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Decksplash's free week is here, game still a long way from it's 100,000-or-cancelled player goal (Updated)

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UPDATE (November 6): Decksplash developer Bossa Studios has been in touch with some more up-to-date figures for the game's free week. Since the event launched on Thursday, there have been 27,261 'first-time downloads', a daily average of around 5,500.

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There were strong reactions all round when Bossa Studios announced that it would cancel its skateboard turf-war game Decksplash if it didn't reach 100,000 players (opens in new tab) during a free week. That free week is now upon us, lasting until next Friday, and so far around 7,000 players have jumped on board since the launch on Thursday, according to Steam Spy (opens in new tab).

Roughly 14,000 people have downloaded the game for the free week and half have actually played the game, the stats site suggests, which shows that it's attracting interest. But it will have to pick up speed to meet its goal.

If you don't know about Decksplash, it's made up of PvP matches in which you and two teammates gain control of parts of an arena by stringing together combos of grinds, spins, and manuals and then splatting down your team's paint on the ground as you land. 

As I said, the news that the game could be cancelled before it launched proved controversial, and the reaction was strong enough for Bossa to shoot a video explaining the decision, which you can watch below.

For what it's worth, the reactions of Steam users (opens in new tab) that have tried the game have been mostly positive. Here's a clip of the game in action:

Head over to the Steam page (opens in new tab) if you fancy checking it out.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.