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Twitch Implement New Filters to Make PUBG Streams Easier to Watch

Published: 16/May/2018 17:11 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:54

by Calum Patterson


Twitch have rolled out new intelligent tools and filters for users watching streams of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), allowing them to tailor their viewing experience.

Some of the most popular games on Twitch are of course the battle royale genre, with games like H1Z1, PUBG and Fortnite leading the way.

PUBG of course was one of the first battle royale games to become majorly popular for streaming, and often held the number one spot on the site for most concurrent viewers.

It has been dethroned to an extent but its main rival, Fortnite, but still attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers everyday, and some of the biggest names on Twitch still consistently stream PUBG over its counterpart.

And it is not difficult to understand why PUBG and similar games are so popular for spectators, with a single match typically taking no longer than 20 minutes, and can be particularly intense as it reaches the final few players.

Amazon owned Twitch have obviously taken note of the growth of BR, which now often surpasses major esports events in viewership, and so are putting some work into improving the viewing experience.

New tools and filters have been implemented so that viewers of PUBG can now sort streams by a two variables; the mode (solo, duo or squad) and the number of players remaining.

This allows viewers to make switch between matches as they near completion, tuning in at the most intense moments and cutting out all the boring bits.

The filters are akin to the map filters used for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streams, which allow users to only view streams playing a certain map.

Given the information needed for these filters, it is likely that it is only possible with PC based PUBG streams, and may not be possible with console streams playing on Xbox.


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


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.

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.”

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.