM Console PDT: May 19, After live server maintenance – August 10, 9 PM CEST: May 19, After live server maintenance – August 11, 6 AM KST: May 19, After live server maintenance – August 11, 1 PM Spring Collection Stop by and take a look at our Spring collection of elegancy, divinity, and pleasant strolls at the park. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/7e8d39597de87b6d638eb14cbc6566d5fa6c969b.png Items List Set Spring Walk Outfit Set (600 G-COIN) Spring Evening Outfit Set (1250 G-COIN) Spring Str...PUBG update 17.2 will let you 1v1 your matesMay 3, 2022 - The LoadoutIn an intense battle royale like PUBG, winning those one-on-one gunfights can be the difference between a Chicken Dinner or a smashed keyboard. To help you train for these scenarios, and to also bring a gladiatorial vibe to the game, PUBG update 17.2 is going to introduce a 1v1 training arena. In the update, Training Mode will receive a new space for you to practice with a 1v1 arena that pits you against another solo player for a quick best-of-three. Each round will last just 60 seconds, with the sole goal of eliminating your opponent first. You can go in with whatever guns and equipment you have on you, so it's perfect for getting to grips with new or recently-balanced weapons. Or it can just be a big ego boost before you're next PUBG ranked match. If you want to merely watch some brutal 1v1s and don't fancy stepping in the arena yourself, you can also spectate from the sidelines. Similarly to Call of Duty Warzone's gulag, you can look over the action as it plays out, and you can even cause confusion by throwing apples into the arena. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Next week's PUBG update sees the return of original Sanhok PUBG reveals 2022 roadmap plans as battle royale turns five PUBG adds a spotter scope and it sounds incredibly overpowered Patch Notes - Update 17.2May 3, 2022 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5b47847e9f67e9b9c1662e760b8b808ec8f8ae42.jpg 17.2 Highlights Live Maintenance Schedule PC May 11, specific time to be updated. Console PDT: May 18, 9 PM – May 19, 4 AM CEST: May 19, 6 AM – 1 PM KST: May 19, 1 PM – 8 PM ※ 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 issuesㄹ Tactical GearSpotter Scope {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/d49d008422aed91fad7dec3e5f040c2231866836.jpg The previous Patch Notes hinted some big and small changes were soon to come to the Spotter Scope. The Spotter Scope and its automatic features of marking and following enemies continue to show overly strong performance, causing more stress than enjoyable experiences to our players. Therefore, starting from this update, you shall now be able to meet the following, healthier changes: The enemy detection range has been changed from 1000m → 600m. The white passive marker will NOT appear automatically in ADS mode. It now requires you to hold the Fire key to begin scanning for enemies. Once a scan begins, a meter will appear on the screen and start to fill up. It will take up a second for the scan meter to fill up completely. Exiting ADS mode during a scan will cancel the scanning process altogether and require you to start again from the beginning. Once the scan meter is full, passive marker(s) will then appear on enemies within the Spotter Scope’s field of view. However, enemies who enter the Spotter Scope’s field of view after a scan is complete will not be marked. Passive markers will also appear on enemies hiding within smoke. You may initiate and complete as many scans as you’d like in ADS mode. A new scan can not begin while a scan is already in progress. When you complete a new scan, the previous set of passive markers is overwritten with a new one. There is no time limit to the duration of passive markers and they will continue to mark enemies even when enemies hide in smoke or foliage, but passive markers will disappear when marked enemies hide behind solid cover such as trees or buildings, or when they exit the Spotter Scope’s field of view, or if you stop using the Spotter Scope. You can also choose to tap the Fire key instead of holding it to perform a different function – tapping the fire button when passive marked enemies are within your field of view and positioned in the center rectangle of the Spotter Scope will change passive markers to red active markers. The red active marker now marks enemies individually for 3 seconds. After 3 seconds, the active markers will turn back to passive ones if the enemies are still within the Spotter Scope’s field of view. Otherwise, the marks will completely vanish altogether. If you tap the Fire key when you’ve already changed passive markers to active, you can extend the duration of your existing active markers. Active markers will disappear as soon as enemies are out of sight – this includes when they hid...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.