It’s been out only four months or so and is still in early access, but Bluehold Studio Inc.’s zany murder sim has already managed to surpass PC megagames like Grand Theft Auto V and Fallout 4 to become Steam’s most-played game ever that isn’t made by Valve (and includes frying pans).
According to the game’s official Twitter account, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has dropped in at third place on Steam’s popularity contest rankings, with 481,291 players logged in simultaneously sometime over the weekend. It’s a long way behind Dota 2 and CS:GO, obviously, but probably only because most 10-year olds have no real responsibilities and much more time to swear at people on the internet.
We now hold the record for the highest peak player count of any non-Valve game! GG WP everyone <3 pic.twitter.com/cHjXPeSE8p
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) July 30, 2017
The game has also sold over six million copies, banking more than $100 million in revenue, since it launched into early access in March, and an Xbox One version is expected to launch in 2018. I wish I’d thought of it first.