Dota 2 has long been Steam’s most played game; but it lost that precious title for a few hours to a game that hasn’t even technically been released. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is rapidly becoming an early access success story. Drawing in more players than even the world’s most popular MOBA over the weekend.
The premise of PUBG is easy enough. A hundred players parachute onto an island and fight to the death. Weapons must be scavenged and ammunition is limited; leaving people to be extra sneaky with their approach to the game. Something that has made it extremely popular with Twitch streamers since the game went into early access.
PUBG topped out at 877,844 players over the weekend, beating Dota 2’s peak of 838,519. It’s not entirely a significant change, but one that signals just how popular the game has become among gamers. Only Counter Strike: Global Offensive has had the honour of dethroning Dota 2 since the game was launched on Steam.
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Of course, we are unlikely to see esports events popping up for PUBG any time soon. It’s simply not designed for this sort of thing. Unless there’s an arena that would like to host a hundred player battle royale style event.
PUBG is set to be released on Xbox One when it’s finally finished; although nobody knows when that will be. It’s doing just fine in early access for now, and the developer doesn’t need to rush to complete anything. In fact, the game only recently got the ability to vault over fences and still only has one map.
[Source: The Verge]