Everyone’s favorite record-breaking battle royale, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG, set a new record today in terms of concurrent players – people playing at one time. Roughly 1,000,000 more concurrent players than DOTA2 has ever managed to achieve and about 1,000,000 more than the previous record was.
Since PUBG launched earlier in 2017, the player base has continued to grow at a pace that no other PC game has ever seen through Steam; I honestly don’t think that there are any other games that could rival PUBG’s concurrent player counts at this stage.
It was only the end of August when PUBG surpassed DOTA2 for peak amount of daily players and effectively earned the 2nd place spot for most players at once. Only a couple of weeks later, on September 16, PUBG surpassed DOTA2’s record of 1,291,328 concurrent players from March 2016 by hitting 1,348,374.
About a month later it broke 2-million, and now just today it’s hit a total of 2,279,084. Pretty incredible if you ask me, not only did they beat the old record within the past 30 days, but they’ve almost doubled it – I imagine we’ll be seeing it hit 2.6 million before too long.
No other game (on Steam) has seen growth like PUBG has. I mean, it took DOTA2 roughly 3-years to set the old record and it took CS:GO a couple of years to even begin to gain real traction. But not PUBG, just 8-months after launch and it’s already breaking the old records and setting new ones that no other game will come close to for who knows how long, if ever.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not parading or fanboying here. It’s just really amazing for me to see a game go from 0-2.2 million so insanely fast. It doesn’t feel like that long ago when I was writing about my experiences in PUBG on launch day and I said “I guess we’ll have to see where PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sits in 6 months time”. Well, 8 months later and it’s sitting at the top, who could have guessed?
You would have to combine the peak concurrent player counts for CS:GO, DOTA2, and Fallout 4 – but even that won’t be enough within another week.
Even with a peak of 12-million subscribers, I can’t imagine a massive MMO like World of Warcraft has even come close to PUBG’s numbers, although that’s pure speculation and I have no real clue – Blizzard doesn’t publish that sort of info. It’s definitely possible, but I would be pretty surprised.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it’s good or bad for PC gaming as a whole? Let me know in the comments!