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The big rumor last week was that Tencent, the biggest game company in the world, had bought a 5 percent stake in Bluehole Studio, the South Korean developer behind one of the most talked-about games of 2017: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It hadn’t, though the talks between the Chinese PC and mobile gaming behemoth and Bluehole are ongoing.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has become so huge that Bluehole has created a subsidiary to manage the online multiplayer shooter. This is important, because so many people are playing that it’s making it hard to keep the servers up. Bluehole addressed this today, and we’ll see if things improve or not.
Meanwhile, Fortnite said that it had 7 million players between its standard and free-to-play Battle Royale modes … on consoles. This is significant, because PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 yet. It’s still on PC. And Fortnite’s take on the last-player-standing model is free.
It’s amazing that we’re seeing these blockbuster numbers for two base games that are still in Early Access development — people pay to play these ($30 for PUBG, $40 for Fortnite) before they officially release, dealing with bugs and changes and providing feedback (and money) to the developers.
As for me, the pull of Divinity: Original Sin II continues to dominate my PC gaming time. It’s one of the best role-playing games I’ve ever played. It’s also huge, full of side-quests. At this rate, I’ll finish in … March?
—Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor
P.S. Dean finally conquers his Cuphead demons.
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Tencent has not invested in Bluehole Studio, the company that makes PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. News reports out of South Korea yesterday claimed that Tencent had acquired a 5 percent stake in the PUBG developer, but Bluehole confirmed to GamesBeat that those reports are false. This does not mean that Tencent — a Chinese internet behemoth that […]
Bluehole, the studio behind the massive battle royale shooter hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, announced today that it is creating a subsidiary, PUBG Corp., to handle the development and business growth of the game. PUBG has been available on PC in Early Access since March. It has already sold more than 13 million copies, according to Bluehole. The developer […]
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