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Update #29 - Now Live!May 22, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/1c6631a8fec126f581838ffdbdab1f7759a990fb.jpg Update #29 is now available on live servers. Patch #29 is live and with it comes our 2nd Vikendi loot rebalance, new spawn kit options when creating Custom Matches and a brand new Tactical Map Marker system for communicating with your duo partner or squadmates. For a brief overview on this update’s highlights you can watch the Patch Report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ySjIfmRInw In this update, Vikendi was balanced to be friendlier to mid & long range firefights with increased ARs, SRs, and DMRs, plus the addition of the MK47 Mutant for that extra burst of firepower. For more details on what was tweaked, fixed and upgraded, read our detailed Patch Update #29 Notes. In addition to the changes to the game, a new round of Broadcaster Royale skins are available for purchase. You can see all of the latest Broadcaster Royale skins here. The season is almost over for Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card. You’ve only got a few short weeks left to complete missions and earn those glorious rewards. Once it wraps on June 5th, you’ll be able to review your progress and completions on an updated interface. You’ll also be able to claim any earned XP from completed missions until June 26th. The clock is ticking, so drop into Vikendi, kit up your rifle and finish closing out those mission objectives. We’ll see you on the Battlegrounds. Broadcaster Royale Twitch Streamer Skins: Group 7May 22, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/06077288f8ef04ba9b152797b36a7143d11dc590.png Our 7th batch of skins repping your favorite Twitch streamers have arrived. Since we’ve made it to the seventh phase of Broadcaster Royale skins, seven streamers have items available including Sacriel’s Crate ($20.99) with all four of Sacriel’s items. Twitch personality skins are available between $2.99 – $9.99 each and can be purchased until 6/11 PDT until before the live server maintenance starts through in-game store. Each sale directly benefits your favorite Twitch streamer, so pick up their weapon and item skins to support them in-game and out! This group’s streamers includes: Ashek • Sacriel • Lurn • FireDragon https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/6a5c492bec2d684aeab3edea13e79553d9f37e24.png https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/6ab3b17a5f44bd9b87869516d4b502b3c6b75088.png DTN_KH • D_Rich • BierbankB https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/804dbd5f4c48c7e866bd1540ff1a93ddca27b459.png https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/7a2846a844f1c5faaedac7645712663105a383d2.pngSteam Charts: rats, rage, rain, and rendingMay 20, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Our former John (RPS in peace) has vanished in odd circumstances, last heard claiming he’ll be flying through the sky in a big metal snake, so I’m taking over this week. Not even an employee anymore and he’s still making work for me. Join me for a stroll down the hit parade to inspect last week’s top-selling games on Steam. (more…) PUBG guns/weapons [Update #29]: PUBG weapons damage stats, best weaponsMay 20, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe ever-expanding roster of PUBG guns and other weapons takes a stupendous 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. 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…) Update #29 - Patch NotesMay 15, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/92dd2d23519d498af1f5f6d1f6f12d703b481425.jpg Hi everyone, This update has a lot of exciting additions and balances. Tactical Map Markers have been added for better communication between Squad and Duo teams. We’ve added more spawn kit options in Custom Matches and Camp Jackal as a playable map in War Mode: Conquest. Our largest focus in this patch was rebalancing aspects of Vikendi. Following feedback on our first round of Vikendi rebalancing, we have tweaked the spawn rates to better equip players for long range fights. In addition to info on the updates, with Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card winding down we’ve got details on how long you have to collect your XP and rewards, so definitely jump in there for the last few weeks and complete as many missions as you can. We’ve got several new UI improvements and general Quality of Life improvements across the game. You can get all the details on the changes and additions made in #Update 29 below. Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card End-date of Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card will end on June 5th, when live servers enter maintenance.You will have until June 26th to claim earned rewards and purchase items from the coupon shop. See the Grace Period section below for more information.Premium Pass and Level Up Tickets can only be purchased and up until live server maintenance on June 5th.Time remaining for the Survivor Pass will be displayed in-game for two weeks prior to the end-date.When purchasing Survivor Pass Premium, players will be shown the pass end date to confirm whether they want to purchase the pass. Results Summary Once the Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card ends, you can view your achievements and detailed information about acquired rewards, levels achieved, and mission status on the results page.Additional informationYou can check your achievement completion percentage for each mission type (Daily, Weekly, Beginner, Premium) from the Missions tab.You can view the total amount of rewards acquired on the Rewards tab. Grace Period There will be a grace period for claiming rewards and XP once the Survivor Pass ends, from June 5 until June 26 (prior to Live Server maintenance).Level-Up tickets cannot be used during the Grace Period (after the pass ends) but will remain in your inventory and available for use during future passes.XP for completed missions can be claimed by using the Claim All button until June 26 (prior to Live Server Maintenance).Coupon Shop will be open until June 26 (until Live Server maintenance).Remaining coupons will expire once the Coupon Shop is closed.Gameplay Vikendi 2nd Rebalance https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/1c6631a8fec126f581838ffdbdab1f7759a990fb.jpg We have had ongoing discussions about how to make Vikendi more attractive to players since the First Vikendi Item Spawn Rebalance in January. We have conducted several internal tests and reviewed playe...Steam Charts: Getting Dishy With The Fishy EditionMay 13, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun WARNING: If you’re reading this, there is a very strong chance you’re looking at news on your favourite game. Please, it’s imperative you click on to discover crucial information. (more…) Tencent kills off PUBG Mobile in China, replaces it with a patriotic versionMay 8, 2019 - PC GamerAfter more than a year of waiting for approval from Chinese regulators to monetize the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, publisher Tencent has shut down the test version of the game, updating it to a more patriotic version called 'Game for Peace.' Tencent says Game for Peace “pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard our country’s airspace” and has a counter-terrorism theme. However, Reuters reports that Weibo users have described the game as being similar to PUBG in almost every way, except for the blood and gore. Now, instead of dying, characters fall down briefly, then get back up and wave goodbye. However, Weibo users have noted that when they update their version of PUBG to Game for Peace, the progression they've made in PUBG transfers over. Tencent has made enough changes with Game for Peace to pass muster with China’s regulators, allowing the company to charge for in-game items. Players in China will still be able to access the PC version of PUBG through Steam, which operates in a somewhat grey regulatory area there. Steam Charts: Blood From A Four-Year-Old EditionMay 6, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun OK, two things on the agenda. Firstly, I’m heading off on my expedition to attempt to break the Curse Of Steam Charts for the next couple of weeks. I’m returning to Ursidae, Caniformia, to find that ancient temple once more and attempt to appease the enraged spirit of Horace. Hopefully we’ll never speak again! Secondly, Toby’s back! This week’s Steam Charts are brought to you through the filter of a four year old who was really excited about doing this again, but then got into a right grump about it as soon as we started. But his naming skills remain as excellent as ever. (more…) Steam Charts: Oh So This Is A Thing EditionApr 29, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Haha, that was funny last week wasn’t it! Remember how we did that whole bit where I had left RPS, but then I was still stuck writing Steam Charts? Heh, they do some good goofs at this site. Anyway, let’s… (more…) PUBG guns/weapons [Update #28]: best guns, PUBG weapon stats, AWM nerf, MP5K statsApr 25, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunPUBG’s ever-expanding roster of guns and other weapons takes quite a bit of time to truly learn and master. With each gun featuring unique behaviours, stat lines, spray patterns and other quirks – and with Update 28 bringing a few additional tweaks to the damage of various sniper rifles, we thought it high time to update our PUBG guns & weapons guide with all the latest 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 an more experienced player who just wants to check up a few new SR statistics, we’ve got what you need. (more…) Limited Time Broadcaster Royale Twitch Streamer Skins: Group 6Apr 24, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/95c69d385525eab4208bf5fb3f8c8a919fa737c2.png Group 6 of the Twitch streamer skins are here, featuring two of the most demanded personalities to ever join the Battle Royale, chocoTaco and WackyJacky101! Because you demanded it, this group of items includes the first ever Broadcaster Royale Parachute skin for chocoTaco! Skins are available for between $2.99-$9.99 each and can be purchased until May 14th, 2019 PST before the server maintenance starts. through the game client. Each sale directly benefits the Twitch streamer, so pick up your favorite skins and support them in-game and out! This group’s streamers: chocoTaco • Just9n • SHROUD • WackyJacky101 https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/d5ec002f0ba2e8974749f077bf2cc066e96b6a96.png https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/e20cfd057ac695671aa22002cddb82c944acdcd4.png Viewers looking to support their favorite streamers can click the #BroadcasterRoyale menu in the in-game store to purchase and see all streamer items available.Update #28 - Now Live!Apr 24, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsUpdate #28 is now available on live servers. Update #28 brings weapon progression to PUBG in the form of Weapon Mastery, a new batch of Broadcaster Royale skins and the awaited loot increase we promised on Erangel. You can get all of the details on Weapon Mastery in our recent Dev Letter, Introducing: Weapon Mastery. Watch the Patch Report to see an overview of the changes that came in this update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTiVn6x9Cco For more information on what was fixed, tweaked and added, read our detailed Patch Update #28 Notes. Patch #28 debuts Weapon Mastery to the world. Get complete stats and cool charms for your entire arsenal as you build up your skill level on each of PUBG’s signature guns. You’ll want to dive into Weapon Mastery here to discover all of the ways you can earn medals, charms and, of course, bragging rights. The much demanded chocoTaco skins are now available as part of Broadcaster Royale Group 6. SHROUD, WackJacky and more also debut new items and cosmetics so you can drop onto the Battlegrounds in style. Read about all of the new Broadcast Royale looks here. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/d5ec002f0ba2e8974749f077bf2cc066e96b6a96.png https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/e20cfd057ac695671aa22002cddb82c944acdcd4.png As promised as part of the rebalance of Erangel, there is now a lot more to be looted on the original Battlegrounds map. Jump into the game now to find your gun, gear and your next target. We can't wait to hear your feedback! Enjoy the update. - The PUBG TeamPUBG is no longer banned in NepalApr 23, 2019 - PC GamerUpdate: Nepal's Supreme Court has issued a temporary order to halt the ban of PUBG (cheers, The Himalayan Times), which had been banned by the government on April 11.  The court issued the order in response to a petition from a group of lawyers sent to the Prime Minister and argues that playing PUBG is a freedom protected by the constitution, and that the government needs to first prove that the ban is reasonable. In this case, the Supreme Court determined that it is not, and that maintaining the ban would infringe on people's freedom.  Original story: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is banned in Nepal effective today, according to a report in the Kathmandu Post. The move comes after the Nepal Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation with the Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday. A day later, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority has called for all ISPs and mobile service providers to block the game. "We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children,” Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh told the Kathmandu Post. “We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game.” Singh went on to say that the move was inspired by advice from psychiatrists. "Parents and schools had complained that the game was affecting their children’s studies and making them more aggressive," he said. "When we consulted with psychiatrists, they also said that the violence in the game can make people aggressive in real life.” According to a report in the Kathmandu Post dating from 2016, the three most popular competitive games at the time were Dota 2, Counter Strike: GO and FIFA 16. The Nepal ban follows a similar shortlived ban on PUBG Mobile in parts of India earlier this year. PUBG made $920 million in 2018, most of it from PCApr 23, 2019 - PC GamerPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' first full year since the 1.0 launch earned PUBG Corp $920 million in revenue and $310 million in profit, the publisher announced in its 2018 financials. The battle royale left Steam Early Access at the end of 2017, and by June last year it boasted more than 400 million players across all platforms.  Analyst Daniel Ahmad shared some of the revenue details, originally translated by Sinonobu, on Twitter. The bulk of the revenue still comes from PC, despite the mobile version alone quickly becoming just as popular as Fortnite. PC contributed around $790 million in revenue, which is a 314 percent increase over the previous year, with mobile and consoles lagging behind quite a lot, with $65 and $60 million respectively.  With 200 million players as of last December, the mobile figures might be a great deal higher, but Tencent developed and published PUBG Mobile, not PUBG Corp. It's free to play, unlike the PC and console versions, though it still has microtransactions. 53 percent of the revenue comes from players in Asia, where PUBG isn't even close to ceding its crown to Fortnite. And that's excluding Korea, which accounts for more revenue than all of Europe and nearly as much as North America. Its popularity might seem to have dwindled a bit in the face of competition from Fortnite and, more recently, Apex Legends, but that's clearly not the case everywhere. Cheers, GamesIndustry.biz. Steam Charts: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO EditionApr 22, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hello, and welcome to RPS’s weekly round-up of the top selling games on Steam for the last weeeeee… WHAT? (more…) Update #28 - Patch NotesApr 17, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/1b856aa2e3a4b7c9e0229b4386aadc898a78afd8.jpg Hi everyone, Update #28 is now available on live servers! PUBG’s latest update introduces our brand new feature Weapon Mastery! Weapon Mastery is a progression system that allows players to earn free rewards as they level up their gunplay skills. As part of Weapon Mastery we are also debuting Medals for players who perform awesome feats during their matches. In addition to our latest feature, we’ve taken your feedback from our first round of Erangel loot rebalances and made adjustments. Speaking of adjustments, based on player feedback we have reduced the difficulty on a number of missions for Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card, including the elimination of a few missions deemed too difficult to complete. There are a number of updates to how you can interact with items in the store, interface improvements for squads and over two dozen bug fixes. Read on for more details on all of the changes and improvements. Mid-Update Hotfixes 05/01/2019Reverted Update #28 changes which applied borderless while in the lobby, when the selected Display-Mode setting was set to fullscreen Fixed an issue where lower resolutions would not stretch correctly Fixed a hitching issue in the early stages of a match Fixed an issue where players could create an additional floating charm Fixed a character model issue when using emotes while rotating the mouse in FPP Fixed an issue with Anti-Aliasing & Post-Processing on lower performance PCs Fixed an issue where the text for the PCL jacket was incorrect New Feature: Weapon Mastery Weapon Mastery has been added, a new feature that allows players to check their gun stats and earn rewards based on their skills! https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/b0bffbf7fcafd058f9f1886c521adc8e79fca7c4.jpg New Progression SystemWeapon Mastery is a new progression system where players can increase levels by gaining weapon XP based on players’ weapon use.It operates all the time without being affected by seasons.Weapon Mastery offers 100 levels for players to achieve per weapon.In the lobby, players can check their weapon use information, last match results, and the rewards they acquired thus far through the newly created Mastery tab.Weapon Mastery RewardsThere are three types of Weapon Mastery rewards. These rewards can only be acquired through Mastery achievement.CharmsCharms are accessories that can be equipped to weapons.New charm can achieved at every five levels of progression per weapon.Charms can be used with any weapon skins.Acquired charms can be equipped/unlocked in the rewards page. Equipped charms can be seen in-game.Charms cannot be traded, sold, or exchanged for BP.MedalsMedals highlight awesome accomplishments players perform with their weapons.Each medal can be earned multiple times. There is even a counter that tracks how many medals have been achieved.Tier EmblemsPlayers can ea...Introducing: Weapon MasteryApr 15, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/0e66b83c4bef8528d90dbd58254a4f22a63f7b26.png Hello Players! Late last year, PUBG Corporation formed a new Mastery initiative dedicated to improving and evolving how progression works on the Battlegrounds. Since then, we’ve been heads down working to establish a cohesive progression system that feels true to the PUBG experience and rewarding to you, the players. After months of planning and development, we’re stoked to finally reveal our first class of progression: Weapon Mastery. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/25cf05ea682fdf84ae8bff1b729ad4b0997738f3.jpg What is Weapon Mastery? Weapon Mastery is a brand new progression feature in PUBG with unique, free rewards. Our goals for Weapon Mastery are simple, give players an avenue for improving their weapon skills and celebrate the journey along the way. After Weapon Mastery goes live, you’ll notice every weapon now has a series of levels that players can progress through by dealing damage and defeating opponents. It’s important to note however that both strategy and precision also have an influence on how quickly you level up your weapons. Weapon Mastery aims to encourage healthy play in PUBG where both weapon skill and the effort to be the last man standing are rewarded in tandem. TL;DR: Shoot enemies, stay alive, get cool stuff. Progressing in Weapon Mastery https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/40e54cc55d61c97ea03083a9fb8a397ec5ec34af.png You can progress through Weapon Mastery levels by earning Weapon XP in matches. Hitting difficult shots, surviving longer and defeating more enemies will all earn you Weapon XP at a faster rate. After every ten levels on a weapon, you will be promoted to the next Mastery Tier (there are 10 tiers total). Gaining levels and tiers in Weapon Mastery will result in unlocking the rewards content the system has to offer. The farther you progress, the more there is to unlock. In order to help you track your progression, we’ve included a new Last Match screen where you can see your earned Weapon XP, weapon stats, and earned rewards from the previous game you’ve played. Mastery Menu https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/77442ea966577c33378d67e23870c45faa7350d5.png We’ve bundled the Last Match screen and everything else related to weapon progression under this new menu. The Mastery Menu will serve as the new home for all progression content from the Mastery team. In this version, you’ll be able to view weapon stats, see your earned medals and track your rewards progress on each weapon. Earning Rewards Speaking of rewards, Weapon Mastery features a number of new things to unlock and collect, all of which are free to those who earn them. No Weapon Mastery content will ever be purchasable, so be prepared to work for this specialized loot. Giving players the opportunity to show off thei...Steam Charts: Grand Finale EditionApr 15, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It has happened. The day spoken of in legend. After two years, I am finally to be set free of the Curse Of Steam Charts. All its taken is entirely leaving my job in four days time to end this purgatory. The only decision left is to whom I shall pass this vexation. That, and how to avoid mentioning the actual games for one more week. And this time I’ve come up with a self-indulgent doozy. (more…) It's now a crime to play Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in NepalApr 12, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun According to reports from multiple Nepalese news sites, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has been banned in Nepal. Permission was granted by Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday, the very same day that the Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation asking for a ban, on the grounds that the game was “having a negative effect on the behaviour and study of children and youths”. Justice, as they say, is swift. (more…) Mark Your Calendars: PEL Kick-Off Cup Is Coming April 30Apr 9, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe week-long competition will award $125,000 in prizes to the best teams in Europe. https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/0d02bd8f09362d2bef8d9803e4a2d32e10d59908.png https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ66tH2LREw The next stop on the PUBG esports calendar is just around the corner. The PEL Kick-Off Cup will take place from April 30 - May 5 and will be the first clash between the European region’s two main divisions: PEL and PEL Contenders. A total of 32 PUBG Europe teamswill participate in the PEL Kick-Off Cup with $125,000 on the line. All 16 PEL teams from Phase 1 Kick-Off will fill half of the tournament slots. The other berths will be awarded to the top 16 teams from PEL Contenders Phase 1. The Kick-Off Cup should offer a glimpse into how the two divisions match-up and a preview to PEL Phase 2, when promotion and relegation between the PEL and PEL Contenders divisions will come into play. PEL Kick-Off Cup format In the tournament’s group stage, the 32 teams will be split into two groups of 16 teams each: Both Groups will have 8x PEL Contender teams and 8x PEL teams. From each group, the top 8 teams will advance to the final stage of the tournament, where we will find out who reigns over Europe. There will be 24 total matches in the group stage, played from April 30 to May 2. Eight matches will be played every day of the group stage, with each group playing four total. Group A matches start at 12:00 CEST and Group B matches start at 17:30 CEST. Once the top 16 from the group stage are decided, the final stage’s 12 matches will start May 3 and conclude May 5 with the crowning of the Kick-Off Cup champion. Participants: PEL Teams https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/2a8a815d45de12d477c6d1d09ce39bc49f702818.png Participants: PEL Contenders Teams https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/27971017/59f1d973b4193241914979eee4a30f6b69d2d909.png Points will be awarded based on the revised SUPER guidelines and competitive format currently in use for PEL and PEL Contenders. The format rewards aggressive, kill-focused play, making for intense matches and plenty of highlights. PEL Kick-Off Cup prize pool The $125,000 prize pool will be shared between the top 8 teams as follows: 1st place – $50,000 2nd place – $22,500 3rd place – $15,000 4th-8th place – $7,500 Mark your calendars for April 30 and clear your schedule. The Kick-Off Cup will bring top level competition your way as the PUBG Esports world prepares for Phase 2. More information about the tournament will be available at a later date. Please check the PEL websiteand our social media channels for updates! Follow our social media: Twitter Facebook Youtube 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.