What does PUBG stand for?

What does PUBG stand for?
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton


7th Apr 2023 10:30

If you're a fan of PUBG, then you may be wondering what the acronym 'PUBG' stands for. PUBG is still one of the biggest battle royale games out there, despite releasing way back in 2017. However, while PUBG may still be one of the most popular games on Steam, it's not all that clear what the title's acronym stands for. So, to learn all about what PUBG stands for, keep reading.

What does PUBG stand for?

What does PUBG stand for?
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PUBG stands for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which was the game's original name before it was changed in July 2021 to just PUBG: Battlegrounds.

While the name change may seem redundant as the PUBG acronym already has 'Battlegrounds' in it, the change was made so that future games and other media could easily be differentiated from the original title.

This is mainly due to publisher Krafton wanting to expand the PUBG brand beyond the initial game. They already did this with PUBG: New State, a mobile version of the game, but this is set to continue into other mediums such as television, with Adi Shankar, showrunner of Netflix's Castlevania, set to create a new animated show in the game's universe.

The recent horror game The Callisto Protocol, which was released in December 2022, was also originally meant to be a part of the PUBG universe, though it never featured the PUBG branding outside of Krafton publishing it.

The original director of PUBG, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, is also no longer involved with the IP and doesn't work at Krafton, so changing the name additionally served as a way to remove his moniker from the title of the game itself.

That's all for our explainer of what PUBG stands for, and now you know it's an acronym of the game's original title which was changed to help its branding.

We also cover all the PUBG maps in our map list. 

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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