Roughly three million people own PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), and over 200,000 of them were online simultaneously this week.
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The stats solidify PUBG’s grip on third place on Steam’s top games list, behind Valve’s constant leaders Dota 2 and CS:GO. Just as significantly, PUBG has consigned its main rival, H1Z1: King of the Kill, to a distant fourth place with 118,288 concurrent players.
The story of PUBG is one of milestones: it made over $11 million in the first week of its early access launch, sold a million copies in just over two, and sold two million in just over a month. And now, halfway through its third month, it’s added another million owners; according to Steamspy, PUBG has 2,976,921 owners within a margin 53,642, meaning it could well have passed the three million mark.
H1Z1: King of the Kill is still leading on ownership – with roughly 2.5 million more – but it’s been out for 16 months, rather than two and a bit. Median total playtime in PUBG is also way higher than in H1Z1 (27 hours compared to 16), indicating that people tire of the latter much more quickly.
If it wasn’t clear already, it’s now time to call it: there’s a new ‘king’ of the battle royale genre.