Candidate for game of the year and current holder of the PC gaming throne, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has recently been awarded a total of 7 Guinness World Records. That puts it on par with the 7 Guinness World Records that GTA:V smashed back when it was still new.
It’s pretty incredible to see an indie game go from 0-7 world records so fast. I mean, a year ago no one even knew what PUBG was, but now you’d be hard-pressed to find a PC gamer who doesn’t know what it is. If that’s not success then I don’t know what is.
Not everything is golden with PUBG however, there are still plenty of bugs and glitches that have to be addressed, and there are still some planned features that aren’t in the game yet. But, what is there has been enough to not only earn over 10,000,000 sold copies, but also concurrent player counts that are undeniably the highest the world has ever had.
So, what are these world records that PUBG recently smashed? Let’s take a look. These records are in no specific order.
- First video game to reach 2 million concurrent players on Steam
This award came on the tail of PUBG surpassing the 2 million concurrent player mark in October 2017.
- Most actively played game on Steam
This one isn’t much different than the previous record, but here it is.
- Most concurrent players for a Steam Early Access game
Currently, PUBG’s max concurrent player count is 2,866,566. Or, about 2 million more than DOTA 2.
- Most concurrent players on Steam for a non-Valve video game
Another concurrent players award, this time for not being a Valve game.
- First non-Valve video game to be the most played game on Steam
The last “most played” award was given for pretty much the same reason as the previous one.
- Fastest time to sell 1 million units for a Steam Early Access game
It only took them 16 days post-release to crush this one. Wow.
- Fastest Steam Early Access game to gross $100 million
79 days after launch, PUBG had already amassed over $100 million in sales.
There you have it, PUBG’s 7 (current) world records as awarded by Guinness (not the beer). Personally, I don’t agree with PUBG’s run for GOTY as it’s technically not a full game, but these records are pretty hard to argue with. If anything, I think PUBG should definitely receive an award for EGOTY (Early Game of the Year). I would have said EAGOTY, but, it has EA in it so I’ll pass.
Do you think PUBG should receive the Game of the Year award, or do you feel that there should be a new category made just for Early Access titles? What do you think about the 7 world records that PUBG recently smashed? What game would you nominate instead of PUBG for GOTY? Let’s talk about it in the comment section!