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PC Gaming Weekly: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds could still get much bigger

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the biggest PC game in the world right now. Of course, that’s not exactly true because more people are still playing Dota 2 or League of Legends, but this is the closest any game has come in a while to getting into the conversation with those perennial champs.

Last weekend, PUBG — as fans tend to call it — beat Grand Theft Auto V’s all-time high for concurrent players on Steam with 382,779 people all online at the same time. That’s a massive number that is enough to make it the No. 4 most simultaneous players in the history of Steam. It’s also only behind Fallout 4 in terms of non-Valve releases.

With that level of success, however, you can maybe start waiting for the other shoe to drop. For an unfinished Early Access game like PUBG, that other shoe could come in the form of angry fans who lose faith in the developer. But we also saw this week how Bluehole and Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene himself are willing to rub their audience the wrong way to make a statement. Greene banned the megapopular Twitch streamer DrDisRespect for breaking a rule that prohibits killing your own teammate deliberately.

But now that “beef” has blown over, and PUBG is still growing. What’s perhaps most impressive about that is the growth isn’t just in the U.S. or certain parts of Asia. It is global. China is one of Bluehole’s fastest growing markets, and the studio has not even partnered with publisher in that country yet. That is coming, and it seems like it could make PUBG even bigger.

And that’s why I feel confident mentioning Battlegrounds alongside Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends. It seems like it’s the only game anyone on the planet is playing right now.

–Jeff Grubb, GamesBeat PC gaming editor

P.S. You have to get chicken dinner for your friends’ birthdays.

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