Battle royale games rake in $2 billion on mobile alone

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Fortnite isn't top of the list, but there's a catch.
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Battle royale games have now raked in more than $2 billion on Android and iOS, according to the latest data.

Fortnite and competing titles like PUBG Mobile earned an estimated $476 million during the first quarter of 2019 alone. A surprising title leads in player spending — but there is a catch.

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Yes, Fortnite is still killing it.
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The best iOS games of 2018 [Year in Review]

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Year in Review Best iOS Games 2018
Every mobile gamer needs to play these titles.
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Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018The iPhone and iPad have become insanely powerful devices, with new A-series chips delivering even faster performance every year. That means mobile gaming keeps getting better and better, and 2018 had more than its fair share of groundbreaking releases.

Here’s our roundup of the best games from the past year, which features smash hits like Fortnite, as well as some lesser-known titles that every mobile gamer has to try.

Huge PUBG Mobile update adds War mode and lots more

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PUBG Mobile is bigger and better.
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PUBG’s mission to fight back against Fortnite continues today with a massive update that brings a whole host of awesome new content to mobile.

Players can enjoy a fast-paced War mode and a brand new sniper rifle, join clans, chat with friends, earn new achievements, and lots more.

PUBG rips off Fortnite’s Battle Pass, adds first-person mode

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Play PUBG Mobile in first person!
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PUBG Mobile just got a huge update on mobile as it steps up its fight back against Fortnite.

Its new Royale Pass, just like Fortnite’s Battle Pass, gives PUBG Mobile players the ability to unlock rewards as they level up. Daily and weekly challenges will be available to help you progress faster. The update also brings a new first-person mode and lots more.

PUBG Mobile gets a new place to battle, other improvements

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PUBG Mobile 0.5.0
PUBG Mobile is bigger and better.
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The long-awaited 0.5.0 update launched for the iOS version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s loaded with new features, including the Miramar desert map with additional vehicles and weapons.

PUBG is a popular combat game available for a variety of platforms, with a mobile version for iPad and iPhone. It’s one of the top competitors for Fortnite.

PUBG Mobile‘s new modes ease you into the battleground

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The new Training Grounds and Arcade modes let you practice PUBG Mobile without getting killed almost immediately.
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The point of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is to throw you into a battle and see if you survive. But that can be a bit intimidating for those who’ve never played before, so Tencent just added two practice modes to the mobile version. One of these involves playing in a smaller area, and can become its own challenge with the right settings.

Sadly, the iOS version doesn’t have these new modes yet, but an upgrade is expected soon.

You’re winning PUBG Mobile because you’re playing against bots

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PUBG Mobile is easy at first.
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So, you’re racking up wins in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on iOS and you’re thinking about quitting your day job, ditching the wife and kids, and going pro. But wait!

You’re probably finding the game relatively easy if you’re a new player because you’re going up against bots. PUBG Mobile uses bots to ease new players into the game, then gradually reduces the number of them as you improve and level up.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds fights Fortnite on iPhone in U.S.

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PUBG Mobile reaches the West.
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It is shaping up to be a spectacular month for battle royale games on iOS. After the hugely popular Fortnite landed in the App Store last week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has made its way to iPhone and iPad.

After a round of beta testing in Canada, the free PUBG Mobile is now available on iOS (and Android) in the United States and other locations around the world.