The battle royale game PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds is one of the most popular online games and it achieved that while still in “Early Access”. While it is not the first game featuring the “last man standing” concept, it is certainly the one which most fans are playing these days. The players are stranded on an island, filled with loot.
In this game mode, it is everyone for themselves as they scavenge for weapons, ammo and anything else that will help keep them alive. All the while trying to eliminate their competition. The game doesn't reward defensive nor aggressive players, but a healthy mix of these two and thinking is required to stay alive to earn the elusive title as the last man standing. PlayerUnknown's Battleground, or PUBG for short, is now picking up steam as an esports title and it is being brought up in the conversation as the next big thing in eSports.
PlayerUnknown's Battleground, or PUBG for short, is now picking up steam as an esports title and it is being brought up in the conversation as on the next big things in eSports. But, before grasping on that topic, first we will consolidate our knowledge about the genre!
What are battle royale games?
Battle royale games are basically a genre of video games that has become massively popular thanks to PUBG and other games. This genre of video games effectively blends survival, scavenging and exploration elements while combining them with the last man standing gameplay. They usually consist of a large number of players (in a single match) connected to a server, all of which have one simple goal – be the last man standing.
Have you ever watched The Hunger Games? Well, if yes, then you can get a basic picture of what battle royale games represent. If not, then here is a short explanation – a mass of players spawn (or parachute in PUBG) in an enclosed area (island in PUBG) with steadily decreasing “playable zone” outside of which the players die. In order to win, they must adapt, improvise and overcome. In other words, they have to scavenge for food, drink, weapons, ammo, armor and so on, all of which are crucial for ensuring their victory.
Of course, as the borders come closer to the center, player to player interactions (a soft word for obvious bloodshed) are inevitable. Even though weapons, armor and supplies mean a great deal in these games, skill always has the final word… unless a good dose of luck ruins the show. And that's exactly what makes PUBG so damn popular!
Statistics never lie!
I'm sure you've heard this saying before, and I can say that it goes perfectly with PUBG. For such a new game, just by taking a look at some of its record-breaking statistics will tell you a great deal about its success. We have already talked about its amazing player count that has risen to extreme numbers in an insanely short period of time. The biggest peak was just last month when more than 250,000 new players joined the show. Obviously, PUBG doesn't seem like it will stop growing in popularity anytime soon. As a matter of fact, here's a look at its Steam Charts statistics on the average and peak player count:
Could PUBG become the next big thing in eSports?
There is no doubt about it! With such a reckless growth in popularity combined with an interesting event concept, PUBG could shape up the entire eSports industry. If its creators continue listening to players' advice and shape the game up in a natural way, there's nothing stopping it from becoming a spectacle worthy of Hunger Games.
But let's not forget about the most important thing – PUBG could greatly influence the eSports betting industry as well! That goes without question as such a huge dose of popularity will not go unnoticed by sponsors. And if there are sponsors on the line, PUBG betting opportunities will come naturally. As a matter of fact, there is already a good deal of eSports betting websites showing a great deal of interest for PUBG. The likes of Bet365 which already featured the PUBG invitational, Pinnacle and BetWay are the first candidates to ensure the prosperity of PUBG as an eSports betting haven.
About the Author: Article written by Hipster Jesus, eSports enthusiast and an active member of the CS: GO community. In his free time, he likes to rush B on competitive servers and scream “CYKA BLYAT”.