The release of Vikendi show map, as the recorded its first growth in concurrent players since Jan 2018 when it hit 3.2 million concurrent players.
The game has come under the scanner for having too many bugs. And developers not keen on optimizing the game that led to the constant from in number of players, in Nov seeing just 8,95,000 players, over 2 million lower than the previous peak.
A big reason for the loss of the crowd on the PC and console level was the abundance of bugs in the game which put off most players.
Competition form other game developers is another big reason for the drop. It seems that the introduction of the new snow map Vikendi is bringing players back to the game.
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Increase the concurrent player count, and returned to over 1.1 million. This number was very high at the beginning of 2018. Dropping since the start of 2018 due to competing games being launch like Fortnite and Blackout mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Many are attributing the rise of the player base to the new map. Which has been praised many as being the perfect miss between Erangel and Sanhok.
The number are still paltry compared to Fortnite, which saw over 8 million concurrent players in Nov. And while PUBG never catch up to its previous high, let alone getting anywhere close to Fortnite. It is certainly taking some steps in the right direction.