Battleground received positive reviews from critics, who found that while the game had some technical flaws, it offered new types of gameplay that could easily be approached by players of any skill level and were highly iterative.  The game was attributed to popularizing the battle royale genre, following its success many informal Chinese clones were also produced.  The game also received several Game of the Year nominations, among other accolades.  PUBG Corporation has run a number of small tournaments and introduced in-game tools to help broadcast the game to audiences, as they want to become a popular esports for it.  The game has been banned in some countries for allegedly harmful and addictive to young players.