PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tops 2.3M concurrency, bans a fraction of that

    
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Here’s a fun game that we play around the Massively OP office: A troublemaker will come in and loudly proclaim, “You know what’s a good game name? PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds!” Then it becomes a race to exit the building as fast as possible before flying projectiles from the staff make contact.

Dumb name or no, PUBG continues its meteoric climb in popularity. The battle royale shooter just reached a staggering 2.3 million concurrency, although these levels haven’t been achieved without a few (hundred thousand) bad eggs spoiling the batch. The studio claims that it has banned 322,000 accounts so far for cheating.

As the studio struggles to stay on top of this monster that it created, it also prepares for the holiday Xbox One release, the PC 1.0 launch, and the imminent addition of climbing and vaulting.

“Our development team is heavily focusing on developing the builds for PC 1.0 and Xbox Game Preview,” the team posted on Steam. “For PC, we will be only focusing on doing our best to stabilize the launch build and we don’t have any plans to deploy patches to live servers except for this week. However, there will be features like vaulting and climbing which will have a huge impact on the game and need to be tested for at least a month. We will be running test servers at least three times in preparation for that.”

Source: VG247, RPS, Steam
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Aaron Biegalski

PLUNKBAT for the win.

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Roger Christie

PLUNKBAT!

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The Dallas Dapifer

This isn’t a game I would enjoy playing but I do enjoy watching other’s play it, which is probably some of its appeal. Its a great spectator sport and whether you go out 85th or 1st you will probably laugh when you get killed and start over.

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Tom R

And I still have to select the server and game-type every flippin time between games….come on guys. It’s been wayyyy too many months to still have this issue.

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A Dad Supreme

Haven’t seen a game eat everyone’s lunch in the gaming genre like this since when WoW started to take off.

Wasn’t even aware until recently that it was made by a subsidiary of Bluehole. I thought it was a purely independent company but good for them.

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rafael12104

I don’t know why anyone would cheat at this game. It’s so much fun win or lose.

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deekay_000

it really is. i’ve taken a break while the boys engage in hearth stone and space engineers as the initial plane jump sequence is giving me unsurprising anxiety the past two weeks (plus destiny 2 in a week wew!), but i really don’t mind losing at all.

even getting rekt tends to be fun and funny and i get to spectate and help out my team mates with spotting. idk, i haven’t had this much fun get rekt repeatedly since my concious push to get good at cs more than a decade ago.

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rafael12104

Exactly. It’s like the pressure is off when I play. And btw, I don’t think we are alone in this from what I’ve seen streamed.

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deekay_000

some people do seem to treat it like an end all be all win or else you suck donkey dicks esports rage a thon.

after all it’s what pewdiepie was playing in his latest n word gaffe. >>

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rafael12104

Yeah. Lol pewdiepie, what an idiot.

But many are just playing for the enjoyment. I suppose it depends if you are playing with friends or not.

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deekay_000

yeah if i just get a few hits in i’m usually happy. if my team coordinates to kill some people i’m even happier.

and i like that killing enemy players isn’t necessarily even a good idea or your first priority – the priority is to survive as long as possible not rack up a positive KD.

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Schmidt.Capela

some people do seem to treat it like an end all be all win or else you suck donkey dicks esports rage a thon.

Too many PvP players focus just on the end result, unfortunately.

It’s why I prefer PvP games that don’t reward you for winning (or at least don’t reward you much). From my experience, when you take rewards out of the win/lose equation players seem to be more friendly, more focused on having fun and less on winning at all costs.

(Though my reasons to not play PUBG are different. It’s not that I think the game is bad, or even that I wouldn’t like it; it’s just that I find more fun when matches are shorter and players respawn.)

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kgptzac

People cheat in all games, and the most popular ones suffer the most.

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deekay_000

you forgot they also previewed a new desert map. :P it’s kind of mexico/new mexico/az/california/texas looking desert. looks good.