Launching on March 19 of this year, PUBG Mobile quickly became a hit with fans of the PC and console battle royale game and mobile gamers in general. The game’s popularity has been consistent thanks to numerous major content updates that have added a new mode, new map, a first person view, and much more since the game’s launch. Now Tencent’s shooter has shot past the 100 million download mark.
Almost as impressive as the 100 million download achievement is the fact that the download total excludes downloads in China, South Kore, and Japan. The Japanese and Korean version of the game, published by PUBG Corp, has surpassed 5 million downloads on Google Play alone.
According to Tencent, PUBG Mobile currently has 14 million daily active users (excluding Japan, Korea, and China), showing that gamers have not been quick to abandon the game. Revenue generation may be a slightly different story. PUBG Mobile currently sits at #61 in the United States, #96 in Germany, #72 in the United Kingdom, and #74 in Canada on Google Play’s top grossing games list. While the game’s ranking in Europe and North America are not outstanding, it is currently #2 in Thailand, #4 in Philippines, #8 in Mexico, and #4 in Indonesia.
The popularity of PUBG Mobile has come while Tencent has shown a lot of commitment to growing the game through numerous updates, attendance of gaming related events, and pushing PUBG Mobile as an e-sport option.
PUBG Mobile launched amidst a rush of new battle battle royale games that were being launched to capitalize on the popularity of the sub-genre. While the popularity of most of these titles has waned over time, NetEase Games’ Rules of Survival and Knives Out have endured alongside PUBG Mobile. Rules of Survival stands alongside PUBG Mobile among Android Sloth’s best mobile battle royale games.
PUBG Mobile is free and contains in app purchases. It’s available on Google Play.