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PUBG Free Weekend

As safety measures surrounding COVID-19 continue to keep people in their homes, the #PlayApartTogether message remains just as important. To further support this industry wide initiative, we're running a PUBG Free Play Weekend on Steam! From June 4th 17:00 UTC until June 8th 17:00 UTC, you and your friends can try out PUBG at no cost. Even better, the game will be available for purchase at a discount of 50% off so you can continue your Battlegrounds journey and work towards the all-new ranked mode!…

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Update 7.2 - Now Live!

Update 7.2 has just hit live servers and brings with it PUBG's long-awaited Ranked Mode. In Ranked Mode, up to 64 seasoned opponents battle it out in squad based combat to try and increase their Rank using a new competitive ruleset that puts more focus on loot and pacing. As you complete ranked matches, your Rank Points will rise and fall depending on your performance, which will move your Rank and Tier in turn. Reach at least Gold V and you'll be rewarded with some exclusive skins at the end of…

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Dev letter: Ranked Mode

Introducing: Ranked Mode

As many of you know, we’ve been working to add a skill-based ranking system to PUBG for quite some time.  Ranked Mode provides an additional challenge for experienced players, allowing them to climb the ranks and see where they stand among other players. Ranked will be an ever-evolving core feature of the game going forward and comes with many things to understand, so let's go over some of the design goals and launch features.  We plan to dive deeper into specific pieces…

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PUBG's new Ranked Mode is now live for ladder climbing enthusiasts

Update 7.2 for ye olde Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has landed hot on the live servers and it’s coming with some changes that are likely to rock the boat a bit. Despite PUBG Corp calling them a “controversial topic,” non-player AI contestants are dropping in to regular matches. For the extra-competitive players, a new Ranked Mode is replacing the old Survival Title system and is getting its own queue to boot. (more…)

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Australia Fire Relief Charity Sale Results

Dear PUBG Fans,
Back in February, we asked for your help in trying something new. At the time, Australia was just starting to recover from devastating brushfires across their country and in an effort to help them through that difficult time, we set up a fundraiser through the sale of the Australia Fire Relief - Pan skin on both PC and Console. While the world has changed a lot since then, we wanted to share the results of your generous efforts and give an update on where we’re sending that money. Read More

PUBG brings controversial bots to PC servers

Having been introduced on consoles last month, bots are now making their debut on PUBG's PC test servers as part of update 7.2, and I think it's fair to say some players aren't very happy about it. As explained by PUBG Corp, bots are being introduced in public matchmaking as a way to provide new players with easier targets and tackle the widening skill gap. Some have speculated, however, that it could also be a way to bulk up lobbies and reduce queue times due to declining player numbers. In any…

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PUBG will start pitting you against bots if it judges your skills lacking

Yup, it’s happening. Bots are going to be joining your Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds matches—but only if you need some extra target practice. PUBG Corp say that bot opponents have been a “controversial topic” for the battle royale but that they think the widening skill gap between veteran players and the new chaff demands an easier entry to their murder islands. They’re relegated to the test servers for now but will likely be joining proper matches soon. (more…)

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Update 7.2 - Now on the Test Server

Welcome Back, Survivors!
Update 7.2 is now available on Test Servers and brings with it weapon balance changes, new ways to play with fire, and the long-awaited Ranked Mode. With Ranked Mode, PUBG players can finally test their skills against the best players in the world, rising (and falling) through the ranks for great rewards and of course bragging rights.
This update also brings Bots to PC servers, which we know has been a controversial topic among the Community the last few weeks. Rest assured…

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PCS Charity Showdown - Broadcasting channels, schedule and more

Hello PUBG Esports fans!
PUBG Continental Series (PCS) Charity Showdown is almost here and will kick-off its journey starting from APAC on May 14! We're providing English broadcasts as well as multiple other languages with the best PUBG Esports talent for all the matches around the world.

PCS Charity Showdown Main Feed (English)

Channels:twitch.tv/playbattlegroundsyoutube.com/pubgesports In addition to English streaming, PCS Charity Showdown broadcasts in various additional languages shown below.

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Jonathan Frakes probes the fact or fiction of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds lore

A new Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds in-universe documentary explores the history of a deserted dinosaur theme park with the perfect host: Jonathan Frakes. He’s recently escaped the shadow of playing William T. Riker on the sci-fi show Lexx, finding new fame for saying “Not this time” and “It’s a total fabrication!” in compilation videos of his time hosting 90s show Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction. Who better to probe the strange death of a mascot at the island of Vikendi’s Dinoland? (more…)

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Please watch this man perform videogame soundtracks on his Mongolian string instrument

You know how it is. You think you’re into videogame soundtracks, then you go and hear someone perform ten of them on a Mongolian string instrument. I recently spent 20 minutes listening to a man do just that, and I think you should too.Genius Jaavka is the man. The morin khuur is his instrument. Songs from Horizon Zero Dawn (coming to PC this summer), Mortal Kombat, Dota 2 and Fortnite are just some of the ones he treats us to. He’s really very good. (more…)

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Welcome to PUBG Continental Series Charity Showdown!

Hello PUBG Esports fans!
The ongoing COVID19 pandemic continues to present challenges around the world and we feel now is the time not only for fun but also kindness. We are pleased to present the PUBG Continental Series (PCS) Charity Showdown happening May 14 – 31. This is a series of global events where teams will compete for $200,000 with $100,000 of that pot being donated to a charity of the winning team’s choosing.
Today we have detailed breakdowns of each event including schedules…

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Dev Letter: Anti-Cheat Performance Plans for 2020

Hello players,
This is Taeseok Jang, Executive Producer of PUBG PC.
With the entire world facing the threat of COVID-19, let me start by wishing you and your loved ones good health. Like everyone, PUBG's teams around the world have had to change our work practices a bit, but we’re doing all we can to safely provide new content and uninterrupted live service to you all.
2019 was a busy year for us, with lots of new content, updates to some of our maps, and a number of quality of life fixes. While much…

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Update 7.1 - Now Live!

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Season 7 is now live and brings back the snow speckled island of Vikendi. While on vacation, Vikendi received several updates to its terrain, buildings, and environment. The biggest of which is the newly updated and rebranded Dinoland, the prehistoric park of the future! Clever boys and girls from all over can partake in the park’s amusements or seek out one of several outfits from Dinoland’s staff through Survivor Pass: Cold Front. If you’re…

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has overhauled Vikendi, expanding its dinosaur theme park

The small snowy map of Vikendi returned to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds with the start of Season 7 today, having been pulled from rotation in January for improvements. They’ve removed a few villages, added more cover in places, reduced the amount of snow across a lot of the island, and, most importantly, rebuilt the scrappy old Dino Park (which I did already adore) as the larger and flashier Dinoland. While you can’t ride its rusty ferris wheel or the broken rollercoaster winding around a volcano…

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2020 PUBG Esports Update: PUBG Continental Series

Hello PUBG Esports fans,
To support global esports during this time of physical distancing, PUBG Corporation is cancelling the PUBG Global Series while simultaneously introducing the PUBG Continental Series online competition.
Since February 2020, when the decision was made to indefinitely postpone the first chapter of PGS 2020, PGS Berlin, we’ve worked to find a solution that’s healthy and safe for fans, staff, and players around the world. The first conclusion: it is difficult to host live tournament…

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Update 7.1 - Now on the Test Server

When we launched Karakin back in Season 6, Vikendi was put on a short hiatus. During that time, we’ve put a lot of work into making PUBG’s frosty Battleground something new and special. Once we were close to finished, we gathered a little more feedback and made adjustments after the PUBG Partner test last month. Now we’re happy to announce that Vikendi is ready to be brought back into the fight in Update 7.1!
Vikendi has had quite a few changes since you saw it last. We’ve updated terrain…

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Plunkbat's fantasy LARP mode is real, and it's some decent daft fun

Turning the edgy murder enthusiasts of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds into daffy LARPers clad in homemade armour of tinfoil, buckets, and bathrobes sounds like an April Fools’ joke, and it was – but the devs did still make it. The Fantasy Battle Royale event mode launched yesterday and is around for another six days, so I called up the laaads last night. It’s really quite fun! The class-based LARPing is fun to play, charging about with swords and magic spells, and the whole thing is tonally fun in…

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Fantasy Battle Royale

And now for something completely different... [previewyoutube=IX9EJEupvOk;full][/previewyoutube]Greetings Internet Warriors!
April Fools’ Day is a long-celebrated tradition in the gaming world. Whether through silly videos, fake patch notes, or even full blown in-game events, it’s the time of year where teams can go a little crazy and try something completely different— and it doesn’t get much more different for us than Fantasy Battle Royale.
First off, we understand that times are difficult…

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds will run fantasy LARP with classes in its April Fools' event

Paladins, wizards, magic spells, unicorn motorbikes, and crafting are coming to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds with the silly Fantasy Battle Royale event mode celebrating April Fools’ Day. Starting Wednesday, it’s Plunkbat, right, but with fantasy classes. What I most like is how all this is dressed as shoddy LARP gear: the Paladin in tinfoil greaves; the Barbarian wearing a Buster Bluth muscle suit; the Wizard in his dressing gown; the Ranger with two off-brand Pringles tubes as thigh-mounted quivers;…

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