PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has reached a new high with its current peak concurrent player count passing 2 million players on the back of over 16 million sold copies. According to SteamSpy most of the new players are from China.
Those of you too busy scrambling for a chicken dinner might not have noticed, but PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has grown to be the biggest surprise PC hit since Minecraft. The battle royale shooter has passed 16 million copies sold according to SteamSpy, and is now firmly on top of Steam's most played games list with an impressive score of 2,041,534 peak concurrent players.
PUBG has been growing at a steady rate initially, but the numbers have been rampant in the last two months with player counts almost doubling and a lot of the game's current momentum seems to be carried by players from China.
For example, yes, PUBG did decline a bit in the US lately but it was offset by skyrocketing player base in China and Korea pic.twitter.com/7iIUk5WxBs— Steam Spy (@Steam_Spy) October 11, 2017
There is still room for PUBG to grow its playerbase on PC, but where those hypothetical future palyers might come from is still anyone's best guess.
It is also worth keeping in mind that an Xbox One version of PUBG is on its way, and should be arriving before the end of 2017. PlayStation 4 players might have to wait for a decent while longer, as there are rumours flying around that Microsoft are trying to negotiate an extended console exclusivity deal for their own platform. This would leave Sony PUBGless for longer than the usual 3 month delayed exclusivity.
PC players have entirely different issues on their mind and most of them are related to the game's performance and networking issues, as noted during a recent reddit AMA with Brendan PlayerUnknown Greene.