Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds‘ rise in popularity has been meteoric. The last man standing multiplayer phenomenon has been steadily creeping up on DOTA 2 as the most played game on Steam. And last night it did it – at just under 900,000, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds had the largest concurrent player count out of any game. Considering it only entered early access in March of this year, and DOTA 2‘s fiercely loyal fanbase has been growing since 2013, this is a pretty incredible feat. Check out the numbers for yourself below:

This is especially mindblowing because DOTA 2 is a Valve game, having been played by hundreds and thousands of people for years on Valve’s own gaming platform. DOTA 2 is also a fully-finished free-to-play game, while Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is unfinished, and costs $29.99. But there’s something truly unique about PUBG’s appeal. The tension created by the half stealth, half all-out warfare action is just so fun to be a part of, whether you’re playing yourself, or watching someone else play. Could it hit a million? It looks like it’s got a good chance.

So, what do you think of this news? Is Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds lining itself up for a rafter of GOTY nominations? Or is it all hype and no substance? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

  • Nicolas Söze

    IMO, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds absolutely deserve his rank ! The last man standing multiplayer IS NOT a phenomenon 🙂 By the way, h1z1 ranked fifth.