Just like it was a few months ago: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a big, big deal. How do I know? Because the numbers don’t lie. Recently, according to SteamSpy, the game surpassed 6 million copies sold on Steam and now it holds the record for the highest peak player count of any non-Valve game on Steam.
The news came via the game’s official Twitter account itself:
We now hold the record for the highest peak player count of any non-Valve game! GG WP everyone <3 pic.twitter.com/cHjXPeSE8p
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) July 30, 2017
As you may remember a few weeks ago, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds passed GTA V in concurrent players but still had to leap Bethesda’s Fallout 4 before becoming the top non-Valve dog on Steam’s overall peak players ranking.
Looking more carefully at the above provided screenshot provided by the game’s official Twitter account, not only do we see the game closing in on 500,000 peak players (all while still being an Early Access title), but after Fallout 4 and GTA V it is demolishing the rest of the non-Valve competition: outpacing the next two games — Payday 2 and No Man’s Sky — combined.
But that’s non-Valve games. As you can see, if PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds seeks to leapfrog its way to either the No.2 or No.1 spot — replacing either CS:GO or Dota 2 — it has a long way to go, and many more boxes of Wheaties to eat.
In case this is your first time hearing about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: all you need to know is players start on a giant island with nothing and must fight in Battle-royale-style gameplay to locate weapons and supplies in a struggle to be the lone survivor. It is currently available via Steam Early Access for $29.99 USD, with a full-release scheduled to hit PC and Xbox One later this year. Eventually it is said to be coming to PS4 as well.