PUBG ban: A blessing for other gaming platforms

Within solely two days of the ban, a home-grown competitor referred to as FAU-G was unveiled by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.

By Shriya Roy

The latest ban on on-line gaming platform PUBG by the federal government got here as a shocker to avid gamers throughout the nation. The ban, nevertheless, proved to be a blessing for other gaming platforms, because it has opened up the web gaming area for all, making it a level-playing subject.

Within solely two days of the ban, a home-grown competitor referred to as FAU-G was unveiled by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. Released by Bengaluru-based nCore video games, FAU-G stands for Fearless and United-Guards and has pledged to donate 20% of its income to the federal government’s fund for paramilitary forces referred to as Bharat Ke Veer. The first stage of the sport is predicated on Galwan Valley in Ladakh, the place 20 Indian troopers misplaced their lives in June.

Amazon, too, lately launched its Prime Gaming platform. It’s the brand new model of Twitch Prime, a service that Amazon launched 4 years in the past, which was tied to the favored sport streaming platform Twitch that it acquired in 2014. Prime Gaming presents free video games, sport content material and a free Twitch channel subscription as a part of a Prime membership. It at the moment presents in-game content material for Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, Apex Legends, EA Sports FIFA 20, League of Legends and greater than 20 other PC, console and cellular video games. It additionally features a free assortment of PC video games each month. “Prime members already get the best of TV, movies and music, and now, we’re expanding our offerings to include the best of gaming,” Larry Plotnick, common supervisor, Prime Gaming, mentioned. “We’re giving customers new content that makes playing their favourite games on every platform even better. So no matter what kind of games you love and no matter where you play them, they’ll be even better with Prime Gaming,” he added. The Prime Gaming service is accessible now with a 30-day free trial for new members.

The launch of the service comes on the heels of the rocky launch of Amazon’s Crucible, a free-to-play multiplayer sport that was launched in May this yr.

After the launch and reception didn’t go as anticipated, Amazon moved Crucible again to the storage, admitting it launched the sport earlier than it was prepared. Crucible’s lack of total originality and its lacklustre characters, fight and artwork fashion made it largely forgettable. It additionally suffered from a little bit of an identification disaster by attempting to be a little bit of every part.

Like Amazon, other different on-line gaming platforms, too, have raised the bar to match the demand within the market. Call of Duty has been round for some time, however the cellular model was launched in October final yr and has garnered an enormous fan following. It’s a first-person shooter (FPS) sport, however has a battle royale mode with an enormous map and even zombies. It can also be one of many oldest franchises within the FPS sport style.

Free Fire was launched in 2017 and is a lesser-known battle royale sport. The 10-minute survival shooter sport is fast-paced and permits as much as 50 gamers to play alongside. The sport has been included in Google Play Store’s editor’s selection and has a ranking of 4.1 after greater than 500 million downloads.

Rules of Survival is one other battle royale sport, which might be the closest to the expertise of PUBG Mobile. The similarity is so nice that it was concerned in a authorized dispute with PUBG over copyright points. A most of 300 gamers are allowed to compete without delay within the newest model of the sport.

Another fashionable first-person motion sport within the area has been Knives Out. This sport was launched as an try to revive the style of first-person motion video games and is predicated on a multiplayer battle royale format. The benefit that this sport has over Rules of Survival is its storage, which roughly involves 600 MB as in comparison with 1 GB for other battle royal video games.

The largest participant within the market proper now, nevertheless, is Fortnite. The premise of the sport consists of 100 gamers leaping on to a battlefield to combat it out. The final participant standing turns into the winner. The largest benefit that the sport enjoys is that, not like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite helps cross-platform performance, in order that the participant can compete towards PC and console gamers.

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