Peaking at 669k earlier right now.
PUBG: Battlegrounds is now free-to-play, and the gambit seems to be going effectively thus far, with the favored battle royale shooter having peaked at 669k concurrent gamers on Steam earlier right now, which means it got here near doubling December’s figures.
As famous by business analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter, PUBG noticed its concurrent peak participant rely climb to 668,707 on Steam following its shift to free-to-play earlier right now, beating its earlier two month highs by greater than 300k gamers.
That is some appreciable approach off its all-time peak of three,236,027 gamers on Steam, reached in January 2018, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a major increase for a title that is seen a gentle decline in participant numbers since then – beginning 2021 with round 450k concurrents based mostly on figures from Steam Charts, and failing to climb again above the 400k mark within the final three months of the 12 months.
Right now’s peak of 669k has now subsided to a extra modest 170k gamers on Valve’s platform, nevertheless it’ll be fascinating to see if PUBG can preserve something like its preliminary free-to-play increase over the approaching days and months – and whether or not related numbers are mirrored on consoles, the place the title can be now free-to-play. PUBG Cellular, in fact, which has been free-to-play since its inception in 2018, stays one of many most-played video games on the earth.
Right now’s income mannequin shift has resulted in a single different notable quantity enhance on Steam, as Ahmad additionally identified, with PUBG’s retailer web page having efficiently amassed practically 3 times the variety of adverse critiques right now than in did final month, some complaining about cheaters and others demanding refunds now the sport is free-to-play.
There’s some comfort for people who bought PUBG: Battlegrounds whereas it was nonetheless a full-price title not less than; returning and present gamers who already purchased the sport earlier than the swap will see their accounts robotically upgraded to Battlegrounds Plus. This consists of entry to Ranked mode, the flexibility to create customized matches, a 100% XP increase, 1,300 G-Cash, and a bundle of cosmetics rewards – all of which might usually price $12.99 USD.