Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has been getting a lot of attention lately and it’s all for the right reasons. For what seems like an eternity, Dota 2 has held the top spot for concurrent players on steam, this means that the game had the most players at one given time. For Dota 2 this happened back in March 2016 when it had a massive 1,291,328 players playing at the same time. The number to beat has always been so far off that it didn’t seem like any other game could even get close. Counter-Strike Global-Offensive had been in second since around the same time with 850,485 during April of 2016. The two top Valve games never seemed to have any contest and really showed that they are both timeless games being released back in 2013, and 2012 respectively.
Fast forward to 2017, it’s July and PUBG has been hurdling ahead of the pack becoming the record holder for the highest peak player count for a non-Valve game. With 481,291 peak players it was ranked 3rd on Steam overall as both Dota 2 and Counter-Strike are made by Valve. This was a huge achievement for a game still only in early access but could Player Unknown really catch the almighty GabeN?
Fast forward again to now, it’s September and PUBG has done it, with a whopping 1,348,374 it has overtaken Dota 2 for the number one spot. It’s not hard to see how it managed to become so popular, taking an already successful genre and the power of the internet with it’s beloved memes.
It hasn’t been an easy road to get there though, as of the 13th of September, Battle eye has banned over 150,000 players from the PUBG servers for various offenses. Many times it has come under fire for how it handles the rising problem of stream sniping, with offenders often claiming there is no proof or explanation. Streaming has been a huge part in the rise of popularity of the battle royale game and so it seems only fair for them to take care of those streamers who helped get them to where they are today. However, it is often hard to know where to draw the line with even streamers themselves participating in some reportable activities or exploiting glitches.
There is no evidence to suggest that PUBG’s popularity is slowing down, with over 10 million copies sold already and the player count ever growing. There are some new things coming to the game soon that have been teased by Player Unknown at Gamescom and in various tweets and interviews. A new map will be added to the battle royale that will see players battle it out in a desert scene of South America. To go with the new map there are a few changes within the game to adjust to the new setting. These additions include smaller water vessels for the considerable lack of water on the new map as well as possible bicycles. There has already been the addition of some new weapons such as the Mini-14 to the current map Erangel as well as the foggy weather effect.