It’s well known by now that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has left a massive dent in the video gaming industry – and now it’s just how big that dent really is, seeing as the game has now broken into the top 10 best-selling video games of all time. The battle royale shooter from Bluehole (which is now PUBG Corporation) received various accolades and honors for 2017, and its success hasn’t slowed down in 2018 so far, at least not with regard to sales.
Even with stiff competition from Fortnite Battle Royale, Battlegrounds has persevered. However, it’s worth noting that the game has had a long-standing issue with cheaters. Gamers who play PUBG – which features 100 players skydiving onto a large map, looting buildings, and fighting off each other until one player/squad remains – have had their gameplay experiences marred by constant cheaters who’ve avoided being banned. While the studio has undergone numerous purges of said cheaters, nefarious players continue to crop up daily, and it’s becoming an issue for PC players who’ve supported the title since the very beginning, even when PUBG officially released without fixing its biggest issues.
Bloomberg‘s Yufi Nakamura reports that PUBG has hit over 30 million in sales on PC (as of the time of this writing), with an addition 4 million sales coming from the recent Xbox One release, thus bringing its total to over 34 million.
PUBG hit 30m in sales this week, but it is churning hard. Bluehole still not taking cheaters seriously enough imo pic.twitter.com/Iqjz8BPzVE— Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56) February 14, 2018
According to numbers from SteamSpy, the total sales on PC are approximately 30,193,726 (give or take 167,538). Adding that number to the reported Xbox One sales, and PUBG currently sits in seventh place on the list of best-selling video games of all time with an estimated 34.193 million in sales. PUBG is blasting past titles such as New Super Mario Bros. and Wii Sports Resort, as well as classics like Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. It’s impressive considering that PUBG started out in early access and only recently hit version 1.0.
But as the tweet from Bloomberg’s Nakamura points out, the number of concurrent players on PC peaked last month, and there has been a steady downward trend ever since. The Xbox One version is also known to have several technical issues, which may be scaring off some console-exclusive players from purchasing the game. So, while PUBG Corp. continues to crack down on cheaters, they will probably need more than just one new map to keep PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ player base satiated going forward, especially with more games adding their own battle royale modes to compete in the new market.
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