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PUBG celebrates 50 million sold with its first-ever Steam sale

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Update, June 19: PUBG’s first Steam sale is underway, following some impressive new sales numbers.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has reached yet another sales milestone, and the developers are celebrating with the game’s first Steam sale. The game has sold 50 million units worldwide across PC and Xbox, and the player numbers are up to 400 million once you factor in the free mobile edition. All told, PUBG Corp says it's got 87 million daily active users across all platforms.

As of today, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available at a 33% discount on Steam, bringing the price down to $19.99 / £18.08 / €19.99. This deal will last until July 5. This is notably the first time the game’s ever had its own proper Steam sale. Other third-party sellers have offered slight discounts on PUBG in the past, but this is still the cheapest the game’s ever been.

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50 million sold is impressive, even in light of PUBG’s somewhat decreasing player numbers. While the number of people playing remains astoundingly high - still by far the most-played game on Steam by player count - the game has seen a significant drop-off in popularity since the start of the year.

The all-time peak player count for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is 3,236,027, a figure it reached in mid-January, far above those of its biggest competitors on Steam: Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. As of today, its 24-hour peak sits at 1,282,998, less than half of what it was five months ago, according to Steam Charts.

It’s worth noting that PUBG came out over a year ago, and with so many multiplayer games vying for your attention, it’s not too surprising that its player count would slip - especially given the popularity of Fortnite, which offers an enticing zero dollar price tag. It’s also been beset by issues with cheaters, which will have driven honest players away despite PUBG Corp’s best efforts. If you do fancy pitting the two directly against one another, check out our take on which is better - Fortnite or PUBG.

In the announcement, PUBG Corp even says “We know there’s still so much we can do to make PUBG a better game for our players,” emphasized with bold text. But with all that in mind, PUBG is still by far the most-played game on Steam, and its first sale will only help to cement that position. Whether that’ll be enough to stem the rising tide of other battle royales remains to be seen, but for now PUBG is doing just fine.

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BreakLegosaurus Avatar
1 Month ago

Thats what happens when you don't update your game with simple QoL changes and fixes for issues that the community have been asking for since release but continue to just make your own game or expect the community to entertain itself with mods.

WhiteCrow Avatar
1 Month ago

Couldn't agree more. Bought the game, played about 12 hours, but ultimately decided to wait on it a bit to get more polish. Yeah, that never ended up happening. This fits right in with Rust and Ark for me, two games I never touched and don't plan to. Shoddy development with spaghetti code guided by people who either don't understand the importance of polish, QoL, and performance or are incapable of it.

Compared to what Epic can produce, this game is the cheap Dollar Store brand item, while Fortnite is the real deal.

Droniac Avatar
9 Months ago

Wouldn't that make this the second STEAM game to hit over a million concurrent players? I suspect there are various non-Steam games that (have) hit over a million concurrent players. League of Legends for example, but likely also World of WarCraft a decade ago or so and probably Minecraft? None of those statistics are available, of course, but I'd be surprised if those games hadn't peaked a great deal higher than DOTA 2 and PUBG have managed thus far.

*sigh* Avatar
11 Months ago

Guess they have all the money then.

Anakhoresis Avatar
9 Months ago

I'm not really a PUBG fan, but I think it's important to point out that, as far as I understand, Dota 2 claimed that throne of most concurrent users because you can view live matches and the peak was during the International. So it's not like they had that many -players-, they had that many people running the game. As far as I know there isn't anything similar in PUBG, so most likely the actual player count was higher.

Premchand Avatar
9 Months ago

This is really impressive. Especially considering its a early access game... no wonder AAA publishers think people are okay with bugs nowadays :D. Congrats to bluehole.

Selarek Avatar
6 Months ago

I'm glad I'm NOT one of those owners, I think this game is highly overrated.

SpiritChef Avatar
1 Week ago

"It’s also been beset by issues with cheaters, which will have driven honest players away despite PUBG Corp’s best efforts."

Hahah nice one....