PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds breaks Steam’s concurrent user record

    
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If you’ve spent the past few years playing games based on the title with the highest concurrent user count on Steam… well, you have an awful metric for what you play. But you’re about to be playing a new game, too. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has officially dethroned Dota 2 from the service’s all-time highest concurrent user count, beating the previous record by around 50,000 players with 1,342,857 players on the game at the same time.

The last-man-standing shooter launched about six months ago and has seen wild success on Steam, having already become the single most-played game on the service (the highest number of accumulated hours for all players). So for those of you already enjoying the game, it’s a feather in the title’s metaphorical cap, and for those of you who base your play decisions entirely up popularity metrics… well, here you go.

Source: Gamasutra; thanks to Steve for the tip!
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Rottenrotny

More deathmatch bandwagon boredom.

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Crueltylizer

Me and my friends are having a blast with this. We haven’t laughed together this much in a long time in any game. To me this is what gaming is all about. Not the game itself, but having fun with my friends and right now this game really delivers on these things.

I’m not even angry when losing a game as compared to games like Overwatch Competitive cause I feel like we go back and ask each other how to improve. What did we do wrong. What did we do right. And generally just having fun.

But this also just comes to show that even a game with basic principles can make it out there.

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kgptzac

If you guys can ask each other to improve one’s own luck… then good for you. There’s nothing more important than having a good luck in any encounters in this game.

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Crueltylizer

It is not all about luck. Of course luck does have a part to play it is just as important to be able to know when to engage and when not to.

Equally important is the ability to pick the right weapon when looting multiple weapons and equipping the right one for the current situation you are facing.

Just as important is aiming. Did you ADS in a CQ encountered? Did you use single, burst or full auto fire? All these are things to consider when in a squad and looking back at what went wrong.

I could go on about flanking, luring and so on but I’m not.

Thinking it all comes down to pure luck is just down right wrong and comes to show you can’t appreciate the game for what it actually can do and does for millions of players.

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Sim

PUBG is the best example of how a handful of streamers on Twitch can influence the success or failure of a modern game. Via word of mouth. That, and the fact that it’s a shooter help with its popularity.

edit: And before every game dev company jump on this bandwagon- Please know that there are already signs that those few streamers and their viewers have begun to get bored of the survival shooter genre. U will still profit if u can get your game out in the next couple years. But if it takes 4-5years to build your game- you’re too late to the party. =)

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Sally Bowls

Some financial thoughts:

1) Could this change Sony’s policy? It is easy for Sony that sold twice as many consoles as M$ to not let FORTNITE cross-platform. But when PUBG is available on XB & PC, will they still say no thank you to PUBG?

2) Aren’t you glad you aren’t the H1Z1 business manager?

3) still-salty-snark: isn’t PUBG big enough that Turbine needs to jump in this market.

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Robert Mann

Meh. There’s always some popular game out there focused on our culture of trash talk… no thanks.

I don’t mind friendly PvP, but from all I have seen… that means limiting who is involved highly. Popularity in these games acts as a warning flag to me.

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Mewmew

This is the new PvP go to game, and good for them for becoming it. The thing that upsets me is other games seeing these concurrent numbers and thinking “Hey we need a piece of that” (I’m looking at you Fortnite / Epic). You won’t be able to compete with it, you’ll be some lackluster 2ndary title that doesn’t gain steam and loses out to it. They came up with the idea, they did it right (game play wise, maybe not the way Devs are handling certain other things), they won the PvP lottery and have the players. There aren’t enough of these players to support a bunch of different titles of this type however, and trying to steal them away from the few games doing it right won’t get you much of anything. Come up with your own concept and own game, forget that these guys got so many players right now.

Sadly I see our future with a influx of even more PvP games nobody will play rushing out hoping to cash in on what somebody else got right. It’s not just their loss, it’s our loss as players too. Focus on something else.

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A Dad Supreme

This game’s hype is now the reverse of when people talk a game down. They literally don’t have to do anything else at this point to get new customers, word of mouth will keep them selling which is great.

The reverse is true when a game gets a bad rep: no matter how much they hype it or “deal” it with incentives, it will continue to slide downward due to word of mouth.

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Melissa McDonald

“The time of the carebears is ending. My people are leaving these shores.”

Seems PvE is a relic of the past.

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borghive

Don’t fret, there are plenty of PVE games out there.

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Melissa McDonald

I’ve retreated back to LOTRO almost exclusively anymore

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borghive

Lotro is my go to as well. :)

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Sorenthaz

PvP is the easiest money maker because it requires so much less time/effort/resources compared to compelling PvE and it plays to peoples’ competitive natures/inner sociopaths.

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borghive

How is killing NPCs any different than killing other players?

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Melissa McDonald

NPCs don’t chase you across an entire zone, taunt, or teabag. Not to mention that they don’t target you simply for being female. They don’t go outside their bounds. And they don’t get a ‘rush’ from killing another human player. The reasons for hating PvP are numerous and varied, and almost entirely emotional.

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I wouldn’t say people get a rush from killing other players, I think they like the challenge of playing against a human instead of some boring scripted AI.

I think you just need to find the right game that doesn’t attract the morons you spoke of above. The Lotro Entmoors is loads of fun and is largely void of the toxicity you spoke about.

My guild on Arkenstone has regular PVP events and we a lot of good clean fun with it.

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Robert Mann

There is hope, even some of the PvP focused games have talked about the idea of PvE/RP servers as they know there is demand, and that their current efforts to limit the toxic behavior of the worst sort of PvPers is not anywhere close to enough (not that there aren’t plenty of toxic people in non-PvP games, which is still an issue in need of work!)

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MassivelyMacD

You are aware that in that past you mention also games like various Battlefields and Call of Duties existed?

Shooters have always had a much broader (read: larger) audience than even the biggest MMOs that focused on PvE. Nothing new here.

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Melissa McDonald

Could be just that Massively doesn’t cover those games so my perception is skewed. Regardless, it does seem that PvE MMOs are a relic of the past.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Right now there is certainly a derth of PvE oriented MMO/mini-MMOs in the hopper. What we have is a slew of games styling themselves “sandboxes,” which apparently is the way devs are labeling their PvP focused games. Did they all take a class or something?

I’m not seeing any AAA PvE MMOs in the near future at all. There are some games, like Amazon’s new title and whatever D4 project Blizzard is working on, that might brighten that dim horizon, but since we know nothing about either of these projects, who knows?

I don’t know that these lobby shooters (if that is what this is, not really paying attention) are any more popular then Madden Football ever was. It’s just that they are a lot more visible because they’ve jumped the barrier between competitive co-op games and MMOs.

There’s no doubt that the strictly PvE player appears to be sidelined at best. At worst, our choices for great gaming is narrowed down to the handful of reliables that have been around for years and continue to deliver engaging PvE content.

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Veldan

I don’t know anything about this game other than that you can run around and shoot. (And troll? I seem to recall something about repeatedly driving a car past a streamer and honking :D)

Anyone care to explain how this game works or why it’s so popular?

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Robert Mann

It’s a shrinking map PvP shooter. It has newer shiny as compared to other such shooters. Uh… trash talk and newer graphics wins popularity contests again?

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zeko_rena

This game looks so dull and boring to me, but glad to see its been a success for the developers!