PUBG has had probably the most financially profitable yr since 2019, in keeping with a developer Krafton. The corporate introduced 433.8 billion KRW (or $320.4 million USD) in income in Q3 2022, a staggering sum of money reflecting a 2% improve in income and 17% improve in income quarter-over-quarter.
As for why this has occurred, it’s acknowledged within the official press launch that includes this information that the elevated gross sales of PUBG in Q3 2022 because of the constant influx of recent gamers since going free-to-play. An particularly eye-catching determine comes from PC gross sales, which elevated by 48% from final quarter.
Consoles noticed comparable progress too, with quarterly gross sales rising by 22% from final quarter, and over double the variety of gross sales from final yr. What drove new gamers to choose up the sport other than the transition to free-to-play? The sport has seen a number of main updates over the previous few months, together with a brand new map and quite a few collaborations with different manufacturers. Whereas PUBG has remained a powerhouse in Japanese markets, these current adjustments seem to have introduced in an elevated variety of gamers from Western areas.
Upon seeing the general announcement of elevated income, you, like me, might have assumed a lot of the expansion got here from PUBG cellular. Whereas the platform did make floor, with $208.6 million USD price of gross sales (which is wild), that’s down 26% year-over-year since 2021. A lot of that success Krafton claims comes from crossovers, comparable to worldwide soccer gamers and supercare manufacturers.
As for the longer term, Krafton nonetheless has The Callisto Protocol popping out later this yr. As one of many final huge releases coming in 2022, it’s not laborious to imagine that it has excessive hopes for the undertaking. As well as, Krafton additionally introduced it has purchased Neon Large, builders of The Ascent, alongside information that Neon Large has an open world FPS within the works.
There’s additionally the undertaking primarily based on The Chook That Drinks Tears that’s nonetheless a methods out. All of future tasks mixed, paired with the rising presence that PUBG has over the battle royale style, it’s protected to say Krafton is carving an area for itself that’s as a result of develop bigger and bigger. That’s, if PUBG can keep its place as a heavy hitter in 2022 and people upcoming video games make a sufficiently big splash.
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