With millions of new players every month, there’s also been a dramatic influx of cheaters, and the devs have announced a drastic measure to make the Battle Royale fair and more enjoyable for everyone. PUBG Corp announced that it has identified a new pattern of cheats being used during the games after analyzing the data from their millions of players. This is all part of an ongoing effort that may involve filtering hundreds of billions of data logs manually. The developers also hope to implement a new system to detect and ban more cheaters proactively, and legal actions may be taken against those who proliferate software designed to circumvent security procedures. They also pointed out an issue that many gamers have raised when viewing videos from other players.
Although it may appear that a cheat is being used because there’s no weapon recoil, that’s actually a bug in the game software, and will be fixed soon. PUBG also feels that by balancing the blue-zone boundaries during matches, it will create a less scattered gameplay during matches. It will probably be easier to escape the blue zone in the late phase of the matches, but blue zones will cause more damage when you get trapped in them. As Polygon notes, this seems to be an effort to encourage more deaths by gunfire from other players and fewer by the boundary wall. It will also add some urgency to the late game, as the blue zone encroaches near the end of a match.
Although its launch was rather rocky, PUBG is also now available on Xbox One through the Preview program, and many new Xbox players got it free with their console over the holidays. A new Xbox One patch was also just released, which adds a new controller options and fixes some performance issues.
Battle of the Wallets: PUBG Mobile’s first week of iOS revenues only a fifth of Fortnite’s
No one is really questioning how massively popular Epic Games’ Fortnite is on mobile. The numbers are in and it has outstripped competitor PUBG Mobile almost fivefold on iOS devices, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. Comparing the two games’ first week revenue on the Apple App Store reveals PUBG generated about $700,000 while Fortnite raked in $3.7 million. Though PUBG Mobile launched worldwide in mid-March, it only implemented this monetization strategy in the past week. PUBG is already available on both iOS and Android devices, unlike Fortnite, and Sensor Tower estimates that it’s earned around $1 million worldwide.
PUBG has a chance to catch up because it boasts high install numbers outside of China. Before it implemented in-app purchases, around 22 million players had downloaded it from the Apple App Store, which is about six times higher than Fortnite’s 3.7 million in its first week. The games are neck-and-neck in the Apple App Store standings – Fortnite at No. 5 and PUBG at No. 6 of the top free games. Sensor Tower compares what’s on offer for players in both games and found that Fortnite favors limited-time and daily items for people to buy. PUBG Mobile, on the other hand, focuses on a randomized loot box system that can produce duplicates of items that players already own. Since this was only the first week PUBG Mobile has offered in-app purchases, the game could also potentially change up its strategy to have more players grabbing their wallets.