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PCS 1 Weapon Skins - Sale ExtensionJul 6, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/4323b9bc0c032fbc31e1d240e34d5d16758e56d1.jpg Hi players, PCS 1 has wrapped up, but we're giving you more time to grab some of those awesome PCS 1 themed weapon skins and support teams who participated in the event. The sale of PCS 1 weapon skins has been extended until July 22nd 2020 for both PC and Console. Please bear in mind, that as the Pick'em event has ended, Pick'em coupons won't be provided with your purchase. 25% of the profit will be shared with the teams, of which 12.5% will be shared directly with participating teams and the other 12.5% added to the prize pool. Stay up to date on everything PUBG Esports at pubgesports.com. Here are all the confirmed ray tracing and DLSS games so farJul 2, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunRay tracing is the big buzz word of 2020 in PC gaming, so we’ve created this list of all the confirmed ray tracing games you can play on PC right now, as well which this year’s will get ray tracing support in the future. And because ray tracing tends to go hand in hand with Nvidia’s performance-boosting DLSS tech these days, we’ve also listed all the games that support DLSS, too. (more…) PUBG Continental Series 1 Broadcasting channels, talent and moreJun 24, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/dc712c7237aafd0aab5a90284dea43db1107e062.jpg Hello PUBG Esports fans! IT’S TIME. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuJrGyzxhiw The PUBG Continental Series 1(PCS1) is right around the corner and begins its journey from APAC on June 25! We’re providing English broadcasts as well as multiple other languages with the best PUBG Esports talent and casters for all the matches around the world. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/a204409fbdff67241f0fe04bef6df39539ef262b.png PCS1 Global Feed (English) Where to watch: TWITCH: https://www.twitch.tv/playbattlegrounds YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/pubg PUBG ESPORTS: https://www.youtube.com/pubgesports Map Feed: https://www.twitch.tv/pcs_map In addition to English streaming, PCS 1 broadcasts in additional languages as shown below: PCS1 APAC Broadcasting Schedules & Channels {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6317772881f07d70b46e260c826d227b251fa4b7.jpg Schedule Week 1: June 25, 27 @ 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CEST / 7pm KST Week 2: July 2, 4 @ 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CEST / 7pm KST Broadcasting Channels by languages Vietnamese https://youtube.com/PUBGVietnamOfficial https://facebook.com/PUBG.VN.Official https://www.tiktok.com/@pubg.vn.official https://youtube.com/500bros http://www.nimo.tv/djchip https://www.nimo.tv/tuitenbo https://www.nimo.tv/nhism Talent: Bomman, Viet Anh, Trong Linh, Huy Lova, CuongOT, Minh Popper, Gary La Thailand www.facebook.com/PUBG.TH.Official/ www.facebook.com/pg/EA.ESPORTSALLIANCE https://www.facebook.com/PUBGThailandProLeague/ www.twitch.tv/esports_alliance https://www.nimo.tv/esports_alliance https://tv.line.me/esportsalliance Talent: Ffame, BOM https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkIfBfDe9YeSp6ZZVyhjC5Q www.twitch.tv/FPSThailand https://www.facebook.com/MainStandTH/ Talent: voo, KirosZ, Glacius, Joke Indonesian https://facebook.com/PUBG.ID.Official https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8j92wL-v6Hpx4ERO3ECFSA Talent: Rere Breddel, Ravery, Wawamania https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_A1RMMk1yFassqiJFK8fJQ Talent: Nessa, Miko, Suppikbae Philippines https://facebook.com/PUBG.PH.Official https://facebook.com/spwnpointph Talent: Berting Magiting, Vill Global (English) https://www.twitch.tv/playbattlegrounds https://www.youtube.com/pubg https://www.youtube.com/pubgesports https://www.twitch.tv/esl_australia Talent: Zenox, Elfishguy SEA(English) https://facebook.com/PUBG.SEA.Official https://facebook.com/GeekEventsAsia https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX1h3SpvQhe-JZuS97T0arQ Talent: Play of the Jay, The Hound Simplified Chinese https://www.douyu.com/100 https://www.huya.com/660121 https://egame.qq.com/449605280 https://live.kuaishou.com/u/PUBG_Esports Talent: Msjoy, Yehao, Xinba, Xieyan, Xiaoxian, Xiaotong, Mifan, Zhaizhai, Fengzheng, Yinxi PCS1 ASIA Broadcasting Schedules & Channels {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/642231b64f04096a2c034ab932c794308f7b6fbf.jpg Schedule Week 1: June 26, 28 @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CEST Week 2: July 3, 5 @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CE...Predict the champions of PCS 1! Pick’Em Challenge is now availableJun 17, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6d72cfc77cbe764ae9d40329182a3f77b4ab632e.jpg Hello, PUBG Esports fans! With the PUBG Continental Series 1 (PCS 1), the 2020 global PUBG Esports event to name each region’s best teams is also welcoming the return of the Pick’em Challenge. The Pick’Em Challenge, first introduced during the PUBG Global Championship (PGC) 2019, offers a chance to win special items by successfully predicting the winner. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/70ebdb823034697b5ce67932cac043e3cb76142f.png Availability of PCS 1 items After the completion of the live server maintenance day on Jun. 17, 2020 – 5 p.m. on Jul. 2, 2020 (KST) Voting period: After the completion of the live server maintenance day on Jun. 17, 2020 – 6 p.m. on Jul. 2, 2020 (KST) Availability of special items in the Esports Shop with Esports Points (EPs): 11 am July 7, 2020 – 9 am July 22, 2020 (KST) Twenty-five percent of the revenue from PCS 1 items will be equally distributed among the four regional events. Exactly 12.5% of the 25% will go to the prize pool, and the other 12.5% will be allocated evenly to all participating teams. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/05d3b146306e8ba9273afcd57fcb3e781be66095.png This new Pick’Em Challenge for PCS 1 returns with bigger rewards and more fun, together with the Esports Shop and other line-ups of events. Check out the details below and FAQs and don’t miss out on your chance to get special PCS 1 items! Introducing, PUBG Esports Shop! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/fbef2193fbdad3218a15222e7244ee572d80d42c.png Starting with PCS 1, the Esports Shop is opening as an in-game space for PUBG Esports fans. You can use the shop and claim the final rewards and items from the Pick’Em Challenge with Esports Points. You can earn EPs by winning the games provided in the Pick’Em Challenge. Improved Pick’Em Challenge Event {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/50fdc6ca1c417ebdf28571dd56464fd3532e1cc9.png There are two types of Pick’Em Challenges for PCS 1, and you can earn EPs by participating in the event. 1. Predict the champion of each region! In the main game of the Pick’Em Challenge, you can predict the champion of each region with your voting coupon. If you purchase PCS 1 items, you can get up to six coupons. Also, you can have a chance to get one additional voting coupon for free while watching live broadcasts. You cannot vote for the same team twice, and you can only vote once for each team. List of the PCS 1 items: PCS 1 COMBAT SET + one voting coupon PCS 1 CLOTHING SET + one voting coupon PCS 1 – M16A4 + one voting coupon PCS 1 – MK47 MUTANT + one voting coupon PCS 1 – UMP45 + one voting coupon PCS 1 emote + one voting coupon If you win the game to predict the champions, you will get 100,000 EPs that can be used at the Esports Shop in each region. For example, if you successfully predict the champion of one region, you will be awarded 100,000 EPs, and if you predict the champion of all regions, you can get a total of 400,000 EPs. 2. Who is better? We have one more ...Update 7.3 - Now Live!Jun 17, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/b6c80abb6fd4a9ee391386979e1bbe71fb0be815.png Update 7.3 is now available on PC Live Servers and brings a variety of new changes to the Battlegrounds. Read the full patch notes here. First up, C4 is a brand new tool in your siege arsenal. With a delayed timer and a powerful shockwave that can damage and kill enemies, even through walls and cover, C4 is the explosive you need to quickly make your enemies flee their fortified buildings and scatter into your sights. Vehicle balance has gotten a big change as well. Damaged vehicles will now have a delay before they explode, giving you a short window to bail out before the boom. In addition, damage to most vehicles is now mitigated when not hitting vital areas. Other changes include some improvements to Vikendi terrain and train lines, the return of the parachute follow feature, an increase in spike trap length, and the updated Esports tab, bringing you schedules and information for the upcoming PCS1 tournament and the return of the Pick’Em Challenge. Update 7.3 is live now, so drop in and check out everything new!Ranked Mode Rewards and Season DetailsJun 17, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/c398914d07f354cf382b5cf0bb4fb4c3943994ba.jpg Hello players, Our first Ranked Season has been an exciting time for us here and it’s great to see so many people enjoy this new way to play PUBG. With just about a month left to go in the inaugural season, it’s time to talk about next season’s schedule and of course, rewards. Upcoming Ranked Season Schedule Season 7 was our first official Ranked Season and, due to some last minute changes needed, it was a little shorter than we’d initially planned. Going forward, future seasons will begin with the start of each new season and end once servers go into maintenance to begin the next season. Season 7 Ranked Mode will end once servers go into maintenance for Update 8.1. Season 8 Ranked will begin as soon as Update 8.1 goes live. Requirements for Earning Rewards Performance based rewards go hand in hand with Ranked gameplay. Once the season ends, you will receive rewards excuse to players in that season, based on the highest tier you were able to achieve. The first milestone comes from simply completing your ranked placement matches in any ranked queue and rewards you an emblem for your PUBG ID. The bulk of the rewards are reserved for players who achieve at least the Gold V tier in any ranked queue and include special Season 7 Ranked skins. How do I get my rewards? All rewards you earned from Season 7 Ranked will be sent to your account automatically once the season ends. This may take a little time due to the volume of rewards being sent out, but we expect the vast majority of rewards to be delivered within a few days of the season ending. Season 7 Ranked Mode Rewards Now onto the good stuff! There are two different categories of rewards depending on what you were able to accomplish in Season 7. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/39b9178adb3cfb388732ab11ff1875d077a30f95.jpg Here is what you’ll earn: Season 7 Tier Emblem An emblem matching your highest Season 7 Ranked tier.The top 500 players in each region will be given a special TOP 500 emblem to commemorate their outstanding achievement. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/0a13526e6c1543cfb3b4c60746a66d45b566b6d4.png Exclusive Season 7 Skins Players who reach Gold V tier or higher will be granted the Season 7 Ranked Motorcycle and Parachute skins! – One small update, we’d previously announced Nameplate rewards for your PUBG ID as well, but have now decided to excluded them from seasonal rewards. We’ve made the decision to to overhaul the PUBG ID system to be more attractive and useful for players both in the menus and on the Battlegrounds. This will affect how nameplates work, so we’re removing them from the rewards list for now. Season 7 Ranked is quickly coming to an end, but there’s still plenty of time to grind out that RP and secure your rewards before we kick off Season 8. Happy hunting and see you on the Battlegrounds! – The PUBG Dev Team PCS 1 - Participating teams, schedule, and moreJun 16, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/367adf2dd93aeff17dc32acb8049180b53342313.png Hello PUBG Esports fans! The PUBG Continental Series 1 (PCS1) begins next week! With Qualifiers over and the Charity Showdowns complete, all four regions are ready to rumble in the PCS1! PCS1 will be held across four regions from June 25 to July 5, including: Asia Pacific (APAC) - Indonesia, Oceania, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam Asia - China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Korea North America Europe While the total combined prize pool for these regional tournaments is $800,000, each tournament will have a prize pool of $200,000. Plus, 25% of all PCS1 sales items profits will be applied to the additional prize pool. The PCS1 prize pool consists of: $200,000 prize pool for each region. 25% of PCS1 item profits sales will be distributed back to pro teams across the four regions: 12.5% of the profits will be added to each of the regional prize pools, and 12.5% will be distributed equally amongst the participating teams. Here are your PCS1 Finalists across all four regions! PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES 1 APAC {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6317772881f07d70b46e260c826d227b251fa4b7.jpg PCS 1 APAC Schedule Week 1: June 25, 27 @ 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CEST / 7pm KST Week 2: July 2, 4 @ 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CEST / 7pm KST PCS 1 APAC Participating Teams {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/03177e69c601dfcf2a9ece54458359d842fa7251.jpg Indonesia Eagle 365, Victim Rise Oceania Astra, Carnage Esports, FURY Philippines Bahamut Gaming Thailand Buriram United Esports, Daytrade Gaming, Golden Cat, MSC THEERATHON, QConfirm Vietnam Cerberus Esports, DIC Gaming, Divine Esports, Gearbox, Maoggy Esports For more details of the event, please check out each regional official PUBG channel. PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES 1 ASIA {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/642231b64f04096a2c034ab932c794308f7b6fbf.jpg PCS 1 ASIA Schedule Week 1: June 26, 28 @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CEST Week 2: July 3, 5 @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 3am PDT / 12pm CEST PCS 1 ASIA Participating Teams {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/5ace7ddc666c92f10119891ff1b4f19a2c191dd3.png China Four Angry Men, Infantry, Luminous Stars Gaming, LYG Gaming, RushB Gaming, Tianba Chinese Taipei Global Esports Xsset, Team Curson Japan Crest Gaming Xanadu, ELEMENT.36 Korea Element Mystic, Gen.G, Griffin, OGN Entus, Team Quadro, VSG For more details of the event, please check out each regional official PUBG channel. PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES 1 NORTH AMERICA {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/cb4f15edaf690d01470d9e6908280adeea5bd1a2.jpg PCS 1 NORTH AMERICA Schedule Week 1: June 25, 26 @ 4pm PDT / June 26, 27 @ 1am CEST / 8am KST / 6am ICT Week 2: July 2, 3 @ 4pm PDT / July 3, 4 @ 1am CEST / 8am KST / 6am ICT PCS 1 NORTH AMERICA Participating Teams {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/e60c66fd8859f1cbab015c21fbddcdf016e10030.png 303 Esports, Any Trolls in Chat, Comets, Elus1ve, Exodus, Fabled, Houston Hardshifts, Illusion, Liberate, Oath Gaming, Radiance, Shoot To Kill, Soniqs, Tactical 8, Wil...PUBG update 7.3 lets you bail out of exploding vehicles before they go bangJun 8, 2020 - PCGamesNPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' free weekend might be coming to an end today, but PUBG Corp's got some exciting news to share about a batch of upcoming goodies, features, tweaks, and fixes headed to the battle royale game's test servers very soon. PUBG update 7.3 lands for testing on June 10, bringing a new throwable - the sticky and explosive C4 - as well as a parachute follow feature and chance to bail out of exploding vehicles before they go bang. That's according to the PUBG patch 7.3 notes over on the multiplayer game's website here, which announce there's a pretty sizeable bunch of vehicle balance changes on the way. Amongst these you'll find a handy new chance to escape from vehicles when they hit 0 HP - they'll no longer explode instantly, instead catching fire and giving you a precious five seconds to get out and get running. However, they'll still be vulnerable to "large radial damage, like from Red Zones, C4 etc", as you'd expect. Plus, most vehicles will now have "multiple damage zones which apply different damage multipliers", depending on exactly where they're hit. Nice. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG is free to play through this weekend PUBG's RP issue now "corrected", but around 30 minutes' lost ranked match data is "unrecoverable" PUBG's next update adds Ranked Mode, weapon balance tweaks, and bots Update 7.3 - Patch NotesJun 8, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/f9e00e597efb0c08ed1c81015a1a02c3ab994ca6.jpg Update 7.3 is now live. For changes this update, we focused on some survivability improvements to vehicles, a new explosive tool on the Battlegrounds, some quality of life improvements when parachuting and more! The full patch notes are below, so let’s get right into it. Gameplay Season 7 Vehicle Balance Vehicles are crucial tools on the Battlegrounds, and for a while now there’s been some frustration around dying instantly when your vehicle explodes. This patch seeks to add some more realistic survivability to how vehicles take damage and gives players a small window to bail out before the final explosion takes place. Explosion Mechanic Changes Vehicles no longer explode instantly upon reaching 0 HP. Instead, engines are now disabled and set on fire, causing the vehicle to explode after 5 seconds Vehicles can still explode instantly if taking large radial damage, like from Red Zones, C4 etc. Exploding vehicles now receive both linear and angular velocity, instead of only linear (vehicle movement after exploding should look a bit less static now) Additionally, vehicles will no longer receive increased collision damage when they’re rolled over {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/717143dc8d8c7ae129adfefd4a9f56e3152ff84d.jpg Vehicle Damage Changes Most vehicles now have multiple damage zones which apply different damage multipliers Applies to the following vehicles: Buggy, Dacia, UAZ, Mirado, Pickup, Rony and Zima All other vehicles receive damage as before, equally regardless of area hit Damage zones: Engine – 100% Damage Engine area, usually located at the front Body – 75% Damage Front and rear doors, rear and bottom sides of body Roof – 50% Damage Roof panel, roof pillars, seats, mirrors Boat Armor Upgrade Boats are now granted 5 static damage reduction New Throwable: C4 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6bcd8bbbbaee9afbfc59482b8e6d7436723681bb.jpg C4 is an interesting and powerful new tool that gives players new ways to strategically flush out timid opponents. With a massive 25 meter effective radius and damage that can penetrate cover, you’ll be wanting to run away when you hear this beeping brick of boom. A quick note about C4, we don’t intend this to be just another throwable. It has a pretty short range, but can be used to cut off enemy entry into a building or new zone, or as mentioned above can force enemies out of their safe positions. C4 will start beeping and automatically detonate 16 seconds after being thrown Detonation cannot be stopped or activated early There is a warning LED on the C4 and audible beeping with increasing intensity, clearly audible inside the damage radius which warns you of the upcoming explosion C4 sticks to most surfaces, including vehicles It doesn’t stick to players Effective damage radius is 25 metres, with a lethal damage radius of 15 meters Damage extends vertically, but with slightly less range (lethal radius of 12.5 meters vertically) The shockwave...PUBG is free to play through this weekendJun 5, 2020 - PCGamesNWhile it wasn't technically the first, and it's certainly no longer the biggest, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is the game that really put battle royale on the map, and if you haven't tried it out, this weekend is your chance. Now through Monday you can play PUBG free of charge, and if you decide to buy it, you'll get a 50% discount. The PUBG Free Play Weekend event kicked off Thursday evening and runs through Monday at 17:00 BST / 12:00 EST / 9:00 PST. During that time, anyone can download and play PUBG for free through Steam, and the game is on sale for half off at $14.99 USD / £13.49. PUBG has seen some major enhancements lately, including a new ranked mode - although a recent snafu saw it lose about 30 minutes' worth of ranked data. That appears to have been resolved, although the data for that time is lost to the ether. If you're a newbie, you may find that you're facing off against bots rather than seasoned PUBG vets, and that's thanks to the recent 7.1 update. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG update 7.3 lets you bail out of exploding vehicles before they go bang PUBG's RP issue now "corrected", but around 30 minutes' lost ranked match data is "unrecoverable" PUBG's next update adds Ranked Mode, weapon balance tweaks, and bots PUBG is having a free weekend on Steam right nowJun 5, 2020 - EurogamerPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG Corporation's genre-defining battle royale experience, is free-to-play this weekend on Steam. Battlegrounds - or PUBG, to its friends - inspired a wave of similarly styled last-man-standing games following its enormously successful early access release in 2017, and while it has long-since been overshadowed by the likes of Fortnite and Apex Legends, it still enjoys a healthy audience, welcoming well over 200,000 players a month on Steam according to SteamCharts. Since its initial release, PUBG's 100-player skirmishes have expanded to cover six maps - a tutorial area, original location Erangel, the desert expanse of Miramar, the North African Karakin, the rainforest-themed Sanhok, and the snow-covered Vikendi - with the latter having received a major makeover earlier this year as part of the ongoing Season 7. Read more You can play PUBG for free on Steam this weekendJun 5, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun If you’ve ever fancied giving Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds a try, now is probably the time to do it, because over the next few days it’s holding a free weekend. It kicked off yesterday and will run until 6pm BST on Monday the 8th of June, so there’s still plenty of time left to get droppin’ with the boys. And if you suddenly decide PUBG is the battle royale for you, you can pick it up for 50% for the duration of the free weekend. (more…) PUBG's RP issue now "corrected", but around 30 minutes' lost ranked match data is "unrecoverable"Jun 5, 2020 - PCGamesNPlayerunknown's Battlegrounds recently got a ranked mode for the first time, giving the game an all-new competitive edge. As can sometimes happen in online multiplayer games, it seems PUBG's experienced a couple of hiccups this week, with ranked match results not recording correctly and players unable to access the in-game lobby. It seems the issues have now been fixed - but it appears around 30 minutes of ranked match data has been lost, and it's "unrecoverable". That's according to a post on the battle royale game's support Twitter channel announcing that, for PC, "We have corrected the total Ranked Points of players whose Ranked Mode matches returned incorrect RP gains after some matches yesterday." This follows a tweet explaining there had been an issue where "Ranked Points are not properly calculated after the match". Following this, and linking to a June 4 post announcing the rollout of emergency server maintenance to solve "an ongoing issue preventing players from accessing the game lobby", the PUBG support channel explains: "Please be aware, that for a brief period of approximately 30 minutes prior to emergency maintenance yesterday , an error prevented Ranked Match results from recording correctly. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG is free to play through this weekend PUBG's next update adds Ranked Mode, weapon balance tweaks, and bots PUBG bots are coming in update 7.1 - but not for veterans Dev Letter: Anti-cheat actionsJun 5, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1d5b1ca1fd2bd58c9d0c241214c04165b9f3c82d.png Last month, we released update 7.2, which brought the long-awaited Ranked Mode to the Battlegrounds. While we were expecting some cheaters to emerge in this mode, we’d hoped our new safeguards such as SMS verification would help prevent it. Unfortunately, this did not have the effect we’d hoped for and additional countermeasures will now have to be added. Ranked games depend heavily on the reliability of the service, so today we’d like to talk about what we’re doing to improve our anti-cheat safeguards and increase our ban intensity. Preliminary Measures – When players use cheats in a match, we will utilize immediate countermeasures to minimize the impact on legitimate players. Additionally, we will improve the system to immediately ban the kicked user. If the cheat used is easy for game logic to recognize, we will kick the cheater in real time. (This has already been applied as of June 3rd, 2020.) Post Measures – Cheaters use sophisticated methods to get around systems designed to stop them, so we’re also reinforcing additional measures to help our efforts. We have analyzed the patterns of players who unfairly raise their rank and have added logic to quickly detect and automatically ban the perpetrators. We are dedicating more people to Leaderboard monitoring to ban the players who climb the leaderboard through unfair methods. We will monitor the top ranked players constantly and will not let cheaters stay on the leaderboard for long. We will even be monitoring players’ results, even previous results, if there is any doubt. We are making sure that any players who receive bans cannot be listed on the Leaderboard. (This has already been applied as of June 3rd, 2020.) We will expand the range of monitoring on any users in doubt. We will also be banning cheaters by analyzing the cheats that falsify gun-based logs. We’ve begun to implement a greater number of hardware bans by improving the hardware ban system. (This has already been applied as of June 3rd, 2020.) A mobile authenticator later this year. If these measures still do not have the impact we expect, we have other measures we are ready to introduce, including increased ban durations against repetitive wrongdoers and raising the entry bar for Ranked mode to make it more difficult for cheaters with new accounts to re-enter Ranked Mode. We’re thrilled so many of you are loving Ranked Mode and we hate cheaters just as much as you do. As long as there is money to be made from these cheat programs, the problem will never stop, but we’re dedicated to fighting this issue as fiercely as we can. We want the same thing you do, a fair and fun environment where you can show off your skills and see where you stand in Battlegrounds history. Thank you.PUBG Free Weekend Starts NowJun 4, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/7b1e920f83adcf9568801cf37619d7feae1a8853.png Hi everyone, The PUBG Free Play Weekend kicks off today, giving everybody the chance to play PUBG for the next 4 days completely free! On top of the free time, players who choose to purchase the game this weekend can do so at a 50% discount. Here’s what you can expect from the event: Free Play Weekend & 50% Off Event Event Schedule: 06-04-2020 17:00 UTC ~ 06-08-2020 17:00 UTC During the event, everyone will be able to play PUBG for free During the event, PUBG will be on sale for 50% off Players participating in the PUBG Free Play Weekend who have not purchased the game won't have access to the in-game store With recent major updates to our maps and the all-new Ranked Mode, now’s the best time to drop in and try the game that defined the Battle Royale genre. Already own PUBG? Grab some friends who have yet to take the plunge and treat your new squad to a free chicken dinner. Promotions like this usually come with some questions, so we’ve prepared a short FAQ to answer what we can so you can focus on getting into the game and having fun with your friends. We’ll see you on the Battlegrounds! - FAQ How long does the event last? The PUBG Free Play Weekend will be open from June 4th 17:00 UTC to June 8th 17:00 UTC. During this period everyone will be able to play PUBG for free and also receive a 50% discount when purchasing the game. Is any of the content restricted or unavailable to free players? No. With exception to the in-game shop, Free Play Weekend participants will have access to the whole game, whether they own PUBG or not. The in-game store will become accessible after purchasing the game. Will earned rewards be any different for free players? Free weekend players will receive the same rewards as regular players do. Can free weekend players redeem codes for in-game items? Bonus/gift codes can be only redeemed through the in-game store, which free weekend players won't have access to. Will my progress and rewards be saved if I choose to purchase the game later? All in-game rewards and achievements such as Pass rewards, BP, XP, and RP obtained during the Free Play Weekend will be saved for whenever you do purchase the game.Who are the biggest streamers?Jun 3, 2020 - The LoadoutWe all have our favourite streamers. From those that wonder the world and share their experiences in IRL streaming, to those who grind your favourite game, to those niche hidden gems creating some really unique content. However when, it comes to who is the biggest, the stats don't lie. With the streaming world's biggest stars racking up millions of hours watched each month - and making some big bucks in the process - it has become one of the fastest growing and most lucrative entertainment forms. 2020 has already seen it's fair share of big streaming news, but 2019 really was a roller coaster year for the industry. Some of the world's most followed streamers switched platforms, some saw unexpected explosions in popularity, and some of the most established streamers were overtaken by newcomers. Here, we look past all the drama to have a statistical look at the biggest personalities this year when it comes to followers, subscribers, and earnings. Let's crunch those numbers. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Pro player says he's spoken to more Valorant devs than he ever has PUBG's We're giving away five PS4 codes for PUBG's new survivor pass PUBG Ranked: Ranks, RP, rulesets, and more PUBG Esports Presents PCS 1 and PCS 2Jun 2, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/e6a2ae0267b4af9fe105e39b0fc5405cbd2a1223.png As the PUBG Continental Series (PCS) Charity Showdown comes to a close across Asia, APAC, North America, and Europe, we wanted to take this moment and thank all of our fans, players, and teams for helping us create a strong start to the 2020 PUBG Esports’ competitive calendar. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/7615f7ceb8a8fa1fd23580267fa2378de5e5131d.png Four teams reigned supreme, with DivisionX Gaming (APAC), Tianba Gaming(ASIA), Oath Gaming (North America), and Northern Lights (Europe) taking the crown in their respective territories. In addition to their own winnings, a promised donation of $400,000 USD will be split evenly and given to each winning teams' charity of choice to aid in COVID-19 relief. Additional donations from our amazing PUBG Esports fans will also be donated along with this. We will provide the result of donations with the upcoming announcement. As previously announced, fans can look forward to two additional PCS tournaments held across Asia, APAC, North American, and Europe. Today, we’re happy to reveal that the names for these upcoming events are PUBG Continental Series 1 (PCS 1) and PUBG Continental Series 2 (PCS 2). For more details around the both PCS events, please find more details below. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/689adac451e0545f271cdadee6ea680eed772063.jpg PCS 1 and PCS 2 Overview PUBG Esports fans can set their dates and look forward to PCS 1 in June and PCS 2 in August. Just like the PCS Charity Showdown, PCS 1 and PCS 2 will be held across four different regions: APAC, Asia, North America, and Europe. Each of the tournaments will be conducted using with the same overall format and ruleset. Participating Teams Each regional event will feature a total of 16 participating teams, all of which must secure seeds through their regional qualifiers. For more detailed information around the regional qualifiers, please refer to each region’s announcement. Tournament Operation Fans can look forward to four days of intense competition over the course of two weeks. Each day will feature five matches across Erangel and Miramar. Prize Money Players will be battling it out for their share of each regional event’s $200,000 USD prize pool. The stakes will grow even higher as the Pick’Em Challenge returns. Taking the framework of the Pick’Em Challenge from last year’s PUBG Global Championship 2019 (PGC 2019), we look to offer another way to provide more loot for our participating teams and fans. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/e6a2ae0267b4af9fe105e39b0fc5405cbd2a1223.png PCS 1 will take place from June 25 to July 5. The schedule for each of the regional events are as follows:: {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6165f8376105ecdea70fcbfd6594ea811801f626.png The full schedule for PCS 2 will be announced at a future date. PCS 1 Pick’Em Challenge {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/59c7861616a65d146b1e6df04da66cfb482df032.png Hot off last year’s success during PGC 2019, the Pick’Em Challe...PUBG Free WeekendMay 28, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/174c50bdf1b4cde60d90c33545af7a6e5c6c6674.jpg As safety measures surrounding COVID-19 continue to keep people in their homes, the #PlayApartTogether message remains just as important. To further support this industry wide initiative, we're running a PUBG Free Play Weekend on Steam! From June 4th 17:00 UTC until June 8th 17:00 UTC, you and your friends can try out PUBG at no cost. Even better, the game will be available for purchase at a discount of 50% off so you can continue your Battlegrounds journey and work towards the all-new ranked mode! We know these times are difficult, but keeping yourself and others safe during this pandemic is important. We hope you enjoy your free time in PUBG and we'll see you on the Battlegrounds! 50% Discount will only be available during the Free Play Weekend event In-game purchasing will not be available until after purchasing the full gameAustralia Fire Relief Charity Sale ResultsMay 22, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1f2d95c98bc99eb988243d0d6b4ecb4ab6a83201.jpg Dear PUBG Fans, Back in February, we asked for your help in trying something new. At the time, Australia was just starting to recover from devastating brushfires across their country and in an effort to help them through that difficult time, we set up a fundraiser through the sale of the Australia Fire Relief - Pan skin on both PC and Console. While the world has changed a lot since then, we wanted to share the results of your generous efforts and give an update on where we’re sending that money. First of all, we’re extremely humbled to announce that you as a community have raised a collective $588,115.52 by purchasing the pan skin. This number is after platform fees have been taken into account and the amount that was sent to the WIRES organization via Globalgiving on May 19th (PDT). For those curious, WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization and has been caring for the wildlife of Australia for over 30 years. With the worldwide impact of COVID-19, their essential work has become even more difficult, especially in the wake of both a massive countrywide drought and the fires that killed over 1 billion animals. Now more than ever we feel this is a worthy cause for the money you’re donated and we hope you do as well. It is truly inspiring to see the good that we can do together and we’re honored to be in a position where the sale of a small digital item and the generosity of our community can have such a big impact on the world. We’ll be looking at additional causes we can support in the future, but for now you have our deepest and most humbled thanks for helping with this campaign. For more information on WIRES, you can visit https://www.wires.org.au/. Be sure to also drop by and send a thank you note (or just a follow) to community artist @swatercolour for donating the art used on the pan skin. Thank you once again, --The PUBG TeamPUBG's new Ranked Mode is now live for ladder climbing enthusiastsMay 20, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunUpdate 7.2 for ye olde Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has landed hot on the live servers and it’s coming with some changes that are likely to rock the boat a bit. Despite PUBG Corp calling them a “controversial topic,” non-player AI contestants are dropping in to regular matches. For the extra-competitive players, a new Ranked Mode is replacing the old Survival Title system and is getting its own queue to boot. (more…) 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.