Bluehole Studios’ PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is at present getting evaluate bombed. It is a uncommon factor that occur to video games for a lot of causes; normally it is in relation to a recreation function not being carried out correctly, or being a nasty port, or some anti-consumer measure taken by the builders. On this case, it is a bit extra advanced and nuanced than another evaluate bombing conditions. The brief gist of it’s that some Chinese language avid gamers are offended about having to pay additional to entry proxies with a purpose to scale back their latency as a result of there are not any Chinese language recreation servers.
Over on the official Steam store page you will shortly discover that the general evaluate score has gone from constructive right down to blended. The histogram on the backside of the web page reveals an enormous spike in detrimental opinions — as of the writing of this text there are greater than 22,000 detrimental opinions logged since September 28th, 2017, a lot of that are from Chinese language avid gamers.
With the recent update from Valve, it reveals that the detrimental opinions (also called evaluate bombing) are in response to 2 issues: the primary challenge is the continued drawback of “stream sniping,” the place gamers are accused of and banned for allegedly watching a live-stream on Twitch of somebody taking part in the sport after which killing the streamer within the recreation after determining their place. Loads of gamers are complaining within the opinions about being banned for stream-sniping, and claiming that that is hurting the gameplay of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on account of streamers getting a say-so on who’s stream-sniping.
The second main drawback is extra of a service challenge. Hundreds upon 1000’s of Chinese language gamers have complained to Bluehole about paid proxies with a purpose to scale back latency. What makes this so unhealthy is that some gamers are complaining that the price of the proxies to restrict the lag is about the identical value as the sport itself, however they solely acquire entry to the proxies for about 4 months at a time. So, third-parties are getting cash on the recurring charges required for Chinese language gamers to play on the identical servers as these within the U.S. and in Europe since there are not any official Chinese language servers for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in the intervening time.
Issues escalated even additional when the beta replace went reside for Steam gamers on September 26th, making it so gamers are unable to decide on their area of choice and there is an added in-game commercial for Chinese language gamers to buy an “official” proxy accelerator. Lots of the gamers really feel that is insulting as a result of they’ve already paid for the sport and now they’re being marketed a proxy that may assist web them first rate ping when taking part in in opposition to People and Europeans.
The true challenge right here is that many Chinese language avid gamers taking part in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are offended that there are not any official servers for his or her area, and but they’re being goaded into paying additional simply to play the sport with any type of first rate ping. It truly is an unlucky state of affairs.
The larger query is, clearly, why there are not any official Chinese language servers or servers devoted to Asia? A variety of complaints centering across the proxies and the in-game proxy adverts can be alleviated with devoted regional servers. That is particularly egregious on condition that many gamers are additionally nonetheless complaining a few lack of correct optimization and efficiency, so that they’re primarily paying twice to play the sport and nonetheless aren’t receiving a top-tier gameplay expertise.
As for the difficulty with the stream-sniping… nicely, I am unsure precisely how Bluehole can resolve that drawback, however it would not sound prefer it’s going away anytime quickly.