Market listings for new Battlegrounds crate stopped
Newly-launched crate has dropped 68% in value.
PlayerUnkown's addition of crates to its popular Battlegrounds battle royale game has got off to a rocky start, with numerous complaints over the inability to purchase the new loot boxes on the Steam community market.
The loot boxes, which were announced last week, have already seen a massive drop in value.
Players attempting to purchase the Desperado crates have been presented with a message saying:
The game's servers are currently too busy. Your purchase has not been completed. No items or wallet funds have been exchanged. Please try again later.
The apparent block on purchases comes after the case lost more than 68% of its value within one day.
Investigations by finder suggest that this crate is the only item on the Steam community market that was affected. Items from other games, such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, were still available to be purchased. Other items from PUBG could also be bought and sold, including the other new crate, the Biker crate.
It is currently unclear as to why trading was suspended. Valve gets a commission for each community market listing, so there could be some financial factors at play. It is also possible that the demand for the crate was too high for the servers to adequately process the data properly.
Listings remained at the same amount and quantity from before 6pm AEDT until sometime before 6:35pm, when the price updated with listings set at US$0.03, a massive 99.4% drop in market value. It's clear from this that people were trying to sell the crates at a ridiculously low price to either fix the market (unlikely given the extreme scale that is required to perform such a move), get rid of what they had in inventory or simply test if the servers were working.
It is also important to note that due to the rewards cap resetting on a Monday, the volume of crates is higher, but this did not affect the price of the other crates anywhere near the extent of the Desperado crate.
From around 6:45pm AEDT, some sales and listings were being processed but error messages were still being shown when we attempted to process a sale and listing.
These crates (with the exception of the Gamescom crate) can be earned through playing the game. When you play online matches, you earn Battle Points. With this in-game currency, you can then unlock a crate as a reward.
The new Desperado crate launched last week alongside the Biker crate. The Desperado crate requires the Early Bird Key to be opened, the same key that opens the Gamescom Invitational Crate, the only other key-based crate in the game. The Biker, Survivor and Wanderer crates do not require a key to be opened.
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