Never before has an online multiplayer game over gigabytes of space ran so faultlessly in our phones. PUBG or “Player Unknown’s BattleGround” is a shooter-action based battle royale game created by PUBG Corporation which is an underling of South Korean video game franchise Bluehole. A game that has been downloaded over 100 million times in smartphones to become the most downloaded app in the first quarter of the previous year.
About hundred of players arrive on a map location in teams of 4 exploring the region for weapons and gear to eliminate and survive till the end. Each game lasts roughly for half an hour with the available safe area in the map decreasing over time, compelling players to force encounters. The final player or squadron left standing gains a victory.
When compared to its counterpart, Fortnite, PUBG’s simplicity and flawless gaming experience keep the gamers engaged. At first, being restricted to pc and console platforms, the game is now enjoyed by almost every smartphone user from young to old addicts alike. It initiated real-life inspired smart strategy making techniques formerly recognized only in the serious professional gaming realm. With Tencent adding extra maps and modes to the party, PUBG evolved to become a passion in every Indian household. “Winner winner, chicken dinner” became the most popular and absurd hashtag and a funny catchphrase.
This blind PUBG addiction has also been the reason for numerous fatal accidents even reaching a point of people demanding its ban. Gujarat and J&K were among the first states to issue notices for its prohibition. With multiple forbiddings inflicted, PUBG was even held liable for dowry, divorces, and cardiac arrests.
In a country where professional gaming finds so limited exposure, PUBG is whacking the scores with tournaments offering total prizes worth 50 lakhs. This surge in gaming levels can also be credited to the internet revolution that came before it. Affordable data packs and the growth of smartphone markets have led to people using more social media and following emerging trends. With the game amassing a lot of propulsion in India, the numbers are only set to climb higher.