The mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has surpassed 200 million registered users, according to its owners, Tencent.
This means just as many people have downloaded and played at least one game of PUBG Mobile as they have Fortnite, its arch battle royale nemesis, dubbed the most popular game on the planet, on all platforms.
In November, Epic Games announced that Fortnite had reached the 200 million milestone, but that's for its Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC, and mobile versions combined. So, not only is PUBG Mobile's recent achievement impressive, but if you add its 50 million-plus users on console and PC, PUBG may actually have more registered players than Fortnite.
Of course, Fortnite's numbers would've increased since last month's count. But this shows just how close these rivals are. And it's probably thanks to PUBG Mobile's free-to-play model, as mobile is the only platform where this specific battle royale costs nothing.
This free-to-play method ultimately pushed Fortnite to become the most hyped game available, and it's something Tencent and PUBG Corp. have obviously learned from.
Fortnite's free-to-play model was responsible for PUBG falling into the background on console and PC. Because why would players want to pay for a buggy, hardly updated game when Fortnite is over here running a lot smoother, providing new content daily, and costing nada.
While 200 million (and change) is the overall total player base, it doesn't paint a perfectly clear picture of how many users regularly play PUBG Mobile. Tencent says it has around 30 million daily active players.
But this figure, however comparatively small it may seem, was still enough to see PUBG Mobile iOS revenue surpass Fortnite's for the first time last month.
According to report by research firm Sensor Tower [via Gadgets360], PUBG Mobile iOS and Android spending increased by 2.7x in the last week of November, versus the preceding seven days - 43% more than Fortnite grossed on iOS during the same period. Overall, PUBG Mobile's revenue increased from $4.5 million to $12 million.
PUBG Mobile surpasses 200 million registered users. Credit: PUBG Corporation
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