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Steam Charts: Falsifiable Evidence EditionSep 9, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Exciting news! Steam Charts is proud to announce it’s to be an Epic exclusive! From now on you can read your favourite article about the top selling games on Steam exclusively on the Epic Store! But don’t worry, long-term readers – you’ll still be able to read the articles right here on RPS, after just one year. Everyone’s a winner! (more…) Watch us play 21 games from the last 20 yearsSep 6, 2019 - EurogamerOK, so I know Eurogamer's actual birthday was two days ago, but as is our style, the Eurogamer video team is once again Late to the (birthday) Party. Over the past three years, we've been introducing each other to our favourite (and/or least favourite) games from yesteryear as part of our Late to the Party series. During that time we've shared our love (and/or hatred) for over one hundred and fifty different games and thanks to this, we've been able to make a compilation episode of LTTP that features one game from every year that Eurogamer has been alive. In this video, Aoife, Zoe and I are joined by some friendly video team faces from the past (who?!) as we play our way through the 20 years worth of games, including 1999's Dino Crisis, 2006's Gears of War and 2017's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Basically, if you want a healthy dose of nostalgia (or just want to feel rather old) this is the video for you! Read more Steam Charts: Paternal Doubt EditionSep 2, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun URGENT: Disparaging words have been said about the game you like by people who like the other game you don’t like. (more…) PUBG guns weapons [Update 4.1]: PUBG gun stats, best weapons in Season 4Aug 28, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe ever-expanding and ever-changing roster of PUBG guns and other weapons takes a staggering amount of time to truly master, with every single gun bringing to the table a unique set of behaviours, stats, spray patterns, and other quirks. Now well into its fourth season, PUBG prides itself on its gunplay, and its selection is larger than it’s ever been thanks to the recent addition of the punch-packing Deagle. Our PUBG guns & weapons guide seeks to level out this learning curve just a little, by providing you with all the most up to date stats and opinions on each weapon. So whether you’re new to the game and still struggling to tell an UMP from a Bizon, or you’re a more experienced player who just wants to check up a few updated stats, we’ve got what you need. (more…) Steam Charts: Subdued EditionAug 26, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Why, what’s this? Oh I say, a Steam Charts you say? How intriguing. (more…) Valve talks Steam China, curation and exclusivityAug 21, 2019 - EurogamerValve, alongside its business partner in China, Perfect World, has given us an update on the progress of Steam China today, after both companies had been silent on the topic for over a year. Eurogamer attended the brief presentation, given by Perfect World CEO Dr. Robert H. Xiao in Shanghai, where a small number of local and international press were told the companies were "one more step closer" to launching Steam China, which will be separate from the international version of Steam. A handful of launch games were revealed, including Dota 2 and Dota Underlords. There were no actual launch dates or broader windows mentioned for Steam China itself, mind, nor a look at how that storefront may shape up or any details on its features, barring the fact it'll support VR, multiplayer games, interesting games with "innovative, creative ideas," and "single-player games with abundant storylines". As far as we could tell, none of the non-Chinese launch games had official approval just yet, either. In Xiao's words, "the Steam China project is undergoing solidly and smoothly" - but what is it, exactly? As it stands, Steam is actually widely available for Chinese players already. As of right now we've tested and confirmed it's possible to buy, download and play games through the Steam store in China as usual, with no issues - and no need for a VPN. Community features, such as discussion forums, are unavailable, but otherwise the platform as it stands still acts as a huge loophole in the Chinese government's strict regulation of games. Where it might take many months of admin and applications for a game to get through the approval process - if it gets through at all - or many revisions to a game's content to ensure it meets the various Chinese standards, that same game can already be bought and played in China, unfiltered, unregistered and unchanged, on regular old Steam. Read more Playerunknown's Battlegrounds brings dynamic weather to new ErangelAug 21, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Ever-changing weather has drifted over the lovely revamped version of Erangel in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, with all manner of precipitation adding an extra touch of drama to the stag & hen weekends. The previous version of Erangel had dynamic weather and I had half-worried it might not carry over to the new but naw, we’re good. I still miss Erangel’s old full-time fog variant, even if I do accept why it had to die, so I’m glad to see this return in today’s update. (more…) Limited time Broadcaster Royale Twitch Streamer Skins: Group 9Aug 21, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/d222352986d92f18c63ed6dacb824236365ccb97.png There’s a new look on Erangel, so how about a new look for your costume skin. New streamer skins are available in the store as part of our Broadcaster Royale skins. This round features 5 more of your favorite Twitch streamers that bring it on The Battlegrounds. Skins are available for between $2.99-$9.99 each and can be purchased through the game client until Sep 10, 2019 PST before the server maintenance starts. Each sale directly benefits the Twitch streamer, so pick up your favorite skins and support them in-game and out! This group’s streamers: Edberg – spajKK – Swagger – MakataO – FeralWife https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/31d79b925cf5c0b198fb09f2917575a869f7a174.png https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/a7a1cfee1c6d9df87a92b932e0a5c4f450dfd3a3.png https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/8c44c18b27a7c1dd6468046447b17fc9ea11c262.pngUpdate 4.2 - Now Live!Aug 21, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/7f59d3f0922f1687459efb074aa0912217721b6b.jpg With our second update of the season we are bringing dynamic weather conditions to the isle of Erangel. Season 4 pushes on with Update 4.2! Erangel has been devastated by battle but a storm on the horizon is bringing even more changes to the Battlegrounds. With our second update of the season we are bringing dynamic weather conditions to the isle of Erangel. Combatants will now be forced to contend with each other while braving the elements such as wind, hail, thunderstorms, rain, and fog. Get a look at the brewing storm in our Patch Report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p72DcHPUEWs In addition to dynamic weather on Erangel, we’ve made a number of quality of life and gameplay improvements, including reducing Vikendi’s ambient wind noise, more destructible objects on Erangel, as well as a few vehicle changes. You can read all of the details on what changed in our patch notes, here: https://www.pubg.com/2019/08/14/pc-update-4-2-now-on-the-test-server/ We’re now in the thick of Survivor Pass 4: AFTERMATH, with only 8 weeks left to complete as many missions as possible! Don’t forget to check in on the status of the co-op mission system, where players are working together to complete mission goals and earn rewards. Survivor Pass 4: AFTERMATH runs until October 15th PDT ending with the live server maintenance. Any missions you’ve completed during the season will unlock even more rewards upon the purchase of the Survivor Pass, so check out your progress and see all the cool rewards you could unlock! Pick up Survivor Pass 4: AFTERMATH today and explore the Battlegrounds like never before! Prepare for rain, pack a poncho, and parachute into the battlegrounds, because update 4.2 is now live and a storm came with it.Games like Fortnite the best battle royale games you can play right nowAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Fortnite: Battle Royale, I think it’s fair to say, is the standout title of the decade-old battle royale game genre. Not since Minecraft have we seen a game enter the mainstream in this way – but that doesn’t mean Fortnite is the only battle royale out there that’s worth playing. We’ll go over just a few of the very best battle royale games like Fortnite below. Ecah of these games has been picked out for taking the genre in new directions, or adding a particular feel or flavour to the genre that we haven’t found anywhere else. If you’re looking for Fortnite alternatives, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse and colourful selection than this! (more…) All the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so farAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It’s Gamescom this week, which can only mean one thing – more confirmed ray tracing games for Nvidia’s RTX and selected GTX 16-series graphics cards. Indeed, the big one that’s just been announced is Minecraft, which (like Quake II RTX) is getting full, real-time ray tracing support for everything from water reflections to its entire lighting system. That’s not all, though. Dying Light 2 will also be getting real-time ray tracing, while Tencent’s freshly-announced action survival game Synced: Off-Planet will be getting ray-traced reflections and shadow support. In truth, the number of games on this list that you can actually play with ray tracing enabled right this second is still pretty small. A lot of the confirmed RTX games you’ll see below still haven’t received their promised ray tracing and performance-boosting DLSS support, so this is more of a complete ‘this is how many games will have it eventually’ kind of thing than ‘these are all the games you can play with ray tracing right now’. Still, if you’re currently on the fence about buying one of Nvidia’s RTX or RTX Super graphics cards as opposed to the new AMD Navi GPUs, this guide should hopefully help you decide whether ray tracing is something worth investing in. Here’s every confirmed ray tracing and DLSS game we know about so far. (more…) Steam Charts: Do As You're Told EditionAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hi, it’s me! Yeah! No, nothing’s wrong, all’s good. I was just calling to see if you wanted some Steam Charts? … STEAM CHARTS … Yeah, that’s right. No, no it’s not. You don’t? Oh, um, I already sent them over. (more…) PC Update 4.2 - Patch NotesAug 14, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/7f59d3f0922f1687459efb074aa0912217721b6b.jpg Welcome back survivors. The season continues with update 4.2, now available on the live server and a storm is raging on the Battlegrounds. Erangel's overcast weather can now produce a variety of other weather conditions on the island, from thunderstorms, to fog, to heavy winds, and even hail. While you outrun the storm, you can now plow through several new destructible traffic barricades and pylons. This patch also brings a number of quality of life improvements to gameplay and the user experience, including reduced wind volume on Vikendi. Speaking of bad weather, you can unlock the Weathered Mustang weapon skins by purchasing the premium Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath and completing missions. The Survivor Pass 4 ends on Oct 15 PDT when the game enters maintenance. Now loot that Care Package and ruin the forecast for anyone on the wrong side of your M249. Read on for more details on Update 4.2: Mid-Update Hotfixes 08/27/2019 Fixed an issue where in rare circumstances, enemy player models intermittently appear invisible at medium distances. Fixed an issue where ADS is repeatedly canceled when proning against an object. Fixed an issue where players are unable to reload when looking towards certain attachments. Fixed a graphical issue when wearing certain skins and using the SLR with a canted sight. Fixed an issue with certain skins not displaying on male character models in the item preview. Gameplay "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it." Vehicle Handling Improvements Improved vehicle handling of the Scooter, Snowmobile, Snowbike and Motorcycle with Sidecar, thus improving overall driving stability.Motorcycle with Sidecar off-road driving control and stability has been greatly improved. Altered Blue Zone Edge Visual Effect To improve the gameplay experience, the rolling shimmer effect seen while at the edge of the Blue Zone will no-longer be seen at the center of the screen where the player is aiming. Improved Visibility of Reticles Against Bright Backgrounds Visibility of all sight and scope reticles against bright backgrounds (such as Vikendi snowfields) has been slightly improved. Throwables Friction Adjustment Adjusted the friction force of throwables to make rolling movement more consistent and predictable.Smoke GrenadesFriction force has been increased to slow rolling speed and cause them to roll a shorter distance after impacting surfaces.Stun Grenades & Frag GrenadesFriction force has been decreased to speed up the rolling speed and increase distance they can travel after impacting surfaces. Vehicle Engine Toggle Vehicle engines can now be turned off/on by pressing 'Z'.The engine can be turned off while driving, after gaining momentum and can be used for quiet, tactical maneuvers.Once the engine is off, pressing 'W' to accelerate or 'Z' will start the engine again.Vehicl...Dev Letter: Sound Improvement PlanAug 12, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/6b227c6254fec16d0a7b6e0a7a9952a8352638ad.png Hello players, I'm Kyungwon Park from PUBG Sound Team. One of the most important aspects of PUBG is the sound play. The various sound effects you may hear are an extremely important factor in gameplay, as they give you key information about your enemies and the environment. Over the next several months, we'll be improving sound across the board in PUBG. Today, I would like to give you an update on those plans and what specific areas are going to be the focus in upcoming patches. It has been around 2 years since PUBG was introduced, and there have been many changes and improvements in players' gameplay styles and patterns. Our sound team thought it was a good time to evolve our sound play along with these trends, which will focus on sound effects in 6 main areas. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/00dbe7986105b6660d9b635bc18ab66b2e2d9997.png 1. Improve player QoL regarding sound 2. Adjust sound balance related to gameplay 3. Improve various character animation sounds 4. Improve gun firing sounds 5. Improve vehicle sounds 6. Improve indoor reverb sounds What's in the August Update? To start this improvement project, we are introducing two updates which will be available in August. Instant volume reducer feature Some of the game's sounds are quite a bit louder than others, such as the starting plane and red zone explosions, which can make it difficult to communicate with teammates over voice chat. Until now, players have had to use the CTRL+M mute function during these times, which cuts the sound completely. To help remedy these loud sounds without cutting off your auditory information completely, we've added a new feature that allows you to temporarily reduce sound volume at the push of a button. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X6NNdyGHiI By pressing F7 while in a match, your game's volume will be uniformly reduced by a certain percentage, allowing you to freely voice chat with teammates and still hear what is going on around you at the same time. Pressing F7 again will return the volume to the normal level. We hope this feature provides you with a more effective option for reducing sound when you need to. Volume adjustment guide feature Many PUBG players set their overall volume to very loud in order to catch even the slightest sounds, such as footsteps, made by another player as these sounds are very important in PUBG gameplay. However, this also means that loud sounds like gunfire are played even louder and can hurt a player's ears. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/5ff1ba1c408a50b7e10ce15bde6bfaf9eddaaad4.png In order to help players prepare for different volumes of sounds, we've added a "volume adjustment guide" feature. This new feature allows you to listen to the loudest sounds in the game by pressing the play button. You can then adjust th...Steam Charts: Win A Free Car Edition!Aug 12, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hello, I’m high school sweetheart, John Walker. Welcome, if you can, to Steam Charts. (more…) The PUBG Global Championship Takes Over the Golden State This NovemberAug 11, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/18abba869856f331286ce7ab2343f4a9967ec63f.jpg The PUBG Global Championship welcomes the best pro teams in the world to the battle royale tournament that’s so big, it couldn’t fit in one city. Beginning November 8 in Los Angeles, the PUBG Global Championship will put 32 teams to the ultimate test on the way to the grand final in Oakland on November 23 and 24. Through regional leagues and pro circuits, teams have been battling all year to claim a spot in the PGC tournament. The PUBG Europe League (PEL) and PUBG Korea League (PKL) will each have a whopping six pro teams at the PUBG Global Championship thanks to strong performances at PUBG Classics this year and Team South Korea’s strong performance at PUBG Nations Cup. As a city with a championship pedigree, Oakland has seen its share of legends. This November, the PUBG Global Champions will be the latest kings to receive their crowns in The Town. For the latest information on PUBG Global Championship or PUBG Esports, please visit www.pubgesports.com https://youtu.be/1dgeSv5Or7U PUBG Nations Cup - 2019 Champion Final ResultAug 11, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/011bc36d05e2cf99d468844e05a8968653c5c042.png On the final day at PUBG Nations Cup, it was all or nothing for the 16 all-star teams as they battled it out for their share of the $500,000 prize pool. Team Canada once again took the first Chicken Dinner of the day to open things up on Day 3. Team South Korea continued to showcase their consistency off the back of an incredible tournament performance by Pio. Not to be outdone, Team Russia soared up the standings to close the gap on South Korea as they lay claim to their own Chicken Dinner while racking up kills throughout the day. Culminating in a first place finish, Team Russia rose above Team South Korea to claim the title of PUBG Nations Cup Champions. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/766593cdf648c3e60672a224e3dc16b3e4651e5c.png Here are the winners of final day! Match 1 (Miramar): Team Canada (Moody, DrasseL, Kaymind, Meluke) Match 2 (Miramar): Team Japan (Dep, CiNVe, SSeeS, gabha) Match 3 (Erangel): Team Russia (ADOUZ1E, ubah, ceh9, Kemba7) Match 4 (Erangel): Team Germany (UdyrMayFire, Caint, Braexco, ItzzchrizZ) Match 5 (Erangel): Team Germany (UdyrMayFire, Caint, Braexco, ItzzchrizZ) And here are the final standings for PUBG Nations Cup 2019! https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/93d711913eb7bc2bc0b5fb07f2eedbbc8cbfdedd.png With the world's top PUBG players in a fierce battle, the PUBG Nations Cup finally comes to an end with the victory of Team Russia. Thank you for joining us this weekend, we’ll be back with more spectacular events in the future. There’s still plenty of PUBG Esports left in 2019! The focus now turns to PUBG Esports Phase 3, and PUBG Global Championship, which will wrap up this amazing year of competition in November. Thank you. https://youtu.be/1dgeSv5Or7U https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/403f6e602ff7d15874ac8dbb3474808a7917a972.jpgRussia wins Playerunknown s Battlegrounds Nations Cup, UK manages not to come lastAug 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunCompetitive Playerunknown s Battlegrounds is a strange beast. Teams rack up points across multiple games for eliminating others and being one of the last few left alive, in various amounts depending on the tournament. That usually means that you can tell who s going to win before the end, but not this time. Home team South Korea had pulled ahead early and stayed there until the last game, where Russia pipped them to the post. And down at the bottom of the table, Great Britain managed to save themselves from last place by a single point. (more…) PUBG Nations Cup - Day 2 RecapAug 10, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/0b0bf3d31107bcff6475d4400bb056bf8c2b30a4.png The second day of PUBG Nations Cup has just finished! The last Chicken Dinner winner of Day 1, Team Canada, had back-to-back Chicken Dinners from the first match today. Korea continued with strong kills and placements, despite not capturing another Chicken Dinner for the day. The United States got its first Chicken Dinner of the event, moving them up the leaderboards. Japan outlasted the competition in the 4th match of the day during an explosive city finish in Miramar to breathe some life back into their championship dreams. Thailand earned the last Chicken Dinner of the day, cementing their region as one of the strongest during PNC. Meanwhile, Russia continues to carry the rest of their region as Europe continues to struggle to adjust to the heightened competition, will they bounce back with a strong finish in Day 3? The Front Runner of the PUBG Nations Cup so far is….. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/269b1e9c11fbae758fd49131cf0611e082c6530d.png Team South Korea! Team South Korea has retained their first place position from Day 1 and is again sitting at the top of the table at the conclusion of Day 2 competition! Here are the winners of Day 2! Match 1 (Erangel): Team Canada (Moody, DrasseL, Kaymind, Meluke) Match 2 (Erangel): Team Chinese Taipei (SR, ChiaWei1031, Milk, Leo) Match 3 (Miramar): Team USA (Valliate, Sharky, Bahawaka, Zanpah) Match 4 (Miramar): Team Japan (Dep, CiNVe, SSeeS, gabha) Match 5 (Miramar): Team Thailand (ThanawatTH, DUCKMANZ, Min0Ru, shippyS) And here are the standings for PUBG Nations Cup so far! https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/3f6921e40f46f63cdfd8fdf2ebda85dbf97048b0.png The last day of PUBG Nations Cup starts tomorrow as teams battle for the $500,000 prize. You can enjoy PUBG Nations Cup in your preferred language, please visit watch.pubgesports.com to check the full schedule, scores, match stats and chat with other fans! PUBG Nations Cup Day 3 (Final day) Schedule: August 11, 1:00am PDT - 5 Matches Streaming Channel: watch.pubgesports.com PUBG Nation’s Cup is a gathering of the top superstars from all over the world in Seoul, all looking for a chance at glory and to prove that they are the best in the world. Don’t miss the moment the first champion of PUBG Nations Cup is born tomorrow. Stay Tuned! https://youtu.be/IURVIFjJs_I https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/403f6e602ff7d15874ac8dbb3474808a7917a972.jpgPUBG Nations Cup - Day 1 RecapAug 9, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/eeec2e7456fc24a5635b8931948f6ac6312e0616.png The first day of the PUBG Nations Cup has come to a close and the action was explosive here in Seoul. Starting off the day, Team Vietnam won the first game with 16 kills on Miramar. For the second match, Team Australia won with 5 kills. Next, the teams switched gears and moved to Erangel for the final 3 matches of the day, with Team Russia, Team Thailand and Team 00000 getting chicken dinners! The Front Runner of the PUBG Nations Cup so far is….. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/4ac6bd855e0488456aeb6e2b9f7939448fc9f286.png Team SOUTH KOREA! Team SOUTH KOREA has emerged as an early favorite, but Team VIETNAM is close behind. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/8509c861cf9ecd226a663fc542f6a74d5f2c68ec.png Here are the winners of Day 1! Match 1 (Miramar): Team Vietnam (Sapauu / BAsill / Nhism / Leviz) Match 2 (Miramar): Team Australia (Zoidm8 / Insight / vasili / luke12) Match 3 (Erangel): Team Russia (ceh9 / ubah / ADOUZ1E / Kemba7) Match 4 (Erangel): Team Thailand (MinORu / ThanawatTH / DUCKMANZ / shippyS) Match 5 (Erangel): Team Canada (Moody, DrasseL, Kaymind, Meluke) PUBG Nations Cup will continue tomorrow as teams battle for the $500,000 prize. You can enjoy PUBG Nations Cup in your preferred language, please visit watch.pubgesports.com to check the full schedule, scores, match stats and chat with other fans! PUBG Nations Cup Day 2 Schedule: August 10th, 1:00 PDT - 5 matches Streaming Channel: watch.pubgesports.com PUBG Nation’s Cup is a gathering of the top superstars from all over the world in Seoul, all looking for a chance at glory and to prove that they are the best in the world. Stay tuned! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IURVIFjJs_I https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/403f6e602ff7d15874ac8dbb3474808a7917a972.jpgPUBG 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.