Brendan ‘PLAYERUNKNOWN’ Greene, the creator of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and CEO of PUBG Corp., was featured in a session at GDC 2018 yesterday. The inevitable question was asked during the event, what are his thoughts on the recent Fortnite success and whether it is taking players away from PUBG?
Greene didn’t shy away from answering the question, and admitted he is glad to see the genre growing and attracting such a huge fanbase and following. He clarified that it was never his intent to “set out to kill” H1Z1 for example, and it’s the same thing happening with the current Fortnite situation.
I have many thoughts.
No, it’s great. I mean it’s great that the battle royale space is expanding and that Fortnite is getting battle royale game mode into hands of a lot more people. So, you know, it grows the genre. That’s it, really.
It’s just great to see. I get asked this question sometimes, like, ‘What’re you doing to combat this?’ I got it when PUBG came out, we were killing H1Z1. Or when H1Z1 came out, it was killing Arma 3. I never set out to kill any of those games. I don’t want have this attitude like ‘We’re better than them.’ We are all a relatively friendly group; we don’t have a real-life GDC battle royale. I really try to combat that perception that I want other people’s games to die. It’s great that more people are exploring this space and more people are getting to play these games. This year I think we’re going to see a big expansion.
What do you think of Greene’s comment?