PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is looking to officially release in Russia in the coming weeks, if word through the grapevine is to be believed.
This stems from two facts. Firstly, creator Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Green is currently visiting the country for the first time. According to an announcement made by Yota Arena, he is scheduled to conduct a “closed meeting” at the site. Following that, Green will be part of a meet-and-greet with fans and then proceed with “show matches” that involve several popular local content creators and publishers.
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Secondly, a third-party skin-tracking website recently discovered a “MAILRU SHIRT” on the test servers. Mail.ru is an internet investment company that began by providing simple email services but has since then expanded into a major corporate figure. It not only has the largest online audience but is also the biggest games publisher in Russia.
It is believed that PUBG Corp. will be working with Mail.ru to promote the online battle royale experience in the country. Such a campaign naturally comes with digital incentives for consumers and the recently discovered goodies might be for that purpose.
Elsewhere, the developer is working hard on improving the current state of PUBG. There are not only concerns for the online stability and presence of servers, but also in-game bugs and technical issues that are increasing with time. The community has been asked to be patient since optimizations can “take months to complete” and arrive.
PUBG recently became the first game on Steam to cross 2 million concurrent players on the digital distribution platform. It is also said to have sold more than 15 million copies since it entered early access on PC over six months ago.