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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds claims record for most peak players in a non-Valve game

The early access battle royale game has dethroned Fallout 4 as the non-Valve title with the most on-record concurrent players.

Alissa McAloon

July 31, 2017

1 Min Read

The popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been rapidly ballooning since the game first launched into early access just 4 months ago.

Just shortly after SteamSpy clocked PUBG at 6 million copies sold, the Bluehole-developed battle royale game has dethroned Fallout 4 to become the most concurrently-played game on Steam, not counting Valve's own titles. 

On July 30, a grand total of 481,291 players sat down to enjoy some of the high-tension scavenging, sneaking, and shooting offered by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, officially giving it the third highest peak player count of any game on Steam.

While the game is still a far way off from breaking Dota 2’s peak players record of 1.2 million or even the 850k set by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds now has the highest peak players of any non-Valve game on Steam.

It’s worth noting that this peak player-count comes as the game is in the midst of its early access period. The game is expected to launch in full before the end of 2017 and has a handful of new features, including more maps and first-person servers, planned prior to that launch.

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Alissa McAloon

Publisher, GameDeveloper.com

As the Publisher of Game Developer, Alissa McAloon brings a decade of experience in the video game industry and media. When not working in the world of B2B game journalism, Alissa enjoys spending her time in the worlds of immersive sandbox games or dabbling in the occasional TTRPG.

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