PUBG Mobile passes 1bn downloads

first_imgPUBG Mobile passes 1bn downloadsMilestone reaches as Tencent’s online games revenues rise 29% year-on-year to $6 billionJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 25th March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articlePUBG CorporationTencentThe mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has surpassed one billion downloads outside of China.The figure was revealed during publisher Tencent’s recent earnings call, Reuters reports. The battle royale’s popularity on mobile has driven it to become one of the most downloaded games in the world. According to estimates from Sensor Tower, only Subway Surfers and Candy Crush Saga have outperformed it.Notably, both titles are casual titles so PUBG Mobile raises the bar for what a core-focused title can accomplish on mobile.Its success is all the more impressive given the hurdles it has had to overcome in key mobile markets.In China, the game is unable to monetise due to the country’s strict regulations. The situation that prompted Tencent to run its own rival, Game For Peace (also known as Peacekeeper Elite), that serves as a “homage to the Chinese military.”This Chinese relaunch drove the game to become the first mobile battle royale ever to surpass $1 billion in revenue.Meanwhile in India, PUBG Mobile was banned in four cities back in 2019. The local authorities claimed it was provoking angry and violent behaviour in young people.Last year, the game was among 118 apps the Indian government banned over concerns round ties to China and user privacy violations.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games PUBG Corporation announced plans in November to launch PUBG Mobile India, a new version of the game specific to the market.The one billion download milestone comes as Tencent reports online games revenues rose by 29% in Q4 2020 to RMB 39.1 billion ($6 billion).Of this, games revenues from outside of China reached RMB 9.8 billion ($1.5 billion), up 43% year-on-year.For the record, this article previously cited RMB 39.1 billion as Tencent’s online games revenues for 2020 but this is actually the figure for its fourth quarter. We have corrected the text accordingly.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 5 days agoPUBG parent Krafton applies for IPOSeoul-based analysts valued the PUBG maker at around $17.9 billionBy Danielle Partis 25 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Recessed county commission meeting is recessed – again

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Commission recessed its regular February meeting from last Monday until this week in order to resolve a necessary spending resolution to reopen the county’s animal shelter. Then they were forced to recess again in order to review what is possibly a better offer.The shelter has been forced to avoid taking in animals except for strays and rescues, which are immediately farmed out to temporary foster homes or other shelters in nearby counties.Last fall an effort to seal the shelter’s porous concrete floors and walls failed, and estimates for an adequate repair job approached $40,000. In order to move forward with a contractor and provide the necessary legal notices for emergency spending without going through a bidding process, the commission had to delay a decision until this past Monday, when the animal control committee hoped to agree on a recommendation.Instead, the committee received still another offer from a competing business, this time a local contractor with what appeared to be a better offer.The original estimate from one contractor would cost the county $39,800 but would only cover interior concrete floors and walls with a fresh epoxy coating after the old inferior coating is stripped away. Monday night the committee heard from the competing firm, based in Campbell County, that proposed coating not only interior floors but the exterior kennel runs, doubling the area treated, for $43,531.Several commissioners voiced their preference for awarding the job to the local business, but agreed that an architect who has been retained to review any proposals would need time to inspect the product and make sure the county does not make the same mistake all over again.Finance Director Jeff Marlow advised the commission that they would need to approve a motion to retain the architect at a cost of $6,600 and once they have settled on a contractor, the commission would need to pass an emergency spending resolution.As a result the committee recessed their meeting until 6:30 p.m. this Thursday night, with the full commission recessing until immediately after the committee makes a decision in order to approve the expenditure.The Monday night meeting wasn’t entirely in vain, however, as the commissioners were also asked to approve a motion to authorize the county’s attorney in the rock quarry controversy to take “whatever legal action might be necessary” at the law firm’s discretion.  The new quarry is near Campbell County High School.A law partner of attorney James Wright appeared before the commission to explain that if the quarry operators decide to challenge the county’s bid to regulate them in court, the law firm needed an official vote giving them the freedom to respond without delay.Scott Kitts made the necessary motion, seconded by Sue Nance, to authorize Wright’s firm to pursue legal action if necessary to protect the county’s interests.The motion passed unanimously with one abstention. Carl Douglas questioned whether the quarry operators could come back with a legal claim against Campbell County if they eventually overturned the county’s resolution and sued for lost income and costs.When the attorney replied that such liability would be up to the courts but doubted the quarry operator could recover damages under the county powers act, Douglas responded, “I hope and pray that we don’t get in that situation,” as he abstained from voting on the motion.Mayor E. L. Morton informed the commission that the quarry operator had contacted attorney Wright about having a conference, probably by phone, with Wright and county officials on Tuesday (yesterday). The commission may learn of any results from that conversation when they meet again on Thursday. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/26/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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