It was only a couple of months ago that I wrote a piece praising PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for selling 4 million copies and making over 100 million dollars. Today, PlayerUnknown (the man responsible for this game) announced on Twitter that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has sold 10 million copies on Steam.
10 MILLION SOLD! Never did I think we would reach such a number! Thank you all for your continuing support of the @PUBATTLEGROUNDS team <3
— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) September 5, 2017
That number is absolutely insane for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this game is still in early access beta, meaning that this isn’t even the final product yet. Secondly, even if you disregard the fact that this game isn’t finished yet, 10 million is a colossal number of copies to have been sold. For comparison, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch) and Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) have sold around 3.3 million copies each in 2017.
It’s also worth noting that PUBG is one of the most popular games being played, as well as being purchased. It’s all well and good selling a lot of copies, but it means nothing if nobody plays it – looking at you No Man’s Sky. Thankfully, PUBG has a lot of people playing it. It even overtook Dota 2 as the most played game by the number of concurrent players on Steam in August – this on its own is an impressive acheivement.
Since Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds was released in March of this year, it has maintained its immense momentum. And when you consider that it’s being released on the Xbox One later this year, this momentum will only continue for the forseable future.