Crafton also made the console and PC versions of PUBG: Battlegrounds as free-to-play as the mobile version in January (2022) of the same year. Battle passes and in-game item purchases then became the main source of in-game earnings.
The console and PC versions of Krafton’s super hit battle royale title Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds — PUBG: Battlegrounds — went free-to-play in January this year. After the change in the revenue model, the earnings of this game are touching new heights.
Crafton announced the game’s Q1 2022 earnings via a press release. According to this, the earnings of PUBG: Battlegrounds on PC have increased by 61 percent to $82.3 million compared to last year.
The jump is even higher on the console. According to the report, its earnings have increased by 274 percent compared to last year. The console version has also jumped higher than the previous Corter. This QoQ is +124 percent.
Crafton’s PUBG title is available on PC and console as well as mobile. However, while the company made the mobile version free-to-play, users had to buy it first to play the PC and console versions. Crafton launched the game on Steam in early 2017.
While players had to pay to play PUBG on PC or console, other battle royale titles in the gaming industry, such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone, were operating free-to-play. Their earnings were also high-fi. Last week EA reported that Apex Legends crossed the $2 billion mark in three years.
Crafton also made the console and PC versions of PUBG: Battlegrounds as free-to-play as the mobile version in January (2022) of the same year. Battle passes and in-game item purchases then became the main source of in-game earnings. The mobile version of this game is already earning very well in the free-to-play model. PUBG: Mobile earned $307.1 million in Q1 2022.
PUBG: Battlegrounds’ earnings also increased and its monthly active users (MAU) increased after the switch from the paid version to the free-to-play version of the console and PC versions. Crafton reported that the game’s MAUs nearly tripled in Q1 2022 compared to Q4 2021. This means that now these two versions are playing three times more people than before.