'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' smashes Steam's peak user record

Jon Fingas
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has broken another Steam record, and this time it might stick.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has broken another Steam record, and this time it might stick. The battle royale shooter just surpassed Valve's Dota 2 to claim the all-time record for peak player count, with 1.34 million gamers fighting for survival versus a little less than 1.3 million for its rival. That's not bad for a game that was only released in Early Access form in March.

PlayerUnknown is clearly interested in bragging rights here, but the record does speak to PUBG's accessibility. It's not just a shooter (by far one of Steam's most popular genres), it's based around an idea that everyone can understand: make sure you're the last one alive. Combine that with a degree of depth and you can imagine many people willingly putting up with the unfinished game's many bugs just to see what the fuss is about.

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