PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Surpasses Dota 2 in Concurrent Users for the First Time

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has hit nearly 900,000 concurrent players on Steam, beating out DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

August 27, 2017

There was a lot of talk about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds this past week at Gamescom 2017, and while we can’t wait to see what the game is capable of now that it’s a Microsoft exclusive coming to Xbox One and Xbox One X, it’s still making one hell of a splash on PC.

With a myriad of streamers and YouTubers getting a piece of the action, it’s no wonder the game has grown to its current peak of popularity. Today PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds achieved the highest concurrent users on Steam with nearly 900,000 players, beating out Counter-Strike: Global Offensive by over 300,000 players, and DOTA 2 by a slim 40,000.

The thing about PUBG is that it doesn’t seem to want to slow down. The game attracted 90,000 new players in July, and another 130,000 in August. While these figures are outstanding, it’s crazy to think that the game hasn’t even made it out of Early Access. Dislodging DOTA 2 from the top spot on Steam is an incredible achievement for Brendan Greene (PlayerUnknown himself) and developer Bluehole Studio Inc. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is nowhere close  to DOTA 2‘s peak player count, which reached its height in 2016 and the two games continue to go back and forth in their fight for the highest current player count. You can find the stats below, with PUBG in green and DOTA 2 in blue.

DOTA 2 recently saw the conclusion of The International, the game’s biggest competition of the year where the winning team took home $10 million dollars. We wrote about this story earlier this month, when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds reached 500,000 concurrent players on steam, and at this rate, we may need to write another before the end of August.

Noah Buttner

Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he recently obtained a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.

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