PUBG Player Base Halves In Five Months
PlayerUnknown BattleGrounds is an online multiplayer Battle Royale game which took the gaming world by storm when it released back in December 2017.
In January 2018, it was reported that the PUBG Corporation title had an average of 1.5 million active players fighting against each other for the legendary 'Winner Winner Chicken Dinner' victory screen. However, as early as May 2018, player analysers SteamCharts reported that only around 850,000 were still active.
There's no question that at one point PUBG was reigning supreme in the Battle Royale world. It's large, open map and intense firefights reeled in fans of all genres from across the globe, but fierce competition from other Battle Royale games such as Epic Game's Fortnite could be the reason for the player decline.
It's no secret that PUBG and Fortnite have been rivals since the get go. Both games work on the exact same format, yet they provide a completely different experience. Battlegrounds provides more realistic gameplay, where the player parachutes into a deserted war zone with weapons upgradable with attachments and vehicles to invade or escape their enemies, whereas Fortnite players rely massively on spontaneous building to outmanoeuvre their opponents as well as finding golden chests hoping for the best coloured loot.
Recent commercial success has been working in favour of the latter, however. Epic Games teamed up with Marvel at the release of the new Avengers film, Infinity War. Players could jump into a brand new game mode, where the aim was still to be last alive, but you could do it in style as you either equipped the Infinity Gauntlet to become Thanos, or attempted to kill him.
Fortnite's foundations were built on producing a PVE title where players could work together to structure fortresses and defeat waves of Zombies, which during development ultimately resulted in this mode being made alongside a brand new PVP mode on release- which would be free to play.
Straight away, this free option gave Fortnite an advantage over how many users it gets in comparison to PUBG, which was sold on release and has new map packs implemented later down the line.
Streamers such as Ninja have also helped promote Fortnite over last couple of months. He's been working in conjunction with Twitch and Amazon to give players free in game content, and has also streamed with major music artists such as Drake, which achieved millions of views on YouTube all across social media.
It's hard to say what to future of Battlegrounds player base will be, but that's probably not at the top of the PUBG Corporation's mind at the moment. They are currently in a legal battle with EPIC Games after they sued them for stealing their ideas when creating the free Fortnite game mode, could this be the answer to get them back on top of the Battle Royale genre?
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