Dota 2 is the undisputed king of Steam, the game every other aspires to get close to. Many have tried to emulate the playerbase Dota 2 has, even trying to knock it off the top spot, without success. That has now happened, and unsurprisingly it was PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
PUBG has been threatening this for a while now, and has finally managed to dethrone Dota 2 at the top of the concurrent-players table. It ended up only being a short lived experience, as Dota 2 did reclaim the top spot, however the prime time peak numbers for today, for the past 48 hours, show Dota 2 with 838, 519 players compared to an impressive 877,844 for PUBG.
It has been an impressive few months for Battlegrounds, becoming the most played non-Valve title on Steam last month, to now topping the concurrent players list. Steam giants such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive have only ever managed to record of 850, 485 players, though there is still some work to do to emulate Dota 2’s record amount of almost 1.3 million players.
What makes this feat more impressive is the fact PUBG is an Early Access game costing £27, going up against the free-to-play Dota 2. It broke the 8 million sales mark in July, and now stand at around 8.3 million copies sold in just 5 months since it was released. The game has also now been made a console launch exclusive for the Xbox One, which will no doubt be a big win for Microsoft.
In other PUBG news, Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene has confirmed the upcoming new desert map will be the same size as the original map Erangel; 8km by 8km and not 4×4 as previously announced. He said it made more sense, and gives ‘more flexibility’ for when moving onto custom games in the future.