PUBG Review Bombed on Steam Due to In-game ads Found in China

Chinese players are reporting an in-game ad for a VPN in their lobbies.

News by Matt Kim, .

A wave of negative Steam reviews—mostly from Chinese players—have hit PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in recent days, due to the appearance of an in-game ad in the lobby of PUBG's Chinese servers.

The negative reviews (which you can see for yourself here) are in protest of an in-game ad for a Chinese VPN service that, according to the reviews, appeared in the lobby screen on their games. No other region has reported finding ads in the PUBG lobby.


Coincidentally, Chinese players have previously reported about lag in their servers, even through major data centers in Beijing. As a result, a lot of Chinese players choose to log into other regional servers for a better connection, which has an unintended result of causing lag for players located in those regions.

So the fact that the ad is for a VPN server which advertises a boost in connection to other regional servers feels targeted resulting in widespread complaint from the Chinese player base.

We've reached out to Bluehole to ask whether these in-game ads will soon be populating lobbies in other servers. Considering it costs money to play PUBG, this would seem like a bad move for the company.

Steam recently updated its reviews policies to tackle review bombing by offering histograms that track the reviews of any given game. By most critics accounts however, the new approach to reviews doesn't so much deal with the reviewbomb problem directly as it does just offer more data for players to parse through.

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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #1 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    Odd it's a China-only VPN ad given the "clean up the undesirables" fever pitch the Party is on right now.

    Also, China Publishers Don't Care.
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  • Avatar for imustntrunaway #2 imustntrunaway 5 months ago
    Hey, thinking about web security and VPN topsecur is a must have thing to be safe.
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  • Avatar for peterjack90512 #4 peterjack90512 A month ago
    PUBG is one of my favorite games and I really love to play it on my phone, But I cannot install it on my laptop. My HP laptop runs Windows 10 and it shows some error on that Windows. I have also reported this on HP Australia Support, and I am now waiting for their solution.
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