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PUBG Tops Steam With Most Concurrent Players, Pushes Aside Dota 2

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) continues to leave everyone amazed, and has now achieved what was perhaps previously thought impossible.

An incredible weekend saw the extremely popular game from Bluehole Studio become the third product on Steam to rack up 800,000 concurrent players. It now holds the record for the second-highest players at peak in history of the platform, surpassing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the process. Only Dota 2 remains in the front, which attained nearly 1.3 million players last March. However, that figure may soon be trumped as well.

On Sunday, creator Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene confirmed that PUBG had become the top game on Steam in terms of concurrent players. 877,844 players were enjoying the online battle royale experience at one time, beating out the player count of 842,919 of Dota 2.

The free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game has for long been registering the most active players on Steam. It is essentially the most-played and most-enjoyed game on the digital platform since it was released around four years back. This is the first time that a game, and a non-Valve at that, has been able to take lead. It goes without saying that the achievement of PUBG should not be taken lightly in any manner.

The sudden surge of players may be linked with the first-ever invitational held for the game at Gamescom 2017. The response was surprisingly good. Everyone enjoyed watching the action, more particularly from the first-person perspective.

PUBG has been in early access for five months and has sold eight million copies so far. For a week this month, it surpassed League of Legends to become the second-most watched game on Twitch.