PUBG by Bluehole was undoubtedly one of the most influential multiplayer titles of 2018 beside Fortnite and Rainbow Six Seige. The game shaped up the Battle Royale genre like no one else and the early access was an instant success. Ever since then PUBG devs kept on adding bug fixes and new content but the player base kept on a steady decline. It is clear that Fortnite is now the most influential title in the category thanks to the active bug fixing and major season updates, unlike PUBG.
One major reason why PUBG player base was in decline for over 10 consecutive months was the fact that Bluehole instead of fixing existing bugs and improving the optimization of the game kept on adding new weapons, maps and other sorts of content to the game. This made the player base furious and rightly so for how bad the game worked and how often it crashed. Apart from PCs, the game ran absolute garbage on the Xbox and the PS4.
Despite all that, the player base has finally shown a positive delta which could with over a 9.55% increase in player count over the last 30 days. The average players accounted about 458,091.2 which is a definite improvement over last month but is still 11,000 shy of what was counted way back in October. It is clear that Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode had a very substantial impact on the game and the player base shifted significantly to the Epic Games title. Before 2018 PUBG was doing quite well at a steady pace with more and more players joining the game but ever since other games like Fortnite, Call Of Duty and Battlefield gained popularity in the Battle Royale genre the numbers have been sinking rapidly.
The title had about 3 million peak players at the start of 2018 but it ended up losing one-third of its player base but we may see some improvement in the rating thanks to the new FixPUBG movement initiated by devs. All this increment could also be the result of the holiday season and the much-increased playing hours but we hope that the player count grows back into its former glory.