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  • Taking a quick look at the early access Battle Royale that is PUBG.
    Once a modder and now a games developer, Brendan Greene, otherwise known as PlayerUnknown, has taken his ArmA 3 Battle Royale game mode and alongside the Korean studio Bluehole produced a more finesse concept that has taken its audience by storm. Still only an early access, it’s hard not to hear about PUBG lately and there’s little surprise as to why. Here, we will look at some of the most interesting statistics that really have pushed PUBG to the forefront of player vs player, first person shooters. PUBG is closer than ever before to marking one of its biggest achievements since entering early access on Steam.

    Having taken its ever-growing audience by storm, PUBG has reached a concurrent 950,000 players during the day. If you’d like to see for yourself, check the steam charts here, perhaps you’ll see it peek 1 million concurrent players with it being only days away at most, surpassing both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2!

    With that amount of players we can only expect some of these following crazy statistics!

    Not only is it performing well, even in early access heavy hitting competitions are already taking place. Just recently we finished the Gamescon invitational rounds, where a total prize pool of $350,000 USD was shared between 4 game winners (a single, two duos and a squad) out of 80 of the communities most participating members (Twitch streamers).

    However, it’s not all good! Of course. PlayerUnknown himself has spoken recently about making the competitions more exciting and the AFK farming, less! It’s been made apparent not many were happy with how the competitions became a game of “hide and seek”, with many players hiding until the last moments, trying their luck at winning those hefty cash prizes by simply killing just the last few that would be in their way. Although this might be considered a tactical strategy, it does not make for good watching! And considering Twitch PUBG streams are at an all-time high, this is not good. As well as this, there is a small flaw in the game where players are using bots to enter a game and then leave, granting them a small but still suitable amount of battle points, which in turn can be used to farm for in-game items worth $150-500 USD already. Deflating the market further also, taking away that currency prize from those who truly do work for it.

    “Not just a game, this is Battle Royale.”PUBG

    What do you have to think about it all? Do you have reservations about purchasing it? Maybe you’ve got something to say about the competition issues of “hide and seek”, or those pesky AFK farmers! If so, join the discussion here and maybe you'll find others just as excited as I am to see where this game will be on its true release.