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GROWTH OF NEW GAMING ERA –PUBG

PUBG Mobile, or Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile is a once in a generation kind of a game. It may just be a turning point in the gaming industry. Having just recently hit 10 million daily players, the Battle Royale game has a massive fan following in India as well. It is the 2nd most downloaded app on iOS, coming in above even YouTube now, and has been downloaded 2.5 million times on Android. But beyond the obvious popularity and Pokemon-Go like craze it has created, there is a much larger impact it is having on mobile gaming around the world and specifically in India. PUBG Mobile solves the problem of casual gamers who want to play PUBG but either cannot afford a dedicated gaming machine or do not want to put in the hours required to be able to handle themselves in a competitive environment. It ensures that everyone can experience the game, at whichever level they are comfortable with.

Let us trace the path that led PUBG Mobile to be such a massive hit.

It all began in March 2017, when a Beta version of PUBG was released on Steam, for people to play. The concept that the game was based on, of a Battle Royale with 100 players in the same massive game world fighting it out to the death with certain added challenges was an instant success. Though some would credit the concept to other games such as Day-Z, PUBG was the first to bring it to the mainstream.

With some of the biggest names in gaming, such as Pewdiepie and Sodapoppin, playing the game religiously, it was bound to attract massive attention, and it did. Mind you, this was all while it was still in its beta phase.

PUBG only got an official release on PC on 21 December 2017. By this time, having already gathered a massive fan following, PUBG had no need of an introduction and immediately took the gaming world by storm. Around this same time, another title, Fortnite (PS4, PC, XBOX ONE), added a Battle Royale mode. Needless to say, so far in 2018, PUBG and Fortnite have been two of the most played games.

The developers of PUBG, PUBG Corporation, obviously recognized the possibility of making massive profits from making a mobile version, and partnered with Tencent Games to do just that.

PUBG Mobile released in China on 9 February 2018 and worldwide on 19 March 2018. Needless to say, it has had a massive impact on the mobile gaming industry, both worldwide and in India.

How much does PUBG Mobile cost?

The game itself is free to download and free to play. There is a rewards system within the game that will let you earn coins for your participation and completing various challenges – like login every day, travel a particular distance or survive a particular length of time.

These coins can then be used to buy items in the game – like clothing. Otherwise you have to collect the clothing in the game and you start in your underwear.

PUBG Maps

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has three maps were players can play and are available on PUBG PC, PUBG Mobile, PUBG Xbox and PUBG PS4. These are:

– PUBG Map Erangel

– PUBG Map Miramar

– PUBG Map Sanhok

With the increasing popularity of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, a debate has also started around the world where people are worried about addiction to this online game and the kind of mental damage it can cause. Now, some schools in Bengaluru have started warning parents against letting their kids play the online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG for extended hours after cases of addiction came to light in the city.

Moreover, the Associated Management of English Medium Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) will reportedly issue an advisory to parents in order to ask them to restrict the time students are spending on playing the PUBG game.

AUTHOR : RITESH RAI

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