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End of Season 9 Ranked and Rewards AnnouncementNov 24, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1927c3c66a3c16a5a6fb40444faaf003ee3ea207.png Season 9 is just about over and there’s a new collection of great rewards waiting for you! Read on for information on schedules, rewards, and more. Let’s get into it! Requirements for Earning Rewards PUBG's various Ranked rewards are earned depending on your final rank when the season ends. To be eligible, you’ll need to have at least completed your placement matches during the season, with additional awards being granted at Gold V and Diamond V tiers. Season 9 Ranked Mode Rewards Those who have reached Gold V tier or higher are eligible for the first exclusive reward, the Season 9 Ranked Motor Glider skin! If you manage to fight your way up to Diamond V tier or above, you’ll also be rewarded with the Season 9 Ranked Parachute skin. Finally, players who rank in the top 500 in their region will also receive a special Top 500 emblem to show off their achievement. You can check out your final Season 9 rank by visiting the STATS screen in your CAREER tab once Season 10 has begun. Visiting the LEADERBOARD section of this screen also shows you were among the top 500 if you managed to make it that high {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/af8860ee9c6940c27a007a7c5eac06cd170ad106.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/8efe9973cf45569af763f6edced026740c7a23e2.png Season 9 Emblems You’ll earn an emblem that matches your end of season rank. The Top 500 players in each region will also earn a special TOP 500 emblem to commemorate their outstanding achievement. Your honorable emblems will be now shown on your PUBG ID which will be now displayed to your enemies when you successfully take them out. Also, emblems will be visible with your PUBG ID in death cams and spectator screen. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1655b69c3da423211ecfe7112e45ac5629e35f5b.png Season 9 Skins Players who end the season in at least Gold V Tier in any ranked game mode will earn an exclusive Vehicle Skin for the Motor Glider. Players who end the season in at least Diamond V Tier in any ranked game mode will receive both the Vehicle Skin and an exclusive Parachute Skin. Upcoming Ranked Schedules: Season 10 Season 9 Ranked mode will end once servers go into maintenance on Dec 16th (KST) Season 10 Ranked mode will begin when servers go live with the live server update. How will my Rewards be Delivered? All rewards are granted automatically at the beginning of each new season. You may collect them from the pop-up screen you’ll see upon your first log-in of the new season. - The PUBG Dev Team Black Friday G-Coin PromotionNov 24, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/3c11883799b876419c4f329038654327c4a2718c.png Hello Survivors, Black Friday Deals have landed on the Battlegrounds! For a limited time, you can pick up two different G-Coin packs at a 10% discount and receive bonus skins along with them! Each pack offers you three bonus skins to either try out or keep forever depending on which pack you grab. Check out the details of each pack below! PUBG - Black Friday G-Coin Bundle I - $8.99{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/ca60259311f1121ba76855f6d543a02a1392e510.png What is Included (All bonus items in this bundle are temporary): 1,050 G-Coin ($9.99 Value) (bonus!) Bengal Tiger Parachute (30 Days) (bonus!) Tri-Hard Green Marksman Backpack (Level 1) (30 Days) (bonus!) Pop Art (Green) - Helmet (Level 3) (30 Days) Promotion Period: 24 November  18:00 PST - 8 December 18:00 PST 25 November  03:00 CET -  9 December 03:00 CET 25 November 11:00 KST - 9 December 11:00 KST PUBG - Black Friday G-Coin Bundle II - $22.49 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/7aa1b99bb798f4505d11b57981de14850a4eee8f.png What is Included (The Bengal Tiger Parachute is a temporary item): 2,700 G-Coin ($24.99 Value) (bonus!) Bengal Tiger Parachute (30 Days) (bonus!) Tri-Hard Green Marksman Backpack (Level 1) (Permanent) (bonus!) Pop Art (Green) - Helmet (Level 3) (Permanent) Promotion Period: 24 November  18:00 PST - 8 December 18:00 PST 25 November  03:00 CET -  9 December 03:00 CET 25 November 11:00 KST - 9 December 11:00 KST Items will be delivered in the form of a bundle into your inventory and temporary item countdown won’t begin until the bundle is opened. These deals are only available for a limited time, so make sure you hop into the store and pick up your Black Friday Packs fast! See you on the Battlegrounds. PUBG server relocation tests could mean "changes for PC as well"Nov 23, 2020 - PCGamesNPUBG players on the west coast of the US have complained about their high ping due to the location of the game servers for years now. In an effort to make PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds less laggy for players in North America and Europe, PUBG Corp has been running server relocation tests over the past week to finally address this issue. After a number of DDoS attacks which degraded the network quality for all players, the devs explain in a blog post, the PUBG servers in North America were moved from Dallas to Virginia. This meant players on the west coast often had to play with upwards of 80 ping, resulting in stuttery and unsynchronised matches.. The server relocation plan, however, introduces locations closer to the centre of the US, which should give all players based in the country a smoother experience overall. As for the European servers, DDoS attacks forced the developers to move the servers from Frankfurt to Ireland. Due to the feedback received from the community, PUBG Corp launched more servers across various cities in Europe to provide the "best network conditions for the most amount of players". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG 9.2 gets some "last-minute weapon balance adjustments" not in the patch notes PUBG patch 9.2 adds driver shooting, Battle Bride Pass, and a new dirt bike Here's where to watch the PUBG Continental Series 3 PUBG Shield, a community anti-cheat initiative, has banned 3,000 players so farNov 20, 2020 - The LoadoutPUBG has revealed the next step in its ongoing battle against cheaters - a community anti-cheat initiative now in open beta called PUBG Shield. "Cheating is a problem that affects the entire PUBG community", says a recent post on the game's official site. "The problem itself is quite nuanced, so it requires a holistic solution of game design changes, automated systems, and player reporting to help alleviate and stop." Players from NA and EMEA regions can now submit reports of those who break PUBG's rules of conduct via the game's Discord. The report will then be looked over by other members of the server "to determine the validity of the submitted evidence." Finally, the reports that have been voted on "by a majority of players" will then be checked by the developer before a decision is made on whether to ban the reported player. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG patch notes 9.2 - dirt bike, driver shooting, and more Who are the biggest streamers? PUBG will be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S from day one Introducing PUBG GLOBAL INVITATIONAL.S!Nov 20, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/1161e573460c5a03adc5aadbb3abcde3b1f0608e.png Hello, PUBG esports fans! Each year, we bring together the best in PUBG esports from all around the world to compete for the ultimate chicken dinner. We started out in 2018 with the first ever PUBG GLOBAL INVITATIONAL in Berlin, and in 2019 celebrated the first ever PUBG GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, we’d previously announced that we’d be postponing this year’s PUBG GLOBAL SERIES (PGS) and instead chose to hold the PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES. While it wasn’t the same format we’d delivered in previous years, we’re thrilled so many of you have enjoyed and participated in the PCS action! Now it’s time to look forward to 2021. We’ve taken the last year to dive into what makes a PUBG esports tournament fun and exciting, while also paying special attention to how that can be done in a safe manner for our players, fans, and staff. The result, we’re happy to announce, is the return of the PUBG GLOBAL INVITATIONAL, or PGI.S as we’re calling it! What is the PUBG GLOBAL INVITATIONAL.S? PGI.S takes 2018’s tournament and molds it into an 8-week esports festival where players from around the world come together and compete for a massive $3.5 million dollar prize pool. So what does the S stand for? Lots of things, actually. The S is Survival, the core of what makes Battle Royale. It also represents the new Series format of PGI. It’s Supremacy, it’s Showmanship, it’s a global Showdown, and perhaps most importantly, it’s Safety. We’re taking big steps to ensure that PGI.S is our best tournament yet while making sure everyone stays safe. PGI.S Details PGI.S will be the longest global PUBG esports festival to date, lasting 8 consecutive weeks from February 2nd to March 28th, 2021. This year, we’re inviting 32 teams from around the world to join us in the Republic of Korea to participate in our safe tournament format. The total amount of prize pool will be 3.5 Million USD with 30% of the profit earned from Pick’em challenge to be added later on. Regional Seeds 32 teams from around the world will be invited to PGI.S from the regions listed below. Full team list will be released at a later date. Europe: 7 Teams China: 6 Teams Southeast Asia: 5 Teams North America: 4 Teams South Korea: 4 Teams Latin America: 2 Teams Japan: 2 Teams Chinese Taipei: 2 TeamsPGI.S Match Details PGI.S is made of two parts. Weekly Survival and Weekly Final. During the first week, all teams will participate in preliminary 'Rank Decision' matches to decide their placement, with the top 16 teams participating in the first Weekly Survival match. Weekly Survival will be held for a total of 16 matches during weekdays to select 16 Chicken Dinner winners. 16 teams with Chicken Dinners from the Weekly Survival will earn prize money and a spot in the Weekly Finals. Once a team earns a spot in the Weekly Finals, the next highest ranked team from the waiting list takes their place in Weekly Surviva...PUBG 9.2 gets some "last-minute weapon balance adjustments" not in the patch notesNov 18, 2020 - PCGamesNPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds patch 9.2 is here, and so are the patch notes - though, of course, those notes have been around ever since the update hit test servers last week. However, a few "last minute weapon balance adjustments" have been added to the patch, including an array of reload time buffs and some nerfs to the Beryl. The M416, SCAR-L, QBZ, and G36C have all had their reload times reduced by 10%, as the developers say on the official Discord. The Beryl, meanwhile, is having its reload time increased by 5%, and its horizontal recoil increased. Everything else should be as you see it in the update 9.2 notes. The big new features in this update are the new dirt bike vehicle, which is available on all maps except Karakin. You can now shoot when you're driving a vehicle, and not just on the new dirt bikes. There's also a much larger weapon balance adjustment to sidearms, which have been buffed pretty much across the board. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG patch 9.2 adds driver shooting, Battle Bride Pass, and a new dirt bike Here's where to watch the PUBG Continental Series 3 PUBG now has an official lore site Update 9.2 - Now Live!Nov 18, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/594de47e77faa8778691b9e83c3838034e29e0d5.png Update 9.2 has just arrived on live servers and brings to the Battlegrounds a new vehicle, a long-requested feature, a new character-focused pass, and more! Tear up the terrain on the brand new Dirt Bike, a fast and responsive single-seater motorbike that now spawns across all Battlegrounds, except Karakin. The Dirt Bike is a great choice for quick escapes, fast travel to the safe zone, and you know, flips and stuff. Obviously. Also debuting this patch is the new Driver Shooting functionality, which lets the driver of vehicles take part in the combat action. Pick up a sidearm and unleash some good, old-fashioned road rage. We apologize in advance for how much worse this makes your squad's already questionable driver. A brand new pass is also now available, featuring Sadiya from Karakin's lore and motion comics. This bite-sized pass has 15 levels, each unlocking a piece of one of Sadiya's iconic looks. Pick up the new pass today and embody the Battle Bride herself! There's plenty more to check out in Update 9.2, including bug fixes and sidearm weapon adjustments. For full details, be sure to check out the patch notes. For now, dive in to everything the new patch has to offer. We'll see you on the Battlegrounds!PUBG Update 9.2 patch notes bring dirt bikes & driver-seat shootingNov 11, 2020 - ShacknewsIt’s another big update for PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds, and that means an all-new set of patch notes. PUBG has been doing some mysterious shenanigans with the dynamic Paramo map, but Update 9.2 is a little bit more centered on the action. There’s a new vehicle to explore with the dirt bike and you can even shoot from behind the handlebars and all other vehicle driver seats with a new driver shooting system. Check out the full patch notes here. PUBG Update 9.2 patch notes The PUBG Corporation launched Update 9.2 with a set of patch notes and a fresh new trailer on November 11, 2020. The headliner of these patch notes is the new dirt bike vehicle. Need a quick getaway? These swift and versatile vehicles can get you on the run in no time. Unfortunately, there’s no room for passengers, but dirt bike riders can make a quick entry or escape as the cost of some protection. Speaking of entry, you’ll be able to drive in guns a-blazin’ whether you’re behind the wheel or not now. New driver-seat shooting will allow players operating the vehicle to utilize their sidearms to sling some of their own bullets as they drive. As a result, many sidearms have been improved. Check out the full patch notes below! Gameplay New Vehicle: Dirt Bike * The Dirt Bike is a new single seater motorcycle. * Spawns on all maps, excluding Karakin. * Available in Normal, Custom Matches and Training Mode. Characteristics * Great acceleration with a top speed of 130 km/h. * Off-road suspension provide superb performance on uneven terrain compared to other vehicles. * Outstanding maneuverability with the ability to disengage the clutch when handbraking to block auto-gearbox and allow hard turns while preserving engine RPM and momentum; * Added ability to alter pitch using Shift and Ctrl keys during acceleration/braking. New Feature: Driver Shooting * Vehicle drivers can now draw, reload and fire sidearms while having full control over vehicle inputs. * The power of vehicle steering input decreases slightly when the driver is reloading. * Driver shooting feature is enabled in all vehicles except boats and BRDM. Vehicle Aiming Overhaul * Driver and passenger views are now heavily stabilized while aiming. The camera rotation will not follow the rotation of the vehicle. * Driver and passenger TPP cameras have been adjusted and moved closer to the character for easier and more accurate aiming. * Aiming angles are restricted according to player visibility and relation to other passengers; * For example, you’re unable to aim fully upwards in a closed-top vehicle or aim behind if there’s a passenger on behind you in a 2 seater motorbike; * The camera will no longer flip sideways when vehicles roll or pitch upside-down. * Please see below for driver shooting enabled sidearms. ;* Deagle; * P18C; * P1911; * P92; * R1895; * R45; * Skorpion; * Flare gun; * Sawed-off*; *Sawed-off can only be equipped by drivers on Bike-type vehicles. Weapon Balance Adjustment: Sidearms All sidearms * Incre...PUBG patch notes 9.2 - dirt bike, driver shooting, and moreNov 11, 2020 - The LoadoutPUBG update 9.2 has landed on the game's test server, and it's certainly a big one. There's a lot of exciting changes and additions to see here, from a new vehicle and driver shooting feature to a host of rebalances and welcome improvements. A major highlight is the dirt bike, which boasts great offroad handling and some neat features, including an independent clutch system for revving the engine. With fast acceleration and a top speed of 130 km/h, it's a solid alternative to the standard motorbike. Beyond that, you can now blast your unlucky enemies with your sidearm while driving around, the new 'Team Finder' feature lets you connect with other players before you've even reached the pre-game zone, and PUBG for PC now lets you text chat with your team prior to the start of the match. Naturally, spam, ads, and abusive language can be filtered out. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Who are the biggest streamers? PUBG will be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S from day one PUBG Ranked: Ranks, RP, rulesets, and more PUBG patch 9.2 adds driver shooting, Battle Bride Pass, and a new dirt bikeNov 11, 2020 - PCGamesNThe latest PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds update hitting the test servers today introduces a host of additions that are sure to make the game even more exciting. There's a brand-new dirt bike arriving in update 9.2, a new feature that allows you to shoot while driving, and much more besides. Having the ability to shoot players while riding in a vehicle is something that the PUBG community has been requesting for years. The only problem is that sidearms aren't all that powerful - they don't deal massive amounts of damage and aren't accurate enough to be that useful in a drive-by. With this latest update, however, every sidearm in the game is receiving multiple damage and accuracy upgrades to improve the somewhat neglected weapons. There's also a new Team Finder feature which should eliminate the headaches that come with solo queuing. Once you set your preferences for your desired language and game mode, you'll be matched with other players. If you're searching for a team specifically for ranked matches, you will only find players who are similar to your skill level. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Here's where to watch the PUBG Continental Series 3 PUBG now has an official lore site PUBG's new Paramo map is now on the test server Update 9.2 - Patch NotesNov 11, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/3c63d3d53c39aa9902588b9e64b902462ca0c83d.png Update 9.2 is now available on live servers! GameplayNew Vehicle: Dirt Bike {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/ed95b0e1f2cc10b21fddf95205d7427aae1ff5dd.png The new single-seater Dirt Bike is more than just a lite version of the Motorbike. It has its own independent clutch system to rev the engine, improved suspension for offroading, and some other fun features we know it won't take you long to find, not to mention another fun addition coming in the future. The Dirt Bike spawns on all maps except for Karakin and will replace 50% of the existing bikes out there. We're looking forward to a whole slew of new stunt videos with this one! The Dirt Bike is a new single seater motorcycle. Spawns on all maps, excluding Karakin. Available in Normal, Custom Matches and Training Mode. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/9545c4f40c3e6d44e5a5653957e3e5368b6681cb.png Characteristics Great acceleration with a top speed of 130 km/h. Off-road suspension provide superb performance on uneven terrain compared to other vehicles. Outstanding maneuverability with the ability to disengage the clutch when handbraking to block auto-gearbox and allow hard turns while preserving engine RPM and momentum Added ability to alter pitch using Shift and Ctrl keys during acceleration/braking. New Feature: Driver Shooting {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/2998c495444eaef3262e622861eddee860915ad8.png It's been requested for a long time and we're finally happy to add shooting functionality to vehicle drivers! The new system allows you to fire sidearm weapons while driving and maintaining control over the vehicle (albeit with slightly reduced response while reloading). This functionality works for most vehicles and there are a couple of limitations which you can read about below. We're excited to see the new kinds of gameplay that emerge from these additions, and please let us know how it feels! Vehicle drivers can now draw, reload and fire sidearms while having full control over vehicle inputs. The power of vehicle steering input decreases slightly when the driver is reloading. Driver shooting feature is enabled in all vehicles except boats and BRDM. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/e4620bb2d770a5d0181ba85110d80d88f87ab323.png Vehicle Aiming Overhaul Driver and passenger views are now heavily stabilized while aiming. The camera rotation will not follow the rotation of the vehicle. Driver and passenger TPP cameras have been adjusted and moved closer to the character for easier and more accurate aiming. Aiming angles are restricted according to player visibility and relation to other passengers For example, you're unable to aim fully upwards in a closed-top vehicle or aim behind if there's a passenger on behind you in a 2 seater motorbike The camera will no longer flip sideways when vehicles roll or pitch upside-down. Please see below for driver shooting enabled sidearms. Deagle P18C P1911 P92 R1895 R45 Skorpion Flare gun Sawed-off Sawed-off ...PUBG LABS: Hardcore BRNov 4, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/ea4f423e408969df0e3c8c94a70133df76006b27.png Hello, Players! First off, thank you for all your great feedback on our last LABS offering. We’re thrilled that so many of you enjoyed Arena mode and the tactical team fun it provided. For our next LABS mode, we’re trying something a little more hardcore. Introducing, Hardcore BR. PUBG Battleroyale thrives on its realism, but still provides several types of helpful UI to help you towards your chicken dinner. Hardcore BR tests your true mettle by removing much of the UI you’d normally rely on from the game. In Hardcore BR, you and your squad will take to the frozen fields of Vikendi. Your compass, minimap, crosshair, and status ui (health, boost bar, equipment status, etc), as well as bluezone warnings will all be disabled. You will still be able to see the kill feed, remaining players, team UI, and parachute related UI. We hope Hardcore BR provides a fun and challenging new experience, where teams are forced to rely on alternative methods of communication to track down and eliminate enemies. Teamwork and communication will be absolutely essential here. We’re excited to see how you all adapt to this challenging way to play and look forward to hearing your feedback. Check out all the details below and get ready for some Hardcore BR! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/9fb97b14488436339720015ec60ede8c7c0ff065.png Hardcore BR service schedule 2020-11-05 14:00 KST ~ 2020-11-09 16:00 KST / 2020-11-05 05:00 UTC ~ 2020-11-09 07:00 UTC Hardcore BR will be available for both PC/Console. Hardcore BR Settings Hardcore BR will take place in Vikendi TPP and FPP, Squad only. Please note that Hardcore BR will have 1 man squad disabled. Matchmaking will automatically have you teamed up with other players. Maximum number of players: 100 If a session lacks players, it will start to fill remaining slots with bots. Hardcore BR Rules Hardcore BR will have following UI disabled. Crosshair will be disabled. Mini map will be disabled. UI such as health bar, boost gauges, weapon/equipment UI and vehicle UI will be disabled. Bluezone related system message will be disabled. Bearing, frequently known as compass, at the top of the screen will be disabled. The following UI will remain visible when required during the game. Parachute related UI Remaining players UI DBNO/Kill feeds Team UI Other LABS do not provide BP or XP for gameplay rewards LABS gameplay will be not listed in match history LABS gameplay will not count for your Survivor Pass missions. PUBG LABS lets you try out experimental game modes or features in various states of development. Your feedback on these modes is extra important, so please let us know your thoughts! Bring your A game and keep your wits about you, because this is Hardcore Battle Royale! See you on the Battlegrounds. Here's where to watch the PUBG Continental Series 3Nov 3, 2020 - PCGamesNIt's November, which means the start of the PUBG Continental Series 3 is nearly upon us. The competition kicks off this weekend, with matches in Asia, the Pacific, North America, and Europe all getting underway November 5. We've got the full schedule, as well as how to watch, right here. PUBG Corp is providing English broadcasts for all the matches, and you'll be able to tune in on both Twitch and YouTube, as well as TikTok and Facebook Gaming. The map feed for the tournament will be broadcast separately on Twitch. The company has also arranged for broadcasts in many international languages, with talent arranged for each one. You can head over to the official website for the complete details on broadcast feeds and casting talent lined up for each language. Competition days are staggered by region. Those include Asia, Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe. Generally, matches will run Thursday-Friday in Asia and North America, and Saturday-Sunday in Asia-Pacific and Europe. You can check out the full three-week schedule below. On the Twitch global broadcast, there will be drops enabled - so even if your favourite team isn't playing in the tournament this year, you still may want to tune in to pick up some cool loot for the battle royale game. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PUBG now has an official lore site PUBG's new Paramo map is now on the test server PUBG reveals Season 9 release date and a map that changes every time you drop PUBG Continental Series 3 Broadcasting channels, talent and moreNov 3, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/a3bc1a39ef0ba910bd82df0448c0e69ff1052166.png Hello PUBG Esports fans! IT’S TIME. The PUBG Continental Series 3 (PCS3) is right around the corner and the exhilarating journey is about to begin! We’re providing English broadcasts across all regions, as well as multiple other languages with the best PUBG Esports talent and casters for every match around the world. PCS3 Global Feed (English) Where to watch: TWITCH Twitch Drops and live quizzes will be enabled here. For more information, please Click Here for Twitch Drops and Click Here for Live Quiz. YOUTUBE Map Feed: In addition to English streaming, PCS3 broadcasts in additional languages as shown below: PCS3 ASIA Broadcasting Schedules & Channels {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/acb47aa48094bb7d9938e08b32e648abaf4cd290.png PCS3 ASIA Schedules Week 1: 11/5-6 @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET Week 2: 11/12-13, @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET Week 3: 11/19-20, @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET Broadcasting Channels by languages English (Drops & Live Quiz enabled) Talent: Gclef, Paperthin Japanese (Drops enabled) Talent:  shaka, amonot, arika, aries, OooDa, eguto, sylphia Korean (Drops enabled) Talent: Sanghyun Park, Seungheon Seong, Dongjoon Kim, Jisoo Kim, Minjoon Chae, Jungmin Shin, Hyunkyung Lee Simplified Chinese Talent: Yehao, Xiaotong, Xiaoxian, Mifan, Xinba, Fengzheng, Msjoy, Yinxi, Xieyan Traditional Chinese (Drops Enabled) Talent: AsSen, Krapy, Nia, Paul, Rex, KMoMo Brazilian Portuguese Spanish Vietnamese Talent: Trong Linh, Huy Lova, CuongOT, Minh Popper, Gary La Thai Talent: BOM, FFAM, ARCHZ, FAH Talent: Joke, Glacius, Voo, Kirosz PCS3 North Amer...Predict the champions of PCS3! PCS3 Pick’Em Challenge is now available.Oct 27, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/e282b66ab9cc4bc7bfef5e384ce2a680cfe48822.png Hello PUBG Esports fans! Pick’em Challenge is back with the PUBG Continental Series 3 (PCS3)! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/4bc7927ee7b35bad1c24e986ad21c1821d2bbff4.png Availability of PCS3 Items PC 11am on Oct. 28, 2020 - 5pm on Nov. 19, 2020 KST Console After the maintenance on Oct. 29, 2020 KST - 5pm on Nov. 19, 2020 KST PCS3 Pick’Em Challenge Voting Period PC 11am on Oct. 28, 2020 - 6pm on Nov. 19, 2020 KST Console After the maintenance on Oct. 29, 2020 - 6pm on Nov. 19, 2020 KST Distribution of Esports Points (EPs) and availability of special items PC & Console Nov. 24 - 11am on Dec. 9, 2020 KST {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/2ec7c2a65eb56ede7bfe27a0c40fa33c3a92601c.png Twenty-five percent of the revenue from PCS3 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. Esports Shop is back! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/6bd1cbd238fa57be1af1df7d9b270cfe714d7a30.png Starting with PCS3, the Esports Shop is reopening 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 Pick’Em Challenge games or watching PCS3 live streaming. Main events of Pick’Em Challenge {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/58686737c9143afd9abc3f465aaeb8a5d172515f.png There are two types of Pick’Em Challenges for PCS3, and you can earn EPs by participating in the event. 1. PICK THE WINNER {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/07088ea71e0dcda6c835caa6018e48a3dee0f5ed.png In the main game of the Pick’Em Challenge, you predict the champion of each region with one voting coupon per region. List of the PCS3 Items {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/c69fc95085da744865bb39a85c15ec2c727dad85.png PCS3 Tagged Out - AKM + one voting coupon PCS3 Smoke Stacked - SKS + one voting coupon PCS3 Golden Flurry - VSS + one voting coupon PCS3 Tagged Out - UAZ + one voting coupon PCS3 EMOTE + one voting coupon PCS3 OUTFIT set + one voting coupon PCS3 ALL-IN-ONE set + five voting coupon PCS3 WEAPON set + three 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. You cannot vote for the same team twice, and you can only vote once for each team. 2. TEAM FACEOFF {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/19fb5ffb46081d4b394f04ccb77980285c642f52.png The second game that lets you rack up EPs is the Team Faceoff, and you’ll win EP for each winner you select between which of two teams will rank higher in the tournament. Team Faceoff can be played for FREE, no voting coupons required! If you successfully predict the winning teams, you will get EPs based on the w...PCS3 Participating Teams, schedules, and moreOct 26, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/f3e683dff3b415f04ac7d3e23b0cc34613e9678f.png Hello PUBG Esports fans! The best PUBG teams across four regions are ready to rumble for the next global PUBG Esports competition. The PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES 3(PCS3) is around the corner! PCS3 will be held across four regions from November 5 to 22, including: Asia – China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Korea Asia Pacific (APAC) – Indonesia, Malaysia, Oceania, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam Europe: Europe West, Europe East, Middle East & Africa North America {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/2ec7c2a65eb56ede7bfe27a0c40fa33c3a92601c.png 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 PCS3 sales items profits will be applied to the additional prize pool. The PCS3 prize pool consists of: $200,000 prize pool for each region. 25% of PCS2 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. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/4bc7927ee7b35bad1c24e986ad21c1821d2bbff4.png Let’s check out PCS3 Finalists across all four regions and schedules! PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES 3 ASIA {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/acb47aa48094bb7d9938e08b32e648abaf4cd290.png PCS3 ASIA Schedules Week 1: 11/5-6 @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET Week 2: 11/12-13, @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET Week 3: 11/19-20, @ 7pm KST / 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET PCS3 ASIA Participating Teams {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/c9bf3ce5c64321c16f1a4d79f027296294be9b83.png China Four Angry Man, Multi Circle Gaming, Newhappy, Infantry, Petrichor Road, Tianba Chinese Taipei Global Esports Xsset, K7 Esports Japan Detonation Gaming White, Sunsister Korea Afreeca Freecs, Gen.G, Griffin, OGN Entus, OP.GG Sports, VRLU Ghibli PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES 3 NORTH AMERICA {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/ccc060c082fcdce11a2fe7db5c095dd2ed70e9ed.png PCS3 NORTH AMERICA Schedules Week 1: 11/5-6 @ 4pm PST / 11/6-7 @ 1am CET / 9am KST / 7am ICT Week 2: 11/12-13 @ 4pm PST / 11/13-14 @ 1am CET / 9am KST / 7am ICT Week 3: 11/19-20 @ 4pm PST / 11/20-21 @ 1am CET / 9am KST / 7am ICT PCS3 NORTH AMERICA Participating Teams {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/bf928c62f38726f30237b7a661c17b7c41526bdc.png Any Trolls In Chat, Comets, Dodge, Duel, Fabled, Guadalajara Gascans, Houston Hardshifts, Illusion, Oath Gaming, One Eye Open, Shoot To Kill, Soniqs, Tactical8, Team Veritas, The Rumblers, Zenith Esports PUBG CONTINENTAL SERIES 3 APAC {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/3886978f2dd151e8560e1c72a572dbfdc23a91d5.png PCS3 APAC Schedules Week 1: 11/7-8 @ 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET / 7pm KST Week 2: 11/14-15 @ 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET / 7pm KST Week 3: 11/21-22 @ 5pm ICT / 2am PST / 11am CET / 7pm KST PCS3 APAC Participating Teams {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/85...PUBG is 60fps on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but 30fps on Xbox Series SOct 26, 2020 - EurogamerPUBG is getting a new "Framerate Priority" mode that pushes the battle royale to 60fps with 1920 x 1080 resolution on some consoles. Framerate Priority is added to PUBG alongside the October 9.1 update, which is due out on consoles on 29th October. This only applies to the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X versions of the game, not base consoles. Framerate Priority will also be available when PUBG is played on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the developers said. "After rigorous testing, we're pleased to say that the game performance is extremely smooth and stable, with faster loading and little to no frame drops thanks to the power of next-gen," the developers said in a blog post. Read more PUBG will be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S from day oneOct 26, 2020 - The LoadoutThe game that really helped kick start the battle royale genre is coming to next-gen consoles. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be available on the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series Xx and Xbox Series S from day one, according to PUBG Corp. The game, which first hit Steam in early access in March 2017, will be available to download on the new consoles next month. But while players will be able to snake their way through wheat fields and hop, jump, and skip their way around Paramo's melting terrain, it won't come with too many graphical improvements. That's because the Xbox Series X game will leverage the Xbox One X game build, and the Xbox Series S game will leverage the Xbox One S build. This means that the game will run at 60 FPS on the Series X and 30 FPS on the Series S. The PS5 game will also use the PS4 Pro build, which apparently runs up to 60 FPS. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Who are the biggest streamers? PUBG Ranked: Ranks, RP, rulesets, and more We're giving away PUBG Season 9 merch Update 9.1 - Now Live!Oct 21, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/27971017/8ae207877cf0e6dbdaee63a66ccfa176ebff29f9.png PUBG Season 9 is now live! Chopper in to the mysterious highlands of Paramo, a new 3x3 map featuring our first dynamic map, active lava flows from the nearby volcano, and plenty of new ways to play! Grab your squad and take on the new map in TPP OR FPP! With Season 9 also comes a brand new Ranked Season with the much-requested Solo Ranked Mode! Now, you can drop into the Ranked Battlegrounds and test your skills against solo opponents and you climb the ladder to glory. We're also starting this season with a new weapon balance pass to tone down the Beryl and SLR a bit and are implementing a new way for you make purchases in the game. G-Coin is PUBG's new currency and is meant to give you and us more options around purchases. You'll receive bonus G-Coin for buying bigger bundles and can now also receive it as a reward. Speaking of rewards, Survivor Pass: Highlands has the gear you need to take on Paramo in style! This pass will be shorter than previous ones, but now features G-Coin in some rewards, letting you save up a bit towards your next pass or whatever else you want! Pick up Survivor Pass: Highlands today and get leveling! For full details on Update 9.1, you can check out our patch notes. For now, grab your squad and drop into the highlands!PUBG Season 9 has a new map with an active volcanoOct 14, 2020 - The LoadoutIt's never good to stay in one location for long periods of time in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, but if you do in Season 9 - you'll certainly feel it. That's because the game is getting a new battleground to fight over and it's set around a super active volcano. Paramo is PUBG's first dynamic map making each and every trip there unique. According to the patch notes, locations will change between matches, forcing players to think on their feet and plan their strategy only when the helicopter doors are opened. Unlike the rest of PUBG's maps though, Paramo is a seasonal match exclusive for Season 9 only. This means it'll be played in a separate TPP Squads playlist without bots or ranks for the duration of Season 9 only. Games on the 3x3km map won't count towards your stats, but they will count towards Season 9 missions. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Who are the biggest streamers? PUBG's Continental Series returns in November, confirms $800,000 prize pool PUBG Ranked: Ranks, RP, rulesets, and 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.