PUBG Hits 5 Million Sales In Only 4 Months

Continuing to rise and outshine the many similar games that have come before it, survival shooter Player Unknown's Battlegrounds has hit a nice milestone.

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The marriage of development team Bluehole, Inc. and the creator of the DayZ: Battle Royale, Brendon Green aka PlayerUnknown, continues to bear major fruit. We reported that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds had reached $100 million sales on 4 million units just a couple months ago and, as reported by PC Gamer, the game has now surpassed the 5 million unit mark.

The report is based on SteamSpy so it isn't an official announcement of the milestone, but Bluehole will likely speak on this sometime soon. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is of a genre of games modeled after the Japanese manga and film Battle Royale where a select number of people are dropped into a remote area and the last one alive is the winner. Battlegrounds' contests involve 100 contestants and players can either play in solo, duo, and 4-player squad matches. 

The incredibly intense game has grown in popularity not only for how fun it is to play but how fun it is to watch. The game sits right at the head of the pack on Twitch with 150,000+ viewers at the time this article was written and you're likely in the minority if you haven't seen a highlight video of some ridiculous feat in-game come across your social media at some point.

It did well enough right at launch in March of this year that it was welcome on stage at the E3 PC Gamer Show to show off its more ambitious future updates and break the news that it will be coming to Xbox One as a console exclusive.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is currently available on Steam for $29.99 and will be coming to Xbox One in late 2017. Even if sales slow a great deal, the game sits in the company of DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike for concurrent players on Steam. That's some incredible company to keep.

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    July 24, 2017 1:00 PM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, PUBG Hits 5 Million Sales In Only 4 Months

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      July 24, 2017 1:04 PM

      Awesome I hope that guy is getting paid

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      July 24, 2017 1:11 PM

      as someone who only recently started playing, have dev updates been quick and/or substantial? or are they too busy counting their money

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        July 24, 2017 1:31 PM

        They are doing usually one large patch a month and each one usually focusing on one large thing such as netcode, optimization of the game, server performance. The next one in I think the 1st week of August is supposed to add 1st person only servers, fov sliders and some other things that I can't remember.

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        July 24, 2017 1:35 PM

        Recent patches have been very substantial in terms of performance and stability.

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      July 24, 2017 1:32 PM

      how long does a single game usually last?

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        July 24, 2017 1:34 PM

        Depends on when you're killed. You don't wait it out if you're killed. You exit and join another immediately.

        Minutes if you are killed early, 30'ish I think(?) if you make it to end.

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          July 24, 2017 1:36 PM

          do you turn into a "ghost" (like CS) so you can follow how other players are playing, etc?

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            July 24, 2017 1:37 PM

            No, but I believe more is in the works for at least kill cams and various other parts of spectating.

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              July 24, 2017 1:43 PM

              ^I'm commenting for solo mode mwasher is right below you can spec your teammates if you're doing duo or squad.

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            July 24, 2017 1:37 PM

            You can spec teammates only.

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        July 24, 2017 1:34 PM

        1 minute to about 40 minutes depending on your success.

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        July 24, 2017 1:38 PM

        i land in the most hostile zone and go full rambo when i'm playing solo so i get the most high speed practice in. so about 3 minutes

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        July 24, 2017 1:44 PM

        Usually die within 10 minutes. Even if you win it lasts less than 35 minutes.