Written byShuvrajit Das Biswas ·
It quickly gained popularity in the West for being free to play while constantly introducing new content, and smoother gameplay experience through its updates.
However, PUBG Mobile is giving tough competition and current reports state that the number of gamers for PUBG Mobile equals Fortnite's.
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While Fortnite's popularity in the Battle Royale genre stems mostly from the Western market and console gamers, PUBG has targeted an extremely different market demography. Its mobile game has a massive fan following in Chinese and Indian markets due to a variety of factors.
The Verge reports that PUBG Mobile reached a phenomenal landmark of over 200 million gamers, which equals the same number of Fortnite players across all platforms.
Notably, both games enjoy around 30 million daily gamers.
However, Bloomberg reported Fortnite's 200 million mark in November 26, so its numbers could have increased, but if we factor in PUBG's PC and console gamers, PUBG easily wins.
China contributes significantly to the number of gamers within the PUBG community.
This is primarily because of China's love for first-person shooters. Since consoles were banned in China till 2015, many gamers latched on to the mobile version of PUBG when it came out.
Notably, PUBG's mobile version came out before Fortnite's thus successfully capturing the mobile gamer base due to first mover advantage.
PUBG Mobile has easily eclipsed Fortnite's popularity in India due to a few reasons.
Firstly, Fortnite for mobile is only playable on high-end devices while PUBG can run on mobiles with lower specifications.
Moreover, most of the Indian gaming community comprises mobile gamers due to a rise in smartphone ownership. Coupled with increased internet access, it led to PUBG Mobile's rising popularity.
PUBG Mobile recently started Season 4 and will be releasing the snow map, Vikendi soon. The map will become available for matchmaking day after, as per reports. This should further bolster the number of PUBG Mobile gamers, making it the world's most popular Battle Royale.
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