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    PUBG almost doubles concurrent participant rely on Steam following transfer to free-to-play • Eurogamer.web

    Peaking at 669k earlier at present.

    PUBG: Battlegrounds is now free-to-play, and the gambit seems to be going properly to this point, with the favored battle royale shooter having peaked at 669k concurrent gamers on Steam earlier at present, that means it got here near doubling December’s figures.

    As noted by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter, PUBG noticed its concurrent peak participant rely climb to 668,707 on Steam following its shift to free-to-play earlier at present, beating its earlier two month highs by greater than 300k gamers.

    That is some appreciable means off its all-time peak of three,236,027 gamers on Steam, reached in January 2018, however it’s nonetheless a major increase for a title that is seen a gradual decline in participant numbers since then – beginning 2021 with round 450k concurrents primarily based on figures from Steam Charts, and failing to climb again above the 400k mark within the final three months of the 12 months.

    PUBG Free to play – Launch Trailer.

    At this time’s peak of 669k has now subsided to a extra modest 170k gamers on Valve’s platform, however it’ll be fascinating to see if PUBG can preserve something like its preliminary free-to-play increase over the approaching days and months – and whether or not comparable numbers are mirrored on consoles, the place the title can be now free-to-play. PUBG Cell, after all, which has been free-to-play since its inception in 2018, stays one of many most-played video games on this planet.

    At this time’s income mannequin shift has resulted in a single different notable quantity enhance on Steam, as Ahmad additionally identified, with PUBG’s store page having efficiently amassed almost 3 times the variety of damaging opinions at present than in did final month, some complaining about cheaters and others demanding refunds now the sport is free-to-play.

    There’s some comfort for people who bought PUBG: Battlegrounds whereas it was nonetheless a full-price title at the least; returning and present gamers who already purchased the sport earlier than the change will see their accounts robotically upgraded to Battlegrounds Plus. This contains entry to Ranked mode, the flexibility to create customized matches, a 100% XP increase, 1,300 G-Cash, and a bundle of cosmetics rewards – all of which might usually price $12.99 USD.

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