PUBG: The Game that took the world by storm

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG is a “Multiplayer Battle Royale” game developed and published by PUBG Corporation which is a division of south korean video game company Bluehole. The game was based on creations by Brenden “PlayerUnknown” Greene, which explains it’s name: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. PlayerUnknown is not the middle name, but, as it is famous in gaming communities, the “Gamer Name” of Brenden,which is basically like a username Gamers use for online games like PUBG.

Released with just one map and only a handful of guns, PUBG now feautres 4 maps: Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok and the latest addition to list ios Vikendi. PUBG is a game about survival. The game starts with 100 people waiting in the waiting area and as the countdown end, all the 100 players are taken to an island by a plane where once the “Jump” button appears, the real pandemonium begins, all the players parachute to the island and scrutinize it for ammunition and several elixirs to kill others and survive. A circle, called the blue zone appears and anyone outside it starts to die, the circle keeps getting smaller and smaller and the hearbeats start getting faster and faster. After the final showdown between between the last two alive individuals or teams, one finally gets the “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.” The game can be played in Classic mode and Arcade Mode in both, First Person Prespective (FPP) and Third Person Perspective (TPP).

Launched on 23rd March 2017, on Microsoft Windows by Steam’s Beta Program, PUBG saw its full release in December 2017 for PCs and Microsoft’s own gaming console, XBOX one. In September 2018, the Playstation 4 version of the game was released and around the same time, the free-to-play version for Android and iOS devices known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile or PUBG Mobile was released which has forever changed, basically laid the foundation for future of Mobile Gaming. The Mobile Version of the game features almost every feature and resources as the PC version but in the convionience of being able to play it anywhere anytime and without having to spend a lot on High en dGaming PCs. The company also released an emlator for playing PUBG Mobile on the PC, so that people with low end PC can also have the experience of playing the game in the PC.

On an official statement by PUBG Corporation, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground have completed more than 400 Million players worldwide on all available platforms, out of these 400 Million players, 50 Million copies are sold in PC, XBOX and PS4 platforms and hence roughly 350 Million Players play the Mobile version of the game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds draws more than 87 Million players each day over all the platforms and thats totals to about 227 Million Players a month. These numbers are enough to prove the intensity of the storm named PUBG. The game runs a scalable business model, that is, increase the number of players rather than increasing the price or profit per customer, the game sells for $29.99 on steam, but owing to its behemoth fanbase, the game brings in about $16 Million each day, with even though being free, the mobile version being the real cash cow for the company bringing in a major chunk and a collosal amount of $11 Million each day. The rise in PUBG has brought a well earned fortune to the creater a.k.a. the PlayerUnknown, According to Forbes, Brenden Greene is worth $ 5 Billion with most of the earning from the art peice called PUBG he made.

With the game being this popular, it is obvious the gane is engaging and addictive. The term “PUBG Addiction” has evolved as more and more people are getting addicted to the game. Even I have a friend who bought a oneplus6T, which was far from affordable to his family, just to play the game and has gone so far that he spend days without sleeping playing PUBG. The bigger picture is even worse, people have even been hospitalised due to PUBG addiction. Another story comes form a boy who has appealed to the Indian government to ban the game due to the negative effects the game is having on the youth. In my opinion though, the game has nothing to do with the effect it is having in people, the game being addictive just shows the dedication and work that the creators have put into it, getting addicted to it is only and only our fault, just because 1% people are taking their addiction to extreme levels, it doesnt make the game bad. Moreover, the game has provided numerous people with a new source of entertainment and the creation team is still working day and night to make the game more optimised and more engaging with regular updates and including new maps and weapons. I beleive, berating the game just because it is doing what it should do and people over exploiting it is plane insult to the creators and the work they have put into bringing in one of the biggest games in the history of mankind.

Manan Arora Author

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