You sit in the distressed cargo plane waiting for the right moment. To your left, a copper-haired lady in a Where’s Waldo? shirt and steampunk glasses sits motionless. Across the aisle, you spot a twenty-something guy in nothing but his underwear and some blue high tops. It’s you and 99 other weirdos on this plane, all waiting to dive out onto a remote island and murder each other for a plate of chicken. You land on the island and feel helplessly alone against the swarms of folks waiting to take you out. There is no need to feel like you are alone, though, because 230,000 other people are taking the same plane ride as you in this exact moment.
For a brief moment tonight, @PUBATTLEGROUNDS had more players online than @csgo_dev! Thank you one and all <3 a="" href="https://t.co/BYN7qdSTgB" data-mce-href="https://t.co/BYN7qdSTgB">pic.twitter.com/BYN7qdSTgB— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@BattleRoyaleMod) July 9, 2017
In a tweet from PlayerUnknown himself early Sunday morning, it has been revealed that 230,000+ concurrent players were on the island of death. For a short time, the concurrent player count of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) eclipsed that of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In case you’ve been in a coma since seeing Armageddon in theaters, Counter-Strike (in its various incarnations) has been one of the most played PC games of all time. After Valve’s other gargantuan hit, Dota 2, CS:GO is typically the most played game on Steam. According to Steam Spy, CS:GO has sold around 30 million copies. It is also one of the biggest eSports in the world. For a game like PUBG to achieve a milestone of this magnitude so soon after launching onto Steam Early Access back in March is very impressive.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is unquestionably the runaway hit of early 2017 and is consistently one of the most watched games on Twitch. A simple premise, exciting gameplay, and a seemingly infinite number of amazing moments has made PUBG one of the most watchable PC games ever made. The rapid rise of PUBG has raised many eyes around the industry. At this year’s E3 show in June, Microsoft revealed that PUBG would be coming exclusively to the Xbox One consoles. As popular as it already is on PCs, expect the concurrent player count to continue rising once PUBG releases on Microsoft’s console.