Well, it's safe to say PUBG's downward slope is slowly turning into a Steam trend, a concerning thought indeed. Don't buy into the headlines though - if PUBG is a game that's going to die soon, then other titles already on the market don't even qualify as having been born yet.
Now we're most certainly not very un-good with numbers, but we're no financial analysts either, so don't expect us to be dividing social allowance of Bluehole's lift-boys with the distance they cover per annum to deduce some number that shows how company stock performed in Maui. We're measuring a pulse, baby - by way of traffic stats.
Also, don't think we're advocating hysteria or anything, because we're not - the game is still a firm favourite on Steam's charts, almost quadrupling the figures of its next best competitor. So, even the 600K loss doesn't really seem that tragic. Not for PUBG, not yet.
Users have been clamouring for larger scale changes for quite a while now, but are their pleas are constantly falling on deaf ears. Guys, maybe someone could've just knocked? Nope, there's no doors on the internet.
The latest update perhaps best epitomises the situation - it's as useful as eye candy in the dark and there seems to be no intention on the devs' side to do something about it.
This graph represents the daily peak concurrent users for PUBG. Fortnite is gaining market share at a rapid rate. There needs to be an infusion of new content, changes, and fixes soon. I'm not trying to be alarmist... but I'm alarmed. pic.twitter.com/g86rbL0WEE— wtfmoses (@WTFmoses) February 20, 2018
Not all is as peachy though - remember how only months earlier, PUBG Corp's survival shooter was racking up 3 million concurrent users, with everyone wondering as to why? The graphics were quirky and glitchy, performance was lousy, etc. Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale is picking up speed somewhat fast and in general just looks vastly superior.
Players have filled customary buckets with tears and taken their concerns to professional redditors, who have considerable experience in listening to moaning and feigning psychotherapy.