PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is fast becoming known as one of the biggest games of all time. That's no joke and it's not even hyperbole. It's selling at an astonishing rate and breaking records left and right. In fact, the latest record it broke was a record that it had already previously set, proving that it's not just a flash in the pan like some people may have thought.
That figure actually breaches old Steam records for the number of people who were logged into Steam at once. If it keeps up at this rate we might even see PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds have more players concurrently in the game than every other game combined.
In fact, it's not entirely impossible that such a feat might take place given that average peak times already sees PUBG Corp's game having more peak players than all the top 10 games played per day combined. That's right, if you combine all of the top 10 games played on Steam, they only come up to 65% of the number of players who are concurrently playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
It's such a far cry from everything else currently being played on Steam, including the former champion of peak players, Dota 2. The game used to hold the record of peak players just above Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but PUBG Corporation's third-person Battle Royale game has just taken off to all new heights. As pointed out by Polygon, the max concurrent players that Dota 2 ever achieved was 1.29 million unique players at once.
The game originally came onto the scene last year in March as an Early Access title on Steam. It wasn't a promoted game and no one had ever heard of it other than those who were familiar with the Arma mod. The game took a lot of the basic survival elements from predecessors like DayZ and The Culling, but then evolved the concept of survival on an island by centering it around the premise of the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale. However, instead of being a classroom full of students, the game focuses on custom-made player characters from all walks of life. The other big change is that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has up to 100 players per instance, so the challenge and survival elements are so much more challenging than previous games that came out within the same genre.
No one saw the game becoming the best-selling title of 2017. It currently boasts more than 26 million copies having been moved on PC alone, proving that PC gaming is far from dead. A large portion of the player base also comes from China, which has had its own series of ups and downs throughout the previous year.
However, PUBG Corporation has moved onto greener pastures in the form of an Xbox One release, where the game has already sold more than a million copies. The growth doesn't seem to be slowing down and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds could end up eclipsing the sales of GTA V if it keeps at its current trajectory.