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Dr Disrespect angrily explains all the reasons why “nobody” plays PUBG

Published: 8/Oct/2019 17:34 Updated: 8/Oct/2019 17:54

by Albert Petrosyan

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Top Twitch streamer Dr Disrespect has predicted doom for battle royale giant PUBG, breaking down all of the reasons why he thinks that “nobody is playing the game.”

Once on top of the battle royale genre, there is no doubt that PUBG has slipped down the totem pole over the past couple of years.

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The emergence of rivals Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout has certainly played a role in that, but both pale in comparison to the dominance that Fortnite has had since it was released in September 2017.

One top streamer who has stuck with the game, however, has been Dr Disrespect, who continues to play the game on stream from time to time, despite consistently reminding his large audience of its shortcomings. 

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That said, even he believes that the end of even relative prominence is near for PUBG, especially with Modern Warfare set to be released at the end of October.

DR DISRESPECT - TWITCH / PUBG CORPThe Doc has had many run-ins with PUBG over the past few years.

In iconic Doc style, the Two-Time went on a rage-filled spit-flying rant about the state of PUBG, and why its downfall is all but inevitable.

“Guess what, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, we’ve got a couple of more weeks, and then guess what – Battlegrounds, we’ll probably never hear from it again,” he said. “It’s too bad, but you never f*cking fixed your game! You never did anything with your game!”

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He then went on to list some of the things the developers could have done to prevent their game from reaching this tipping point.

“You never made it feel really good and smooth! You never added any new content, you didn’t add any servers, so I’m not playing on 90 ping every game! You didn’t do anything Blue Balls! That’s why nobody is playing your game!”

It’s very clear that, judging by the passionate way he conveyed the message, the Doc actually cares about PUBG and would love for the game to reach prominence again.

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However, this is hardly the first time he’s sent such a warning to developers, and with the game never fulfilling the Two-Time’s full expectations, it’s hard to blame him for being so frustrated. 

That said, while Doc’s prediction may be worth listening to, there are also actual hard player-count statistics that can be analyzed to project in which direction PUBG may be headed.

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According to SteamCharts, the average number of players has gotten no higher than 390,000 since April 2019, and has been on a steady decline overall ever since peaking at over 1.58 million players on average in January 2018.

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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