By being turned into a free game, PUBG Battlegrounds also became the most played game on steam during the transition to free-to-play on January 12th. The title that spread the fever of battle royale managed to reach the mark of 690 thousand simultaneous players.
After the title became a free game, there was a 486% increase in the number of players, which is bigger than what was seen in PUBG’s release period, back in 2017 when battle royale wasn’t popular.
In certain regions, such as South America, Southeast Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the increase reached 537%, being even more impressive.
Game time has also increased considerably.
In addition to the impressive increase in the number of players, the hours of play also showed a big difference after the title became free. If compared to the week before the transition, PUBG showed an increase in the average time of 100% on PC and 400% on consoles.
Basic Training Mode, AI Training, and Tutorials were where players spent most of their time, according to internal data for the title. On the game maps, the preference was for Erangel and the recently released Taego map.
Rewards for players
Celebrating the title’s transition and the success it has caused, KRAFTON will offer rewards to battle royale players. With an event of check-in, the company will reward players who play at least one match between 9:00 pm tomorrow (27) and 8:59 pm on Sunday (30), Brasília time.
If players are present in the game for at least three days, by 8:59 pm on February 17, they will also be rewarded with Exclusive Skyguard skins.